Teams will begin lining up to bid on Manning

A pedestrian walks by a large monitor in downtown Chicago on Wednesday as it shows a news conference announcing the Colts release of QB Peyton Manning.

Rex Ryan’s Jets need leadership in a lost locker room.


The Dolphins are looking for stability at a position that has been a revolving door since Dan Marino retired.

The Cardinals want to get back to the Super Bowl, and could be one elite quarterback away.

Peyton Manning, anyone?

The four-time NFL MVP got released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, but made it clear he still wants to play.

The question is where. Here’s a look at some of his options.

CARDINALS: Having Larry Fitzgerald there would give Manning a game-
changing receiver. Arizona would also offer a warm-weather climate.

The problem? Arizona signed Kevin Kolb to a huge contract in the off-season, and would owe him a $7 million roster bonus on March 17 if he remains on the team.

BRONCOS: What about Tebow Time?

Well, despite going 8-5 and guiding them back to the playoffs for the first time in six years, Tim Tebow lost four of his last five starts and completed fewer than half his passes. Team vice president John Elway has said Tebow will be the starter when training camp rolls around – but stopped short of naming him the QB for the season.

CHIEFS: Matt Cassel was a Pro Bowl quarterback two years ago, but a healthy Manning would be a big step up. They also have a terrific trio of young playmakers in running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Moeaki.

DOLPHINS: When they hired the offensive-minded Joe Philbin as coach in January, team officials privately said they would go after Manning if he became available.

Miami has money, terrific talent and warm weather: three big selling points for the Dolphins. Manning also has a home there.

JETS: Ryan has repeatedly expressed his admiration and respect for Manning, and they aren’t far removed from winning. They went to consecutive AFC Championship games before in-fighting contributed to the team finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle has its franchise running back in Marshawn Lynch, and seems to be solid with receivers Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Doug Baldwin and tight end Zach Miller. The offensive line is young and improved, but the remaining question is at quarterback.

TITANS: While a happy homecoming would make for a nice story, general manager Ruston Webster has said twice in the past month – to season-ticket holders – and at the NFL combine that the team is happy with its quarterbacks.

REDSKINS: Owner Dan Snyder always seems to be in play when it comes to signing big-name free agents, and they are in major need of a quarterback.