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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:46 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

Casserely is an idiot.  It was simply a stupid comment by someone who is no longer "in the know" and just talking to listen to himself speak.  Honestely, Manning is arguably the best player in the NFL and why would he want to go to Arizona?

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:41 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

    It is hard to imagine Indy sinking 28 mil into Manning at this stage of his career and add to the mix Manning's neck problems which could become career-ending.  But if Arizona lands Peyton, he could very well be what Kurt Warner was to them a couple of years back. 

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:28 pm
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:13 pm

Casserly: Cards a darkhorse for Peyton Manning?

I guess Arizona has enjoyed watching Minnesota try it with all those QBs at the end of their careers, that they`ll go ahead and do it too.

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