Jerry Rice thinks the 49ers should go after Peyton Manning. Tony Dungy does, too. So does your barber, the cabbie, the waitress who pours your coffee and the guy who works in the adjacent cubicle.
It's a no-brainer to them. Take a team that was on the cusp of going to the Super Bowl, add an 11-time Pro Bowl quarterback like Manning and voila! you have an instant champion.
It's not going to happen. The 49ers barely will entertain the notion, in fact.
And it's not because of Manning's four neck surgeries. And it's not because of the expected bidding war after the Indianapolis Colts released him Wednesday.
It's because 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke have said over and over that their No. 1 priority this offseason is keeping the gang together.
Both realize their 2011 squad not only had talent, it had a special bond, a unique togetherness, a perfect chemistry that made the season a success.
Bringing in a big-name outsider indeed the ultimate big-name outsider not only would be a betrayal to Alex Smith, the team's 2011 quarterback, it would dilute the band-of-brothers message Harbaugh and Baalke have been delivering since the season ended.
So, 49ers fans, it's probably best to let your dreams of Manning in red and gold fade away
and hope he doesn't end up with the Arizona Cardinals or Seattle Seahawks.
What to watch
College basketball, Cal vs. Stanford, 6:10 p.m., CSNBA: It's the third of four Pacific-12 Conference tournament games on TV today.
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