Peyton Manning and Tom Brady working together? Just the idea of it is enough to make supporters of either of the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks shudder.
But that’s exactly what former NFL QB Boomer Esiason proposed on Sunday afternoon following an injury to Patriots QB Jimmy Garappolo during New England’s win over the Miami Dolphins.
With Brady in the midst of a four-game NFL suspension, the Patriots are likely to be looking for help at the quarterback position for the next two games, and theoretically will also be in the market for a strong backup quarterback for the remainder of the season if Garappolo is unable to return to the team.
As CBS’s expert panel discussed the options, Esiason did the unthinkable in bringing up the possibility of bringing the Vols legend to New England to join the Patriots:
Manning is very much retired, and the thought of him playing for the Patriots after years of battling Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for AFC superiority just doesn’t sit right on the stomach.
Is this likely to happen? No. It’s actually pretty far-fetched.
Manning is very much retired after going out on top with a Super Bowl 50 victory with the Denver Broncos in February, and the thought of him playing for the Patriots after years of battling Tom Brady and Bill Belichick for AFC superiority just doesn’t sit right on the stomach.
On the other hand, maybe Manning has been considering the advice from the old man on the bench in his latest series of DirecTV commercials: “Work as long as you can.”