ESPN’s Adam Schefter dropped this little bombshell on Twitter, a little earlier this morning:
If Peyton Manning is released, Redskins are expected to pursue him. Redskins also prepared to pursue free agents Matt Flynn and Kyle Orton.
There have been continued “whispers” all offseason that Peyton Manning is on the Redskins wish list, but none of these rumors have been stated with the same level of certainty – nor from any source of similar credibility – as what Schefter is saying.
Interestingly, while the first sentence is the real headline-grabber, the second sentence may actually be slightly more revealing. There has been a huge contingent of Redskins fans who believe they should (or will) select a quarterback with an early pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, namely Robert Griffin III from Baylor University.
But if the Redskins are targeting Matt Flynn or Kyle Orton in addition to Manning, this is likely a signal that head coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins front office aren’t interested in waiting for a young QB to develop, and are more interested in finding a “ready-to-go” solution.