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Updated Mar 7, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Arizona Cardinals should look at more than Peyton Manning

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be released by the Indianapolis Colts, speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

If the Arizona Cardinals are truly interested in Peyton Manning, aren't they admitting that they are not settled at the quarterback spot?

And if they aren't, why stop at Manning? Look, I understand fully the attraction to sign a quarterback who won a Super Bowl, won four MVP awards, has thrown for 399 touchdowns and 54,828 yards and has 141 wins.

I get it.

Nothing not to like about trying to lure Manning here to the desert.

But if not Manning, why settle for what you already have?

Clearly, more than half the teams in the league have no interest in Manning and that's because they believe in the signal caller they have.

Arizona is not in that boat.

They have major questions at the position. Kevin Kolb missed seven games due to a concussion and turf toe in his first year with the Redbirds and, when he did play, he wasn't very good, throwing eight interceptions and being sacked 30 times.

Second-year quarterback John Skelton won games, going 6-2 as a starter, but he did throw 14 interceptions to just 11 touchdowns and was sacked 23 times.

Clearly the organization isn't sold on either one of these players.

So I ask again, why just stop at Manning? Why not consider trading up for Robert Griffin, signing free agent Matt Flynn or even considering another quarterback later in the draft?

Look I know the Cardinals have needs, especially on the offensive line and they don't have a second round pick thanks to the Kolb trade. But make no mistake about it -- you don't win in this league without an elite quarterback and, right now, you have to question whether Arizona has one.

Most experts will say no.

So if Arizona makes a pitch for Manning and it fails, why not kick the tires on Flynn, who started the final regular season game of the season against Detroit and set a Green Bay franchise record for yards passing (480) and touchdowns (6)?

Or why not give up your first round pick this year and next plus an extra pick or two to get what many consider to be a franchise quarterback in Griffin?

Look, Arizona could keep their picks, draft an offensive lineman and keep Kolb and Skelton.

Will that create any buzz? Will they be a serious contender? Probably not.

Get a franchise quarterback and everything changes -- just look at Kurt Warner to see what having a great quarterback means.

I am all in on going after Manning. Roll the dice, why not? What do you have to lose?

Nothing but money.

If it works it could be magic, if it doesn't you can always say you tried and were committed to winning.

Definitely worth a chance.

But if Arizona fails on delivering Manning, they shouldn't give up on looking for that franchise quarterback. Because in this league, you don't go anywhere without one.


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