Let's assume that Manning is healthy (enough). And because half the fun of football is debating the off-field decisions of your team, I figured we should offer the Chiefs a blueprint for signing Manning.
Treat this like Entourage. You already brought in Jim Bob Cooter. Go ahead and sign former Colts offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen. While you're at it, why not make wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne your top two free-agent targets. Get a list from Manning and then figure out what they'll do once they get here.
Explain that this is a fanbase that respects (and is hungry for) a talented quarterback. The media have done the work for you on this one again, comparing Joe Montana's decision to play for the Chiefs following his time with the San Francisco 49ers with the current situation. Kansas City is an easy sell. The public is relatively respectful, the local media is not looking to embarrass the biggest star on the team, and anybody who cheers on the guys at the deli counter is OK in our book.
Make it clear that Matt Cassel won't be a problem. Cassel won't complain to the press. It's just not in his DNA. And then explain to Manning that he can watch when Cassel receives the clipboard that will be his best friend for the next two years.
Sell out. Hard. Do everything that's allowed short of tampering. Get billboards up and start talking candidly about how good Manning could be, or how some unnamed quarterback with his skill set could really flourish in Kansas City.
Spend an ungodly sum of money. Peter King reported that the Kansas City Chiefs had $63 million of cap space. They signed Stanford Routt to a three-year, $19 million deal, which still leaves more than $50 million on the table. Take the game-show approach and combine it with the classic police bribe. Bring him in a room with a table full of cash and some duffel bags. Explain that you're going to get a sandwich, Pioli, and that if he's not there when you come back, that's fine. Close the door and watch what happens on the closed-circuit cameras you installed in the room sometime in the past few years.