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Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 5:29 pm
Are the Cards a sleeper to make Peyton the next Warner? (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The status of Peyton Manning with the Colts is absolutely up in the air, and a lot depends on the March 8 deadline for Indy to pick up his $28 million option.

While there's been some chatter that the Colts and Manning's camp discussed an extension of that deadline recently, CBS Sports Charley Casserly reported on Sunday's The NFL Today that it's not the case. He also reported that the decision on Manning's option will be made by owner Jim Irsay (not the new general manager) and that there's a darkhorse possibility to land Manning if he doesn't end up back with the Colts: the Arizona Cardinals.

"Jim Irsay in interviewing general manager candidates has told them he will make the decision whether Peyton Manning is back," Casserly reported Sunday. "He will not put that on the new general manager. Right now there have been absolutely no discussions according to the Manning camp between Manning and Irsay about extending that deadline. In fact, it would make no sense to me for Manning to agree to that. Why give up the opportunity to talk to other teams?

"One team to watch? The Arizona Cardinals. They can get out of the Kevin Kolb contract and also Ken Whisenhunt's been down this road before. A veteran quarterback coming in at the end of his career? Kurt Warner."

The Cardinals would be a shock to land Manning, if only because they haven't been discussed as a landing spot. But a healthy Manning would be an instant upgrade for Arizona and probably let them leapfrog the 49ers as NFC West favorites in 2012.

As for the extension talks, there's some thought that language in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement wouldn't even allow an extension of the option deadline.

Beside that point, Casserly's spot on: there's really no benefit for Manning to give the Colts a deadline, especially if they're set on selecting Andrew Luck in April's draft anyway.

The long and short of it is this: Manning's situation isn't going to simply go away between now and the deadline for the Colts to make a decision on his future in Indianapolis and even with the playoffs going on, it's going to remain a dominant NFL storyline.

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Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Forget Cards, see JETS

First, the Jets dump ANOTHER USC BUST on the Cards, then they sign Peyton (with incentive clauses up the Wha-Zoo) for the instant trip to the Super Bowl. Cards not enough run game, small market, and fading fast. Jets - Right run game, right D, and right coach for the short term signing. NOBODY ELSE EVEN CONTENDS (maybe Miami).

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:51 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

There is no reason for manning to comeback to indy. That team is being gutted from the inside out. He'll come back to what, a weaker offense, a weaker defense and andrew luck. All signs point to Peyton leaving town. I hate the guy but why toil the last 3 maybe 4 years of your nfl life. Go to a team who needs him and is a QB away from making a serious run for a few years. AZ might just workout although I don't see how they manage it with having just paid Kolb a bunch of cash. Peyton doesn't seem to like the spotlight so count any big market team out. He has nothing left to prove other than getting back to the bowl. If it ends now, many ( not me I lik brady slightly better) will say he was the best QB to ever play, and it is really hard to argue that.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:41 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

I dont quite understand why everyone thinks that with a healthy Manning the Colts dont have the pieces to contend?  Yes the defense was atrocious this year but not having Peyton instantly affected the D in a big way...if you offense cant manage to hold onto the ball more than 3 minutes per possession, your defense gets worn down quickly.  Manning effects everything on this team, thats how good he is...remember austin collie and garcon 2 years ago...absolutely....did you even know if they played last year, probably not.  This team has talent when a healthy 18 is out there, with the offense scoring and keeping the ball eating clock, it changes the way the D plays too....a healthy manning and this team is right back in the playoffs.  If they decide to part ways I understand...Luck should be pretty good right away but I guarantee if Peyton ends up on a Arizona, or perhaps Jets type team, Indy will regret least in the short term.

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:39 pm

Casserly: An unreliable journalist

Same Casserly that said there was strong sentiment to keep Caldwell and his job was safe? Some of these guys need to lose there jobs and stop name anonomous sources for every baseless story they put out.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:00 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

this story was written and posted well over a week ago...what's up?  nothing else going on in the NFL?  OH, there's only 3 (real) games left...guess also find it entertaining that the writter thinks that if Manning were in AZ he'd "probably let them leapfrog the 49ers as NFC West favorites in 2012"...REALLY?  so the NFC West will have at least 2 12-13 (or even 10 for that matter) game winners?...hmmmm...

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:57 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

sddhvksdv:  You can turn your argument around and get a different result...what did Elway and Davis ever win without Shanahan as the coach?  If Elway = championship, why didn't he do it years and years earlier.  BTW, what did Belichick ever win without Brady?  What did the Colts win w/o Manning, what did the Saints win w/o Brees, what did the Packers win w/o Favre and then Rodgers...and on, and on, and on!  NO ONE wins without great talent, particularly a greq QB, and Shanahan has only had that when he was at Denver.  Wise up.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:33 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Because of Shanahans track record? Meaning what? That you will under achieve? Elway and Davis are the only reason Mike has ever won a thing. Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler and countless others know that Mike is overrated and hasnt done a thing since 1998.

Since: Jun 3, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:12 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

I cant figure out how this is even a issue?  If the colts were legitimate super bowl contenders I would think otherwise, but their not even close.  Trade Manning, draft Luck and start over.  Dont give me this loyalty crap, Manning is set for life, that is loyalty enough.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:07 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

As far as why they would need to trade or release Manning if they pick Luck is the cost of having two quarterbacks that will be getting starter money (Manning as much as two starters on his own). Indianpolis, like Arizona, Minnesota, Green Bay, and the other smaller markets can't afford that sort of cash on the books. From a salary cap point of view, when you need to rebuild your defensive backfield and replace some aging skill players, it doesn't make financial sense or make alot of sense for the next decade of the franchise. I would say the main reason Washington doesn't win is all the bad contracts Snyder signs players to without developing players at positions. The Skins have no depth at any position. This is the road that Indy would be traveling down if they kept Manning and drafted Luck. To much tied up in QBs and not enough cash for other areas of need.

I think Peyton should be traded though I would prefer to see him get released. That way he could choose his team and go to one that has a decent defense and is maybe a QB from making playoff noise like the Cards in the article. He deserves that opportunity and has definetly earned it. The other possibility that hasn't been discussed is that the Colts are playing possum with Luck and are looking to get a couple high draft picks and starter or two for the first overall pick. If everyone thinks he going to the Colts and a team is desparate to get a big-time, close as you can get to surefire star, the price just goes up.

There are a number of good QBs that aren't going to be in this years draft. If Manning can play 3 more years (whick is what I suspect the Colts are trying to figure out), they might want to roll the dice, upgrade the defense and o-line and shoot for another run over the next couple of years. It doesn't take years to turn around franchises anymore.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:40 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

the Packers don't have a Owner....the GM  made the decision not to let him go to Minnesota,the Packers TRADED Favre to the Jets....just sayin

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