by JJ Cameron

It was the most debated question of the 2005 fantasy football draft: Is Peyton Manning worthy of the number-one overall draft pick? While running backs typically own that position, it was difficult to ignore this quaterback’s record-breaking 50 TD passes from the year before?

After Manning put up less than stellar numbers this season, however, and chocked once again in the playoffs, a different issue needs to be raised: is Peyton worthy of any draft pick?

Peyton Manning hangs his head ... againOkay, that may be exaggerating a bit - but the performance of Indy’s star QB at the Pro Bowl isn’t exactly encouraging. He finished the contest 13/26 for 139 yards, with one touchdown and THREE interceptions. Granted, it was raining. And, sure, this was only an exhibition.

But even after being leveled by Joey Porter and the Pittsburgh defense in the playoffs this season, the biggest hit Manning took may have been to his confidence. He’ll still put up significant stats in 2006 - especially if Edgerrin James signs elsewhere - but he may not even be the first member of his family chosen in next year’s draft.

The question is no longer whether or not Peyton deserves the top overall pick, but whether or not he should even be selected in the first round. The Files would advise against it.



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February 14, 2006 @ 11:02 am

[…] While we know where stars such as Peyton Manning will be playing for the rest of their careers, other notable passers may be suiting up elsewhere in 2006. The most intriguing of these signal callers is undoubtedly Drew Brees. Coming off another impressive campaign, Brees was tabbed as the franchise player by San Diego last season. […]


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February 15, 2006 @ 10:42 am

[…] The mercurial, selfish, incredibly awful Leaf was selected second overall (behind Peyton Manning) in the 1998 draft. He didn’t last long in San Diego, however, creating problems off the field while throwing 36 interceptions on it. […]


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February 17, 2006 @ 10:43 am

[…] The Files thinks this means the end of James’ days in Indianapolis. He has clashed with the organization over his contract status before, and Wayne seems like the safer “franchise” option for the Colts at this point. If they can keep Peyton Manning’s receiving corps intact, they may be content to sign a lower-priced free agent to replace James. Failing that, they might opt for a committee approach, comprised of current backups Dominic Rhodes and James Mungro. […]


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February 23, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

[…] The contract keeps Wayne with Colts through 2011 season and cements the elite receiving corps that Peyton Manning has used to power the team for years. Seven-time Pro Bowler Marvin Harrison and talented Brandon Stokley will also be back in 2006 and hopefully beyond. […]


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March 2, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

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April 5, 2006 @ 10:16 am

[…] Along with Peyton Manning, McNair was the league’s co-MVP in 2003. But that wasn’t enough to permit entrance into the Titans’ work out building for the 11-year veteran. The team’s general counsel told McNair’s agent they don’t want him attending any offseason conditioning programs until his contract is reworked. […]

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