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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 13, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:36 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Dolphins? Jets? Titans? Lets start hoping he goes to the Cards and gets the hell out of the AFC!

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:35 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

duh...  this is a story??

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:18 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

How about Manning to the Titans? Return to the South and in the same state he played in college. Plus, they have a great running back in Chris Johnson to open up the passing game. Plus, he will have two chances a year to stick it to the Colts.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:12 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

WOW.  This would be awesome on a lot of levels (although Peyton going to the Jets would be even better!)...

Fisher signed onto St. Louis due to the QB situation (maybe) but he does like Peyton and if Peyton ends up in Miami?

Peyton and Brady in the same division!?!?!

Either way, Miami does need to draft or acquire a young QB if they don't believe in Henne or Moore.  Wilson uses the Cardinals as an example of it working out with Warner, but I would counter that A) they didn't WIN a super bowl and B) they are now in desperate need of a QB because Warner was a short term answer.  Peyton would be the same.

BTW, I think Eli will end up being better than Peyton anyway because of his clutch gene.  Peyton puts up big numbers and is a tireless worker, but he seems to get tight in big games...

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:12 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Please move to south beach Peyton we have needed a qb like you since dan hung it up

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:08 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Come down to South Beach Peyton...

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:05 pm

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

No way!  You mean teams with less than desirable QB situations "might" be interested in arguably the best QB to ever play?  What great journalism to break this story!  Wow, the Dolphins and Cardinals would be interested in Peyton Manning!  I'm completely shocked!  Thanks CBS, I do not know what us sports fans would do without such cutting edge stories!

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