Foxboro, MA ― A reliable source within the Patriots organization has confirmed that negotiations are currently underway to sign 2 Time Super Bowl Champion, and longtime New England nemesis, Peyton Manning to a 4 game contract.
The revelation comes just a week after the US Second Court of Appeals reinstated Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension which is expected to start at the beginning of the 2016 NFL Season.
“I cannot confirm or deny this report,” said Tom Conlon, Manning’s longtime agent and confidant when asked by freelance sports writer Roger Pennell. “Mr. Manning has not counted out any options at this point.”
NFL analyst are excited about the prospect of a Manning/Belichick pairing heading in to the Patriot’s first 4 games.
“This is a win-win for everyone,” said Bryson Pawlenty with Sports Nation Press, Inc. “It’s unlikely that Manning has the endurance to last a full season as we saw in 2015, but he can surely come out strong for 4 weeks behind the Patriots effective offensive line and keep the ship afloat until Brady can come back. Who knows, maybe he’ll even get a third Super Bowl ring.”
But not everyone is excited with the idea that one of the most hated figures in New England history may actually be playing for the home team come this September.
“Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think,” says Alan M. Isette with Regency Sports. “A little too ironic, and I really do think this is a bad play for the Patriots.”
Sources have given no indication when a contract may be in place but analysts note that Peyton manning has until the end of the month to file his retirement papers under provisions of the most recent collective bargaining agreement.
This story will be updated.