It’s official, the Detroit Lions will avoid Peyton Manning in 2012.
Peyton Manning called John Elway this morning to tell him he’s looking forward to coming to play for him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2012
Of the final three teams to appear on Manning’s list of suitors, the Titans, 49ers and Broncos, only the Denver Broncos will not face the Detroit Lions in 2012. The Lions will face the Titans and 49ers as a result of the NFL’s rotating scheduling between divisions. Because the Lions (and the rest of the NFC North) were matched up with the AFC West in 2011, the Broncos won’t appear on their schedule again until 2015. Manning and John Elway reportedly discussed a five-year deal earlier in the process but the exact details of a contract are not yet set.
It’s all good news for the Lions assuming Peyton Manning is able to return to the form that earned him the label as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Of course, it would be even better news if the Lions do end up facing a Manning-led Broncos team sooner than 2015; it would be in the Super Bowl.