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Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:12 am
Edited on: February 5, 2012 11:45 am
Peyton's next trip to Miami might look a little different. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The idea of Peyton Manning playing for a team other than the Colts in 2012 seems like a lock after all the back and forth between Manning's camp and Jim Irsay in Indianapolis this week. One team that's always mentioned as a possible landing spot for Manning is the Miami Dolphins, and over the past two days, the notion of Manning's gotten revved up a little bit.

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There's a report Sunday from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, where Jackson writes that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is "infatuated with the idea of signing" Manning.

Adding fuel to the fire is a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the Dolphins are on the "short list" of teams that Manning has interest in, if/when he leaves the Colts.

The marriage makes sense: Manning owns a condo in South Beach so he's familiar with the area. The Dolphins have a decent set of weapons headlined by Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush. Miami already has a good defense.

Much still has to unfold with Manning, and the pursuit of No. 18 could potentially blow up in the Dolphins face. Manning could be released as late as March 8; free agency begins on March 13. If Ross and Jeff Ireland chase Manning and fail to get him, Packers backup and would-be free-agency cash cow Matt Flynn could sign elsewhere.

That's not a situation that will make anyone's heart flutter in South Beach.

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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:25 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Question is: at what cost will Manning be to the team as far as trade or cash? Personally, I would go after both Manning and Flynn, there is your potential 1st, 2nd, and 3rd string. What other positions is Miami really lacking in? Nothing comes to mind, they got the receivers, the backs, the D, draft someone in the late first or second to improve the line is all. I do not see why it needs to be one or the other unless Flynn feels he is a starter and GB wants a 1st rounder for him, which I cannot agree with at this time. Yes, he had a really good game when he started, but that was one game of 16 he started and that was against a team that has a struggling D.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:58 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

As much as i like Peyton Manning as a great Q/B, Matt Flynn has the upside. If the Phins go after Manning, they will be in the same boat 3 yrs from now. An aging q/b who now has to mentor an upcoming draft pick. That actually does not sound bad as long as Peyton does not mind.
 The business side of it makes alot of sense. Peyton will put people in the stands. If they make a run at the playoffs then its all gravy. However the surgically repaired neck and the year off have me a little concerned. There is no doubt in my mind Peyton will give his all to get back in football shape. If not because of the true professional he is, than to prove the critics like me wrong. 
 I would love to see Peyton in a Phins jersey and be successful. Matt Flynn (unproven) would be a great addition as well in the long term.   

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

I think Miami would definitely be a nice landing spot for Peyton. The team has a top 10 defense, a solid #1 receiver and slot receiver, the makings of a very good offensive line (assuming they grab a RT early in the draft) and a great pass catching RB in Bush. But if I were Ross I would make a run at Flynn instead. Philbin offers a familiar system to Flynn and all those prior attributes I listed should make for a great transition to a west coast offense for the Fins. Flynn is 26, he could easily have a good 8 years left in him. I'm afraid Peyton is one hit away from being reinjured, and really a year or two away from retirement age.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:19 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

I'm a Miami Dolphins fan but I think the Denver Broncos need Peyton Manning more than the Dolphins. Tim Tebow's claim to fame being able to win the games that the Denver defense kept close. Had a worse QB rating than the Dolphins backup QB. Don't get me wrong I would love to see Manning as the new Dolphins QB but the Broncos need a true QB even more. Regardless what the religious freaks say, Tebow is not the answer. No QB who puts up backup QB numbers is the permanent answer.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:54 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Oh, boy! With the SB now out of the way, the Payton saga can get ALL the attention.

Here's what I don't get. Almost all the "experts" say Manning will be gone from Indy . . Yet, in two separate interviews with the NFL network,
Irsay has said he wants a healthy and productive Manning to remain a Colt.

Is that just being ignored or assumed to be a lie? Why is a release or trade being reported as a done deal? Maybe reporting statements and tweets
as "posturing" and engaging in endless speculation is the best our ridiculous media can do, because the fact is they don't KNOW.

Why are people saying Manning isn't going to play for the Colts and calling it a done deal?  Because it's obvious, that's why.  Irsay is going to tell us he wants to keep Manning and Manning will tell us he loves Indi, but the reality of the situation is it doesn't make any sense at all for the Colts to let Peyton Manning start anymore games in Indi. 

It's time Indi re-builds or at least re-tools, it's that simple.  What most people don't understand is Peyton Manning wasn't the only reason this teamed was so bad this year, there are a lot of holes on this Indi team.  They have quite a few key players over 30 years old and on their way down, not up.  Forget the 10 wins the season before, Manning and the Colts went on a little run at the end of the season and got the job done.  This team wasn't likely to win 10 games this past season with Manning, experts all over the place were predicting the Colts could struggle and miss the playoffs.   Yes, Manning playing would have meant a few more wins, no doubt about that, but this team isn't a contender right now with or without Manning.

The Colts are lucky though, their bad play is perfect timing to pick up what's being called a once in a decade qb in Andrew Luck.  Why on earth would the Colts start Peyton Manning this year when they aren't going to win anything anyway?  Why wouldn't you start Luck and let him take his bumps and bruises his first season and learn a few things along the way.   It's crazy thinking to believe there is any chance at all of Indi holding onto Peyton.....  it's simply not gonna happen.  The only question is can the Colts find a way to trade his rights instead of cutting him and getting nothing in return?  That's the only question..... nothing else. 

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:48 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

I want Peyton to go to Seattle good O-line and Defense oh and have you heard of Marshawn Lynch all they need is a QB and the Seahawks will be pretty good if not great!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:33 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Why Not  SAN FRAN?  OUt with A. SMith

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:20 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Garrard will be back & ready for action......I don't see Peyton going anywhere at all for any reason!  If he retires it will be a health issue and that's that........this is turning into the great "peyton watch"

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:18 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Texans got shaubb bro...That wouldn't make sense...

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:12 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Well said bro, Has a fan and a season ticket holder. We have lacked at the QB position since Dan the man left South Beach. We never had another good QB. Now we have a respectful good defense and a pretty good offense that needs a few adjustments but what team doesnt???If we get Peyton here we will definately build around him to protect him no doubt in my mind starting at RT or maybe Carl Nicks...With having Peyton here we will succeed and beat the patsies. Like you said we beat GB, should of beat the Steelers but we got hosed by the refs and we won those games with Henne??? Give us a shot and you guys will give Miami some respect.

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