Why did it have to be snakes?
Peyton signed with the highest bidder, don't delude yourself. Denver was the only team in realistic position to offer him 100 million dollars over 4 years. It helped that Denver had a defense built to play with a lead (like the one he had in Indy), a solid offensive line, and two outstanding wide receivers who flew under the radar because Tim Tebow can't throw a football worth a damn. Denver is also in a total chicken**** division that means he would have a great chance at a bye or home field advantage in the 1-3 years he figured to have left in the tank. It was a no brainer.
You're nuts if you think the city of Miami, Steve Ross, John Elway, Pat Bowlen, or Jeff Ireland had anything to do with that. The team that offered him the most money also had the most attractive situation. Don't assume that because Miami wasn't the best spot for Peyton Manning that Miami won't be the best spot for a Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings, etc.