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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 28, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:06 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!

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:00 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

IF he's gonna go somewhere other than Indi, it'll be somewhere that has a good offensive line. The guy is gonna be a bit more fragile now.

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:52 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

If Peyton Manning plays he will play as a Colt in my humble opinion. Regardless, the neck injury is NOT going to put him in a wheelchair as so many have said. If the bones fuse properly (which the Dr. has already confirmed) then his neck will be stronger than anyones who writes on this board. The whole question is whether the nerve going to his right arm regenerates to the point that he can throw the football like he did before. That is what they are waiting for, to see if the strength comes back in his arm. The neck itself is no longer even an issue, assuming that the Dr. is correct. I can't believe that none of these "so called experts" have not done enough research on fusion surgery to understand this. But, looking at the number of comments that these Manning pieces are getting, I guess they are doing their jobs. If people write on here then they are reading the articles, so I guess from that standpoint it is a success.

Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:31 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Manning is coming South.  His best option is a 3 year contract with Jags. His under study will learn a great deal in what it takes to be a NFL top QB. Plus he has a chance to show Colts what it takes to be a Champion. The Jags would need to commit to a major over haul of OL.  Trade down to get more drafts choices for Offensive Linmen. A trade with Bengals for 2 first rounders would be a good opption. Give up First and Second to Bengals. Football is played on the line of scrimage. Jags could draft 2 future all pro Offensive Linemen. First Round is loaded with Offensive Lineman graded in the 90's. 

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:29 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Of course the Dolphins would, so would every other team too. Whoever gets him, would be pulling off the equivalent of the Saints getting Brees ?

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:24 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

This is not a simple solution for Miami.  They signed vets in the past and they turned out to be injury prone (Culpepper, Trent Green, Chad Pennington, Brian Griese, the good Jay Fiedler)  or horrible (Ray Lucas, the bad Jay Fiedler, Joey Harrington, Tyler Thigpen, AJ Feeley); however, they have not fared well in the draft (Cleo Lemon, Chad Henne, Pat White).  The jury is out on Gus Frerrotte, Sage Rosenfels, and Matt Moore.

I hope the Dolphins will figure out something here.  If they don't get Peyton Manning, they better draft a good QB and not sign another vet bust.

It still stinks that they did not sign Drew Brees when they had a chance. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:21 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Anyone who thinks Matt Ryan has shown all he's capable of doesn't watch football. His conservative OC is gone and he'll put up Peyton-esque numbers within the next two years. The only reason the Falcons have been a winning team the last four years is because of Matt Ryan. Period.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:15 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

TAMPERING! Give the Colts a 5th round draft pick.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:13 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Manning knows he has a 3 year window. With that said, why would he want to go to the Dolphins? He has a life long losing
record against Brady and they were in different divisions. Now he'd see him twice a year?

As far as the Cardinals are concerned, they have Fitzgerald and that would make him happy. But they'd need to add another
WR and probably RB too because Benie Wells is a cornball. Not to mention upgrading their defense too. 

If Manning's goal is to win a Super Bowl,  let me bring up a team no one has mentioned.......the Falcons. Yes..I said the Falcons. Payton Manning could make Roddy White and Julio Jones the most lethal combo in the league. Their in a Dome (Peyton's natural environment) and all they would have to do is devote their entire draft to upgrading the defense!

Matt Ryan has shown us all his total upside. I don't think there's any more to see with him. The Falcons could easily make it to the NFC Championship game next year with the addition of Manning.

I'll be the first to say that the Falcons idea probably won't happen. But if Manning is serious about maximizing
the remaining time he has in the league, then his agent needs to put some feelers out towards the Falcons
and see if their interested. 

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:47 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

>Dolphins? Jets? Titans? Lets start hoping he goes to the Cards

Who'd want to go to Arizona? Too damn hot!

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