In what will no doubt fuel some to believe the Kansas City Chiefs will be a player in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, head coach Romeo Crennel and GM Scott Pioli both say they are looking forward to a quarterback competition next season.
Talking with The Kansas City Star, the two men echoed what we have heard plenty over the last few years: competition is good for everyone.
“There will be increased competition at every position, including the quarterback position,” Pioli told the paper. “Who that is, I don’t know. Maybe it’s Kyle (Orton), maybe it’s another free agent, maybe it’s a draft choice, I don’t know.”
Crennel praised what last year’s starter Matt Cassel did two seasons ago by leading the Chiefs to the playoffs, but was on the same page as Pioli.
“What happens in free agency remains to be seen,” Crennel said. “I know competition makes everybody better, and we’ll just have to see what kind of competition we’re going to have at the quarterback position.”
While the Manning melodrama plays out in Indianapolis, fans of every team dream of the future Hall of Fame QB of riding into town on a white horse to save their offense. What is often left out of that dream situation is Manning’s health (I’d leak I was healthy too if I was due a huge bonus from my team) not to mention the large price tag that will be attached to the quarterback.
It’s that last part that should open the eyes of Chiefs fans. Considering how tight owner Clark Hunt has been with his checkbook, it’s hard to imagine him handing a blank check to Manning (or anyone else for that matter).
There has been no reason to believe Hunt has anything other than the team’s bottom line in his best interest. So if Manning is indeed released, I won’t believe he has a realistic chance to see him in Kansas City until his name is actually on a contract.