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Norv Turner would rather have seen Peyton Manning sign with the 49ers

When reports first indicated Peyton Manning was considering the Broncos in free agency, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers brashly stated he hoped Peyton would choose his division rival. It’s safe to say Norv Turner doesn’t share his enthusiasm.

“You know, I thought he would have looked great in a 49er uniform,” Turner told Darren Smith on XX1090 in San Diego. “It would have been fun to watch him in the NFC.”

Turner recognizes that Manning’s comeback will be intriguing.

“He went through a tough year this year,” Turner said. “It was very difficult on him not to play, and it will be interesting to see how he can progress and come back.”

When asked if he thought Peyton Manning could return to the form he displayed five years ago, Turner compared the situation to when the Chiefs got Joe Montana, saying it was a great addition for the team.

“I would expect that he’ll be physically alright and ready to play. He’s going to be a good player. I don’t know if you can project if he’s going to be as good as he was in Indianapolis. We’re going to see.”

Turner thinks the Broncos’ addition of Peyton Manning will mean the Chargers fly under the radar, which he considers a good thing. But make no mistake: unlike Philip Rivers, you can tell Norv was nervous about the Broncos getting Peyton Manning.


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