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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: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:45 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I'm not a Peyton fan but lets face it, half the league will be falling over themselves trying to get him if he becomes a FA.  Firing Polian was insane but if the Colts dump or trade Manning I'd root for him to go somewhere he could regulary thump them. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:33 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

1st of Peyton is due a 28 million dollar bonus.  If the colts exercise that then they would have to keep him.  No team is going to give up a 1st round pick and then pick up the $28 million dollar contract, when they can just sign him as a free agent.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:20 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

>He should go to Seattle! Easy division and good defense and running game! Plus Paul Allen has deep pockets!

You couldn't pay me enough to live in that dump of a city.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:04 pm
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Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:56 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Honestly, if a team like the Redskins or Dolphins gave them a whole lot, 1st pick this year and next as well as a bunch of other stuff, could the Colts turn that down? That is a whole lot of really good, young, affordable players we are talking about here.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:48 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I think Peyton could very well be a Card, because they really are a QB away from a strong playoff run and at this point in his career, I think he is desperate to get back to the big show at least once more.

I wouldn't rule out the Chiefs either. They brought in Montana at the end of his career and have a really strong supporting cast and a winnable division. Drop Cassel and keep Orton as a backup or trade Orton to Chicago as a backup for a late rounder. There is also the rumour that Jim Caldwell will be brought on by KC.


Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:42 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

What about the Redskins?  I could see Snyder ponying up for him, and God knows Shanahan cannot win without a HOF arm back there.  Anyone know thier cap situation?  With Manning, the Skins would be an immediate SB contender.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:37 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I totally agree with another message that I read. The Atlanta Falcons would be the perfect fit for Manning. Manning has about 4 years max to play. Going to the Dolphins, Jags, pr Cardinals would be a waste of his time. The Falcons are close. They have 2 dynamic receivers, not to mention Douglas, whom they must resign. Tony G. is still more than adequate at tight end. Even if Turner leaves, which he probably will, Snelling and Jacuzi will be fine in the backfield. The Falcons must get a couple of offensive linemen, 2 defensive linemen, a linebacker, and 2 defensive backs. This would put them among the elite in the NFL. Ryan is ok at quarterback, but he is not close to Manning. The Falcons could probably deal him for a 1 and a 3 or a 2, 3 and 4 in the draft and also have more money under the cap. The Falcons have been good, but not good enough the last 3 years. some changes have to be made. If Manning is healthy, then go for it. Arthur Blank desperately wants a super bowl, and this is a viable opportunity. Manning would also help in the development of Smith as a head coach. His lack of experience has really shown in the last 2 years. It seems like the perfect situation for Manning and the Falcons if, a very key word, if Manning is healthy. Perhaps this is just a pipe dream, but time will tell. I cannot see Manning going to the Jets and the blow hard Ryan. Not Manning's style.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:26 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I would lay money on the Jets getting him. Peyton would make Rex Ryan look like an offensive genius. 

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:16 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

TrexJetts - No
If the Seahawks didn't resign Hasselbeck because he's old and immobile, then why pick up another one with a weak neck?  He would be dead within a month behind the oft injured line.

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