NEW YORK Rex Ryans Jets need leadership in a lost locker room.
The Dolphins are looking for stability at a position that has been a revolving door since Dan Marino retired.
The Cardinals want to get back to the Super Bowl and could be one elite quarterback away.
Peyton Manning, anyone?
The four-time NFL MVP was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, but he made it clear he still wants to play.
I dont want to retire, Manning said. Nobody loves playing quarterback more than I do.
The question is where.
Maybe its Miami. The Arizona desert. Two Mannings in Manhattan?
Washington, Seattle, Kansas City, Denver and Tennessee also are possible suitors.
But for now, its anybodys guess, including Mannings.
I havent thought yet about where Ill play, but I have thought a lot about where Ive been, Manning said.
Plenty of teams will be interested in the 35-year-old free agent quarterback as long as he proves hes healthy after missing last season while coming off a series of neck operations. If everything checks out, the laundry list of teams will be lengthy a Peyton-palooza of sorts.
And why not? Manning has been one of the greatest to play his position, rewriting record books while throwing for nearly 55,000 yards and 399 touchdowns and winning a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP and four league MVPs along the way.
Manning was reliable, too. He never missed a game until this year either.
There will be no other Peyton Manning, Colts owner Jim Irsay said.
Which is exactly why the quarterback will be one of the most sought-after free agents in NFL history.
Heres a look at some of his options:
Certainly having Larry Fitzgerald there would give Manning a game-changing receiver. Arizona also would offer Manning a warm-weather climate.
The Cardinals also have been known to go after the big-named signalcaller, as they did with Kurt Warner a few years ago.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt gave Warner lots of freedom at the line of scrimmage and would have no problem doing that with Manning.
The problem? Arizona made a big splash last offseason when it signed Kevin Kolb to a huge contract and would owe him a $7-million roster bonus March 17 if he remains on the team.
What about Tebow Time?
Well, despite going 8-5 and guiding the Broncos back to the playoffs for the first time in six years, Tim Tebow lost four of his last five starts and completed fewer than half his passes.
Team vice president John Elway said Tebow will be the starter when training camp rolls around, but he stopped short of naming him the QB for the season.
Thats because there still are plenty of questions about Tebow. The Broncos havent had a franchise quarterback since Elway retired after his second consecutive championship more than a decade ago. But theyre eager to see what Tebow can do with a regular offseason and dedication to becoming a pocket passer. Sure, he could learn a few things from Manning being around, but his growth also could be stunted.
Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Cassel was a Pro Bowl quarterback just two years ago, but a healthy Manning would be a step up. A big one.
The Chiefs also have a terrific trio of young playmakers in running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Moeaki. Manning would have people around him to make plays.
And coach Romeo Crennel put the Chiefs in the conversation when he welcomed the idea of having Manning on his team at the NFL combine a few weeks ago.
Still, Kansas City owes Cassel $5.25 million this year, $7.5 million next year and $9 million in 2014 a hefty bill for a backup.
They also have a new offensive coordinator in Brian Daboll, and general manager Scott Pioli is often pretty hands-on when it comes to that side of the ball. Would there be a clash?
When the Dolphins hired the offensive-minded Joe Philbin as coach in January, team officials privately said they would go after Manning if he became available.
Miami has money, terrific talent and warm weather three big selling points for the Dolphins. Manning also has a home there.
The team has started 16 quarterbacks since Marino retired, but Matt Moore played well last year after Chad Henne was sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury. There are doubts, though, that Moore is a franchise quarterback, and if the Dolphins dont sign Manning, they may pursue Green Bays Matt Flynn or try to trade up and draft a quarterback in the first round.
New York Jets
Ryan repeatedly has expressed his admiration and respect for Manning, and the Jets arent far removed from winning. They went to consecutive AFC championship games before in-fighting contributed to the team finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.
Mark Sanchez has been the face of the franchise since they traded up to draft him fifth overall in 2009, but the Jets have said they will look at every position if they can improve. They also had Tom Moore, Mannings former offensive coordinator, as a consultant last season although its unclear if hell be back.
Despite the Jets recent success under Ryan, the locker-room discord might be a deterrent for Manning. He also might be unwilling to play in the circus atmosphere of New York, a town in which Eli has become a huge star.
Think the citys media would play up the sibling rivalry?
Salary cap issues also might prevent the Jets from being a true contender.
Seattle has its franchise running back in Marshawn Lynch and seems to be solid on the outside with receivers Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Doug Baldwin and tight end Zach Miller. The offensive line is young and improved, but the remaining question for Seattles offense is at quarterback.
Tarvaris Jackson toughed his way through a painful pectoral injury for more than half of last season but never was overly impressive. Manning could be the answer.
Still, Jackson never has been given much of a chance as a starter and played fairly well while battling his injury and was respected in the locker room.
Fans already have started a Come Back, Peyton campaign, with billboards and radio ads pushing for Manning to return to Tennessee, where he starred in college for the Vols.
The Titans drafted Jake Locker with the No. 8 pick last April and signed Matt Hasselbeck to a three-year deal last July, but they went 9-7. They have around $30 million in cap space they need to use on finding a pass rush.
While a happy homecoming would make for a nice story, general manager Ruston Webster has said twice in the last month to season-ticket holders and at the NFL combine that the team is happy with its quarterbacks.
Owner Dan Snyder always seems to be in play when it comes to signing big-name free agents, and the Redskins are in major need of a quarterback.
Mike Shanahan has whiffed on three (Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman and John Beck) in his two years in Washington, and the Redskins are expected to pursue Manning if they can determine hes healthy. They have plenty of cap space, and the Redskins can lobby Manning by saying theyll use that room to be aggressive in free agency.
But that also could make them less appealing to Manning since theyre lacking at so many positions.
AP Sports Writers Bob Baum, Tim Booth, Mike Marot, Dave Skretta, Arnie Stapleton, Teresa M. Walker, Joseph White and Steven Wine contributed to this story.