Steve DiMatteo of DawgPoundDaily argues that Peyton Manning would be bad for the Browns. Also, water is bad for thirsty drinkers:
It’s an intriguing notion, but not one that Browns fans should get excited about. You could look at the fact that he is 35 years old and missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing two neck surgeries. You should also consider that obtaining him won’t come cheap. To put it in perspective, he is currently owed a $28 million roster bonus in March. While that would change if he was released, he would still command a hefty price in the free agency market.
It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Browns to look for other options at quarterback, but Manning isn’t the answer. Sure, they have plenty of money to spend this offseason, but it could be put to considerably better use than signing an aging quarterback to a team that isn’t ready to make a playoff run.
It would also be bad on an astronomical level for the Browns to make a trade for Manning. Considering what he’s worth, the Browns would be looking at giving up some high-quality draft picks when they aren’t really in a position to part with any in the first place.
First, let me say that Steve's got a cool site and does good work so I write at least partially in jest. Imagine being the guy that said, "No thanks. I'll stick with Colt McCoy" or "Peyton Manning? I've already got Mark Sanchez!"
DogPoundDaily is right. The Browns have done such a good job drafting/free-agenting out of last place in the AFC North, why would they want a proven winner like Manning? Honestly though, this is just a pre-emptive strike since Manning would never want to land in Cleveland. "We don't want him, so who cares if he'd never want us."
Well, they'd have to redo their offense again, which Holmgren is too stubborn to do... so it's a bad fit in those terms. But if you can get Peyton Manning as a free agent, you do whatever he wants to your offense.
@WillyDuer You don't throw a pretty girl out of bed for eating crackers as they say. If Manning ever hit the open market it would look like the after-Thanksgiving sale at Wal-Mart. Tom Condon's cell phone bill might dwarf my annual salary. Manning's lawn would be littered with nearly every owner in the league waiting for a shot to pitch his case. And Holmgren would be crazy to skip that chance.