8. QB Peyton Manning, DEN
Coming off of a Week 17 win that he orchestrated and with a first round bye in the playoffs, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Denver doesn’t go with Peyton Manning. Brock Osweiler played well, and he probably has a future in Denver, which has been made clear these last few weeks.
But as a coach, when you have a fairly rested Peyton Manning with an extra week of rest ahead of him and an HGH accusation fueling his fire, you go with the future hall of fame quarterback. However, that doesn’t mean Manning deserves the elite tag that he dawned for so many years.
No, Manning belongs in tier two because at the end of the day he’s 39-years-old with a bad bone or muscle on just about every inch of his body. He may be healthy-ish right now, but his arm strength has weakened and so has his mobility, not that he ever had any.
But realistically it won’t really matter who Denver decides to go with at quarterback because it’s their defense that’s going to win them games and it’s the defense that’s going to win them a Super Bowl, if they make it that far. The next QB on this list is a familiar foe who also boasts one of the AFC’s top defenses.