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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 26, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:30 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

You say it makes no sense and then you say if they get Payton they would be the favorite?????  The NFL is all about winning and cutting your losses.  Cut Kolb, sign Peyton makes very good business sense.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:22 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

oldstyl66 says that Peyton Manning's the MVP of the league.
buckeyezane says that he knows nothing at all about the game

What say you? Is Peyton Manning MVP?

I vote yes. (I've already posted this opinion elsewhere.) 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:19 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

At this point I wouldn't be suprised if any team really needing a QB were to go after peyton.  that include Washington (most likely honestly with Shanahan's track record), Ari makes sense with Wisenhunt, Cleveland, KC, Jax, any any team in the top 15 picks not in Indy, StL or Minn wouldn't shock me its just what's going to be given up for a right now broken and expensive QB. 

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:13 pm
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:12 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

"It is always amusing to read the posts from the loudmouths who show up to tell us what a horrible reporter Charlie Casserly, or any of the other writers, is.  Do you geniuses know that writers are hired based on their potential and/or ability to draw readers, and that every time you click on a column to tell the world how bad it or the writer is that you are also showing your support?  So keep on reading Charlie.  That'll show him."  

It's win-win, then. Fred Flintstone is only embarrassed about being a loudmouth when he gets caught out saying something stupid in front of the wife. Nowadays, Wilma's probably on the internet herself, arranging a little afternoon delight.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:11 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

I think the 49ers would be a great choice for Peyton!! Outstanding defense and numerous weapons in Gore, Davis, Crabtree! Plus a pretty darn good young offensive line!? Out of respect for Peyton he will have a say so on where he ends up in the end!! He's not gonna end up on a non contender!! He would retire before doin that!? Imo

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:09 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

to be honest, this makes NO sense for Arizona because they paid a ton to get Kolb and then trade for Peyton??? that would be a BAD investment there, but if he does go there, then Arizona is a favorite in the NFC West, but i dont see that happening, i say Miami is where he goes IF he leaves.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:09 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

I believe your comment about Manning being the MVP is wrong and show you know little and have played no football in your lifetime.Just so you know football is a team sport and what you are saying is nonsense.There is no doubt the Colts were much better with Manning....that is a given,but that team is lacking in many areas and have won lots of games in the weakest division in the AFC, for years they have bowed out in the playoffs and made only two Super Bowls in the last decade despite winning the most games and having the best record in the NFL and home field advantage numerous times.WinkTo say Manning is the MVP without comment need there.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:54 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Phins sens Jays

 I doubt The Patriots or Packers and even the Saints would want Manning so your'e every team would want Manning  agruement falls short   hahaha

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:39 pm

Don't get too excited...

Don't get too excited.  The "source" (and I use that term very loosely) for this story is Charlie "Bill O'Brien will definitely not be Penn State's coach" Casserly.

Casserly's average on stories is lower than Bob Uecker's lifetime batting average.

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