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Redskins fans contemplate Peyton Manning as QB

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As future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning hits the free agent market for the first time in his career, the idea of Manning coming to D.C. and filling the void as quarterback is a thought that has fans split.

Manning leaves the Colts as the franchise's all-time leading passer. (Photo: Associated Press)

Believe it or not, plenty of Redskins fans don't want Manning.

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"I don't know if Peyton Manning's still got it in him or not," said a fan.

At a press conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon, a visibly emotional Manning thanked the Colts organization and its fans for the support over his 13 seasons with the franchise.

"In sports, nothing lasts forever,"  Manning said, choking back tears. "I have been a Colt all my life.

"I have truly enjoyed being your quarterback."

Even though he appeared to look good in a cell phone video of him practicing at Duke University last week, Manning has had three neck surgeries, didn't play at all last year and will soon turn 36. He's a risk and some say even if he played well he may not be worth it.

"Peyton Manning has got a small window, and we can't afford to try to climb through that window with the team we have now, Redskins fan Andrew Davis said. "Our team's about two to three years away from being a contender."

Some fans would prefer the Redskins do whatever it takes to draft Robert Griffin III, the dynamic Baylor quarterback who won the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

"I would prefer us to go for Griffin," one fan said.

Others say you can't pass up the chance to go for one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, especially when you're a team whose quarterbacks haven't exactly been setting the world on fire.

"(He has) certainly been a top player," Arlington resident and Redskins fan Russell Bender said. "Hopefully that could continue."

The Balucho brothers of Alexandria say the Redskins should go for Manning and Griffin.

"I think it would be good if we get Peyton Manning and he has him under his tutelage, shows him the ropes."

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