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Big Apple big enough for both Mannings? Eli would make room

  • By Marc Sessler NFL.com
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It remains pure speculation, but Giants quarterback Eli Manning sees solid upside to the distant prospect of his older brother, Peyton, winding up with the Jets next season.

"It would be fun," Eli told WEPN-AM on Monday. "We could probably commute to work maybe, and, you know, come home, eat dinner together and have the kids be playing."

He continued to dream: "Twin beds ... we could share notes on opponents and watch some film together."

Eli's musings sound like a lost chapter from "The Royal Tenenbaums," touching on the rich harmony that a Manning & Manning era in the Big Apple would usher in.

Two country boys at heart, riding the subway together and crushing huge meals in Chinatown before long wintertime strolls along the boardwalk at Coney Island. Besides, it would serve as a Rex Ryan coup d'état for the ages, allowing the Jets coach to unfurl his manic bluster unhindered for another 1,000 days if everything went as planned.

Lost in all of this are the Colts, who hold the cards and could keep Peyton and Eli a redeye flight away for as long as they'd like.

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"I don't know what's going to happen in that situation," Eli said, one day after wiping the Packers off the playoff map. "So, would it be fun? Yeah, I think it would be interesting to have your brother in the same city playing football together. I don't think we would see each other that often, just 'cause I don't think our schedules would be a whole lot different, probably just talk on the phone more than see each other during the season, but, you know, it would be interesting.

"I'm not saying it's gonna happen or I want it to happen, but to have your brother that close to you and playing in New York would be very unique."

Archie, the Manning patriarch, doesn't really see Peyton leaving Indy, but it's intriguing grist for the mill until the Colts make up their minds on how to progress with the franchise's pole star.

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