After reports came out Tuesday that the Colts will release quarterback Peyton Manning, the rumors on his possible destinations started swirling. There are a handful of teams that could be a good fit to land Manning, such as the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and the Jaguars? Jaguars defensive tackle, Terrance Knighton, took to Twitter on Tuesday and expressed his feelings on Manning to Jacksonville. More on what he had to say after the jump.
Knighton would continue on his account on why it's a good idea to bring in Manning, while assuring fans that Gabbert is "his guy." While I'm not too familiar on the relationship between Knighton and Gabbert, how great can it be if Knighton is tweeting that the team should bring in Manning?
I wrote on Black and Teal that I don't think bringing in Manning is a good idea, here's why:
The first reason is a no brainer, the NFL lockout. The lockout shortened the off-season, which in turn affected everyone from top to bottom. Not only did players have to fit months of conditioning into just a couple of weeks, but the team's training facilities could not be utilized. More than that, Blaine Gabbert did not go into the season on top of the depth chart, David Garrard did. Gabbert was the Jags long-term fix, not short-term.
What kind of message would that send to Gabbert if the Jaguars sign Manning? I get the reasoning behind adding him: "We would be instant playoff contenders." This move would be great for the Jaguars short-term, horrible long-term. The fact of the matter is you have to give the kid sometime to play, to learn the game on his own.
If the Jaguars bring in Manning that would destroy any confidence Gabbert had. The message that would be sent to Gabbert would be something like: "We like you and all man, but not right now. We found someone better, but once he's done, you're totally our guy!"
My suggestion for Knighton and the rest of the fan base that wants Manning, let's just continue on as we were and further develop the areas in greatest need.