Most of us are now aware that Peyton Manning has been released by the Indianapolis Colts and has hit the free agent market.
Peyton visited with John Elway and the Denver Broncos on Friday, the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday and is finishing off in Miami on Sunday.
He has narrowed his decision down to three teams and is expected to choose where he will play in 2012 by Tuesday.
We have all probably read a fair share of articles about where Manning should go next year and why, so instead of repeating what millions are saying, this article will assume that Peyton Manning is 100 percent healthy and a member of Arizona Cardinals.
Here are the projected individual statistics for Peyton Manning and some of the other key players on Arizona’s offense in 2012.
Healthy or not, Peyton Manning probably will not be throwing close to 700 passes like he did in 2010 with the Indianapolis Colts, but more in the range of 500-600 passes.
I do not expect Manning to throw for over 5,000 yards like Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford did this past year, however I can still see him reaching the 4,000 yard plateau for the sixth consecutive season.
15 games played; 4,400 yards; 69 percent completion; 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
In his third professional season, running back Beanie Wells was a beast for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 as he passed the 1,000 yard mark and had 10 touchdowns in just 14 games while playing on a bummed knee.
With a full offseason to work with strength and conditioning coach John Lott, fellow running back Ryan Williams returning from injury, an improved offensive line and a threat in the passing game, expect Beanie Wells to have an even better year than he had in 2011.
225 carries for 1,125 yards with 12 touchdowns in 15 games.
In Kurt Warner’s final three years as a quarterback in Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald had 293 receptions for just fewer than 4,000 yards and 35 touchdowns.
The best receiver in the game and one of the best quarterbacks of all-time is a combination that will be feared around the league and I expect Fitz to put up monster numbers over the next few years while Manning is under center.
95 receptions for 1,520 yards with 14 touchdowns in 16 games.
I will spare you guys a bit of time here for when you head over to the comments box. If your comment was going to read “WHO IS ROB HOUSLER?!” then you can now copy and paste it.
There a very few people outside of Arizona that know who Rob Housler is. Well, he is the Cardinals third-round draft pick from 2011 that is 6’5 250lbs, runs a 4.5 40 yard dash and plays tight end.
His numbers were not the greatest this past season due to the lack of chemistry between him and Kevin Kolb, however if he can get open like he did last year, then Peyton Manning will give him the ball and he could develop into one of the better tight ends in the game.
55 receptions for 605 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games.