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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 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:43 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

AvidIslesFan, I can't see Washington happening for Peyton. As cool as it may be to play his brother twice a year, it would be too much friction playing in the same division as Eli.

Teams where Peyton would be the automatic starter? Cleveland, Miami, Seattle, Jets, Minnesota, KC, Washington, and maybe Tennessee. No situation is perfect. The Jets would mean sharing New York and Giants Stadium with Eli. I can't see it happening.

And whoever signs Manning in March is NOT going to draft a QB -- and much less trade up for the 2nd or 3rd pick overall to get RGIII. It would be an insult to Peyton and hold back RGIII's development. The way a top 1st rounder gets paid you can't afford to let him sit 2-3 years, only to have him as your starter for 2 years before the contract runs out.

Whoever picks up Manning will be out of the running for a QB for another 2-3 seasons at least before grooming an heir.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:39 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

What a stupid story!  Of course the Dolphins owner is infatuated with the idea of Peyton Manning playing for them!  Peyton is arguably the greatest QB of all-time so literally any team in the league (very few exceptions) wouldn't be automatically better if the signed with them!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:25 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Peyton was this season's MVP proving that he alone was good for 8-10 Indy wins during the season. If his arm strength does come back -- a big IF, sadly -- Miami will be a playoff contender. It's certainly a better D and a better O (outside of tight end) waiting for him in Miami.

Two corrections. Someone mentioned "trade Henne" but he's not a Fin. He's a free agent. Moore has one more year, so he has limited trade value. Besides, Moore was pretty darn good and an ideal backup next season.

The other correction is that Peyton's place can NOT be in South Beach. He DOES have a place in South Florida, but SoBe is not a place where celebrities actually live.

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:17 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

I agree with you that he is not a good fit, and obviously he is a high risk because of the neck, but which way do you see the Fins going? Would they draft RGIII or through all their eggs in one basket with Matt Flynn, which I think would be a big mistake. They don't exactly have a history of making good choices here, see Daunte Cullpepper, I think RGIII is the way to go. As for Peyton, I think we will see him in a Redskins uniform this year, and, if the Fins pass on RGIII,, I could see the Skins drafting him to sit behind Manning and be the future. What do you think?

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:16 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Why not go after him?  If you don't pursue him and he ends up somewhere else, you just look like an idiot.  At least if you get him and he ends up hurt, you can say you tried.  The Dolphins have not had a QB since Marino.  I think it is time they took a chance to get one.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:11 pm

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Wayne and Jeff Saturday are free agents aren't they? Imagine if the phins signed all 3.

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:00 pm
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Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:58 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

My problem with Peyton Manning coming to Miami would be that who ever is our young back up QB would learn absolutely nothing sitting behind him. Basically, Manning was the offensive coordinator in Indy. That guy on the sidelines with the headset was just there to watch. When Indy signed Kerry Collins, it showed that Curtis Painter was probably sleeping most of the time because he figured he was never going to see the field except from the sidelines. Sign Matt Flynn and draft Ryan Tannehill. Both guys are very knowledgable about the offensive system that Coach Philbin and OC Mike Sherman have in mind and both coaches know them. Personally, I just want to score some points this year! I've had enough of settling for 'fist pumps' instead of touchdowns. Go Phins!

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:56 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

Oh Boy Oh boy Oh Boy would that be sweet. Mr Ross if the opportunity does indeed present itself and there is a real shot at Peyton and you dont take it  then in fact you and Ireland can take a short rope rope and a long leap off a tall building because neither one of yopu know what you are doing. Trade Henne and Moore if ypu have to this is a one shot deal kind of like when Drew Brees came around for the second time or a shot at Harbough to coach a team and you balked. Peyton has a full year of rest and alot of game left not to mention putting a future coach in the system for when he chooses to retire. Two wishes now is Peyton in Ireland OUT! Keeping fingers crossed.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:47 am

Report: Fins owner Ross 'infatuated' with Peyton

This story has no merit in any way, shape, or form. Ross loves tossing names out there to see how far the SoFla media will jump.  I'm sure he likes Staubach and Rice too, but neither are coming to pass or catch.  Even if Ross mentioned those two names in passing Hyde (Sun Sentinel) or Lebatard (790) would make a story of it.  Manning is not a fit in Miami.  First, he doesn't solve the Dolphins long term QB sitation.  Second, the neck.  That's been talked about ad nauseum.  Then there's an issue of salary cap and chemistry with any Dolphin capable of making a play.  Put this story to rest.  I'd rather you talk about lime flavored Doritos than Manning coming to Miami.

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