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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: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:30 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:30 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

the biggest consideration here in where Manning goes (if anywhere) is the status of the prospective teams' O-line.  Manning will not go to a team that cannot pass block.  He's coming off injury.  He doesn't need the money.  He has a ring. If Irsay wants to ship him, he'll likely be willing to play for a team with a solid blocking corp and a shot at the playoffs.  Not sure Arizona fits that, and positive the Redskins don't.  I think the best fits would be Houston (playoff team with solid line, good RBs and ANDRE JOHNSON! plus he's familiar with the division - which is why that won't happen), Tennessee (very few sacks given up in 2011, Johnson still a legit threat and they can draft a top WR - but same problem as HOU - in same division), and KC (bigger reach for Peyton, but if he has 3 more years he could give them a real jump start, especially if he can bring in a better management team).
Just some thoughts...

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:21 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

and let's be realistic, Peyton or no Peyton, the Colts are not gonna have enough Defense AND their offensive players are aging...  Peyton's not gonna win with this team anyway so a Colts fan that TRULY GRATEFUL to Peyton should be okay with Peyton wanting to get another title shot, even if it's for another team.  i just hope Peyton takes the smart road and points all of this out, 'as is' and trust that intelligent people will understand, instead of doing that Dwigh Howard 'I'll never admit wanting to leave the city' thing...   most people are rational and they will surely understand.  i'm not even a Colts fan even I AM grateful to Peyton for all he's done for NFL

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:17 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

if i'm a Colts fan, i think i would prefer to long term success and choose Luck.  and i wouldn't even THINK of trading him.  after all that Peyton has done for Colts (he MADE the Colts what it is for last decade) he deserves to choose his team.  granted, they probably won't get much back for Peyton in trade anyway, but even IF that was the case, you RELEASE him to say 'Thanks for all you've done, now go find a team to make you happy like you did for all the Colts fans'...   and this will show the rest of wonder how a CLASSY owner should handle changing the face of the franchise, not the Dou$he-bag move that the Packers owner pulled where they 'kept Favre from going to team of his choice'...   is that how you say thanks to the guy that MADE YOUR TEAM?!?!?!

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:09 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Hope so and it will return theCardinals to the superbowl like warner did, but their is something to say about being drafted by a team and playing for that team your enire career

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:57 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

"If the Colts cut Manning I hope Luck becames Heath Schler in the NFL, Manning has made the Colts and is probaly the reason they have that nice stadium. The way the Colts fan are turning their back on him is a shame. If Manning plays it should be for the Colts not Miami, Arizona, Washington or Cleveland. I hope the Colts suck on a Matt Millen level should they cut him."

UglyLuggage, I'm one of many Colt fans who wholeheartly agree with you. Manning has been the face of this franchise and deserves the respect that he's EARNED over these many years. If he's released or traded before this upcoming season it's not going to sit well with a number of us; Luck or no Luck.

Regarding "sucking on a Matt Millen level"? Isn't that what happened this season? Didn't you witness the "play" of incompetent QB Curtis Painter (virtually handed the position by the Polians - btw), especially against the Saints, in which we lost 62 -7?

As far as "sucking" in a major way.......Been there, definitely done that!

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:45 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Sounds like a scared Colts fan

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:24 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

if i was a team out there and did not have a good quarterback. it makes sense to to try sign manning. give him a short tern contract. i suspect he wants to play football again, so dont give himthe farm. i,would think that any quarterback would want to throw to fitzgerald. there are always a bunch of good runing back outthere, hungry. get a couple ofthe good ones (they always gethurt). that really sounds like a recipe for the playoffs. the sky is the limit. get hot at the right time, the trophy could be yours.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:45 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Irsay has said a healthy, able-to-play Manning would stay in Indy . . so, why are we talking about a trade or release? Granted, maybe Irsay's comments should be taken with a grain of salt, but this seems to be just another attempt by the media to stir up controversy.

Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:10 am

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Redskins?? Hello??? It's where once great NFL players (and Rex Grossman) go to retire.

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