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Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:58 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:14 pm
 
The queue for Manning's services starts ... now. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There's still one game left in the 2011 season, but for the 30 NFL teams who have now moved into the 2012 offseason, the wheels of change are already in motion. Earlier this week, Peyton Manning told the Indianapolis Star that while he has no intentions of retiring he also doesn't know if the Colts will bring him back. It was a shocking admission from the man responsible for two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl title and a 141-67 record (.678 winning percentage) in 13 seasons, including a 3-13 effort as a rookie in 1998.

The queue for Manning's services is already forming. Two weeks ago, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly said the Cardinals could be interested (although it would require some logistical gymnastics). On Wednesday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote that the Dolphins will be all-in on Manning, too.

"A team source e-mailed me this afternoon that the priority is Manning. This coincides with news out of Mobile, Ala., where the Senior Bowl is going to be played Saturday. A league source there tells The Herald's Barry Jackson that the Dolphins have shown no interest in Flynn as of yet -- not even informal interest.

"Now, teams are not allowed to show formal interest in soon-to-be free agents at this time. But at those Senior Bowl practices, where agents and team personnel departments mingle on the sideline, it's common for preliminary signs of future interest to be displayed. In fact, it's almost expected."

After the Dolphins hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin last week, conventional wisdom was that Miami would immediately be in the Matt Flynn sweepstakes. Unless the Dolphins front office shares a fantastic poker face, that doesn't appear to be the case.

As Salguero notes, "The club believes a healthy Peyton Manning is simply a better gamble than an unproven Matt Flynn. Flynn is younger and will be cheaper (although not by a lot) but clearly the Dolphins are more drawn to the idea of a proven NFL performer -- despite his advancing age and greater risk of his neck injury resurfacing."

In general, betting that a quarterback in his mid-30s, still recovering from serious injury, and likely on the downside of a Hall of Fame career can resurrect a rudderless franchise is a fool's errand. But the Cardinals caught lightning in a bottle with Kurt Warner and he led them to a Super Bowl. It's not unreasonable to think that Manning could have similar success in the right system. Of course, the tough part is finding where that might be.

But one thing seems more likely with each passing day: the Manning era in Indy could be over. A ridiculous notion six months ago, much less so just six weeks out from when the organization is set to give Manning a $28 million roster bonus.

Whatever happens this spring, one thing is certain: should Manning become available, there will be plenty of quarterback-needy teams lining up for his services.

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Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Yell




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 27, 2012 12:56 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Ok, then I would like a second opinion. Tongue out


Ok. I just got a second and third opinion.   Thought I'd pass it on.  I was right  Cool




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 27, 2012 9:28 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Ok, then I would like a second opinion. Tongue out




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I believe he is at serious risk if he plays football again.

And you're wrong again. 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I believe he is at serious risk if he plays football again.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Sorry you didnt like my post Doctor! 

It has nothing to do with not liking your post, not at all.  I just find it incredible that you along with so many other CBS members really believe that Peyton Manning would honetly risk ending up in a wheel chair or dead to continue playing in the NFL.  Don't get me wrong, every NFL player takes some risks but if you guys believe that Manning is at serious risk of ending up paralyzed then I think you're all nuts and belong in an asylum for insane people.

Peyton Manning has accomplished everything and anything a player can accomplish.  He has won divisions, a superbowl, MVP awards, and he has made a king's ransom doing it.   no need at all to take stupid  risks, and he would never do that. 



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:32 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Sorry you didnt like my post Doctor! 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:24 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Peyton's never gonna play again. What doctor in his right mind is going to ok him to play? If he plays and ends up dead or in a wheel chair, Archie Manning is gonna go after that doctor that ok'd him to play. It only takes one hit on a repaired neck to end it for him. Be smart Peyton. You have nothing else to prove. Dont take that chance of never holding your wife and kids again! Its not worth it! 

Everything you said is 100 percent wrong.  As long as his the fusion took and his neck has healed, Peyton isn't any more at risk of getting crippled then any other qb in the NFL.  You don't know anything about his injury, I do.  A while back we had a family member have the same surgery Peyton did and it's nothing like you think it is.   The surgery has its risks, especially in the beginning stages. But if the neck heals, it's over and he can play football.   If it doesn't heal properly then of course he can't play.  

And seriously man, do you think if there was a good chance Peyton Manning could be crippled that he would play football again?  He's a very wealthy man and a very intelligent individual who from everything I've heard is brilliant with his money.  He lives a simple lifestyle and has more money then he'll ever need the rest of his life.  Not to mention I guarantee you he has a job waiting for him in the broadcast booth as well.....

Trust me, if Manning plays it's because he's 100 percent healthy.  He's not stupid.... 



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:43 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I agree with you.  He's got nothing to prove, and little to gain and everything to lose.

In theory, and has a Chief fan I may like him to be the QB.

As a human being, I think he should hang it up.  He's one of the best ever, that will never change.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:32 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Peyton's never gonna play again. What doctor in his right mind is going to ok him to play? If he plays and ends up dead or in a wheel chair, Archie Manning is gonna go after that doctor that ok'd him to play. It only takes one hit on a repaired neck to end it for him. Be smart Peyton. You have nothing else to prove. Dont take that chance of never holding your wife and kids again! Its not worth it! 


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