Broncos long on odds to land Peyton Manning

11:07 PM, Mar 7, 2012   |    comments
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Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)


One of those teams could be the Denver Broncos, but it's a long shot.

RJ Bell of, a web-based sports book making operation, has installed the Arizona Cardinals as the betting favorite in the wake of the quarterback's press conference announcing that he is parting ways with the Colts. Here are his odds, based on the percentage of chance that team has, along with analysis by the Arizona Republic:

1. Cardinals - 19 percent (One argument against the Cardinals is that they have the least salary cap flexibility among the perceived contenders. Now who would have taken that bet a few years ago?)

2. Dolphins - 16.5 percent. (Most have Miami as the favorite because this is the team most likely to offer the most guaranteed money).

3. Jets - 9.5 percent (We just don't see Manning wanting any part of Rex Ryan and that Jets drama).

4. Chiefs - 7.5 percent (It's a winnable division and a pretty good team once running back Jamaal Charles returns from a knee injury).

5. Retirement - 6 percent (After a reported four neck procedures, this has to be on the Manning board).

6. Seahawks - 6 percent (Seattle has emerged as a "sexy pick" as they say. Hey, we know from his Southern California days that money is no object when Seachickens coach Pete Carroll wants a player).

7. Texans - 4 percent (It makes great sense for Manning. For the Texans with a healthy Matt Schaub, not so much).

8. 49ers - 3 percent (Trivia question: who started the last game for the Colts before Manning's streak of 208 regular-season games? Answer: Jim Harbaugh. We're big on symmetry so we'd give the 49ers much better odds).

9. Broncos - 3 percent (Makes sense on a few levels. First, John Elway would love to have him and Manning knows Elway. Second, Colts fans hate Elway because he wouldn't play there, so it would be kind of a stick to the Colts. More important, Broncos coach John Fox doesn't want anything to do with the offense anyway, so he'll gladly hand it over to Manning and let him decide how to use that H-back wearing No. 15).

10. Titans - 1.5 percent (It would sort of be like going home. So would going to New Orleans, which might actually make some sense if Drew Brees gets his girdle in a bunch over being hit with the franchise tag and sits out the season).

The Rest of the Field - 11 percent (It never hurts to ask, and just about every team in the NFL will be inquiring except, of course, one. The team that plays in a stadium that this guy essentially built).

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