With the 49ers recently emerging as a mystery candidate in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, one former San Fran signal-caller, who, you know, was pretty good in his own right, gave his two cents on where #18 might end up.
His opinion … well, was not too surprising.
Appearing on SportsCenter, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young revealed that coach Jim Harbaugh threw with Manning during their private work out at Duke University this week, one of many factors that will “probably” lead to the team signing the much-discussed free agent.
“Trent Baalke laid low, he did the research, Jim Harbaugh threw with Peyton Manning,” Young said. “They didn’t get in the front pages. They know that they are the best answer for Peyton Manning. They know they have the best defense in the league to offer. They know they have the offensive weapons. They know they have Jim Harbaugh. They know all the pieces in place for Peyton Manning. It is the best opportunity for Peyton Manning. They knew it, and they waited for the wannabes to exhaust themselves, and then they came in right at the end, and that’s why I think they’ll probably land him at this point.”
Young feels the 49ers are the most attractive option to Manning, given the fact they’re already in win-now mode.
“I know Peyton Manning is looking for a team to join now and win a division now and go to the Super Bowl now,” Young said. “That’s the San Francisco 49ers.”
For what it’s worth (which is probably not much), a fellow Hall of Famer also shares Young’s sentiments.
Payton Manning would be a great fitfor the 49ers. What y’all think?
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) March 17, 2012
Bias aside, Young certainly does raise some fair points. Other than money, which is said to be a non-factor to Manning, the Niners hold every advantage over the other two contenders for his services — Denver and Tennessee — and are definitely closer to a championship.
Manning is reportedly set to work out for the Titans on Saturday, with a decision on his future possibly coming by Tuesday.
(Story and quotes via ProFootballTalk.com)