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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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Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:29 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Manning could easily have the Kansas City Chiefs in at least the AFC Championship game if not next year, the year after at the latest.

Here's why:

Crap division
One of the top two/three running backs in all of football.. Jamaal Charles
A record setting rookie (for KC) tight end
Bowe, Breaston and Baldwin and wide reciever
Great special teams.. Succop, Colquitt and Arenas..

Most important:

Defense... The last five games of the season the Chiefs had the number three defense in the NFL.  They will be better next year with Crennel as HC.  They have the best/close secondary in the NFL, Flowers/Carr/Berry/Lewis... All-Pro's in Tamba Hali, Dereck Johnson and emerging star in Houston.  

I dare say, if you took the star, and mean STAR running back, tight end, saftey, then quarterback off any team, went through three QB's, one name Tyler Palko for four games, two head coaches and came within ONE blocked field goal of winning the division, it's not bad, a crappy division it may be.

They squashed Green Bay (12) and Denver (3), both wins, and lost to Oakland (16) in OT in the last three games.

They were in the red zone so often they almost became communists.  It's too much of a stretch to think with Charles, their tight end and Manning those games would have been blow outs.  Same with the Steeler game, which they played with Palko. 

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:57 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Cont.: Why do I say SIX game-changers? Because they will likely be able to draft both a top-50 DT and RB, plus another legitimate 2nd-rounder at FS, with their two 3s and two 4s. A lot of quality available compared to the likely demand. As this draft goes into the 2nd round, teams are going to start reaching down at an historic pace. There are a lot of bad fits between available talent and desperate need. Bellechick will KILL in a draft like this.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:46 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

joebcool69: I frankly don't know how we all missed it, it's so freaking obvious. Now, as to the consequences of that. The NY Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The Eagles are a trip, because they've got the talent; in any case, they've still our attention. Put Peyton in Dallas. So, answer me this: which owner not exactly known for his patience might be even more inclined to pay whatever it takes to get a certain Baylor Bear?

Winner: St. Louis Rams. This draft looks like it may fall perfectly for them, allowing them to actually fill as many as six gaping holes in a single draft. Choose wisely, my friends. 

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:28 am
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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:40 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

also people granted Maniing is at the top of the list for of QB's but teams with franchise a QB like Matt Ryan for example (since there is a lot of talk about him on here, maybe not the best example) are not going to cut a QB in the middle or early stages of their career to bring in Peyton for a handful of years at best. a QB like Matt Ryan will spend the majority of his career in atlanta as will any other QB who continues to give their team a chance year in and year out. yes i get it Peytomn would be better but in situations like this it also comes down to long term, unless you feel that teams QB will not be there in 4-7 years and i think matt ryan will be atlantas QB for a long time.  now if you were talking eagles then yes i cn see them dumping vick because he wont be there 4-7 years, he is trade bait type of QB.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:26 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

they are not going to pay 28 million dollars to trade him for picks, where is the logic in that?

as far as "pushing him out", or however you would like to phrase it, bottom line is they are most likely not going to have peyton on their roster at the start of the 2012 season and yes for the exact reasons you pointed out.. are you offended because i said push him out? dont get so personal on the choice of words. and again in order to trade him they need to give him 28 million. im not to sure if they can prolong it but i do not think they can and even if they can i doubt it would go weeks, that why its a contract with a date.  

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:18 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

in order to trade peyton the colts would have to pay him 28 million dollars.. they are not going to give him 28 million dollars just to trade him. they will either sign him and keep him or they will release him to free agency. no person in their right mind would pay 28 million dollars just to get draft picks, think about that..

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:03 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

It would be easier to list which teams don't have (or shouldn't have) interest in Manning rather than all the ones that do. Maybe 10 at most are about as good without Manning as they would be with him, probably less than that but I'm being generous. If 22 teams aren't looking seriously at Manning then 22 GMs should probably be looked at very closely to see if they understand talent evaluation at all.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:20 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

The Falcons will always remain a team that'll struggle to barely make the playoffs and will be knocked out the first round with Matt Ryan. He's had a well above set of WRs over the last few years which have helped him. Give him sub-par WRs and he'd quickly become a 15TD/15INT kinda QB. Which is what he is...just average.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:18 am

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

ir wounds like manning is not all that thrilled with the colts. i dont know how anyone would want to pay manning 28 mil and then pay luck. probably with the nre contract luck will not command as much as h wouldhave last year. still no 1 pickhas to be expensive. if manning is relatively healthy and can play at all, the team that gets him will be in the playoffs. he is a game changer.

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