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Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:32 am
Edited on: February 20, 2012 5:52 am
Depending on his health, Peyton Manning should have plenty of suitors should the Colts decide to cut him. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Peyton Manning has been in the news more in the last month than he was at any point during the 2011 season. This is what happens when one of the NFL's best players is sidelined with a serious neck injury, his status remains uncertain, and he's due a $28 million bonus on March 13. There are questions about, well, everything.

Will Peyton be healthy enough to return to the field in 2012? Will the Colts pay him said $28 million? And if not, where might Manning end up?'s Will Brinson handicapped those teams that might be in the Manning business next season and it included the usual suspects: the Dolphins, Redskins, Cardinals and even the Colts. But Brinson also included the Seahawks, an outfit that let Matt Hasselbeck walk after 2010 and went with Tarvaris Jackson last year.

On Sunday, Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that Seattle is more than intrigued by Manning.

"Based on the buzz around the league, the Seahawks could be the early frontrunner for Peyton Manning, assuming he is released," says Pompei. "Pete Carroll needs a quarterback and is believed to have a strong interest in at least exploring Manning.

"The Seahawks could offer Manning an attractive scenario. They have a young team with some fine skill players to put around him. They play in one of the league’s loudest stadiums. Manning wouldn’t be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets. The Seahawks also could have a better feel for Manning’s medical situation than some teams. One of their team physicians, Stan Herring, who also is one of the country’s preeminent specialists for spine injuries. Herring is a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee."

Jackson played better than we expected last season, but as NFL Network's Mike Mayock said earlier this week, “I like him. He’s developed to a certain point, but I think that position needs to be upgraded. And I don’t mind T-Jack competing for the position, but I think you either have to get a free agent in there or you have to draft somebody.”

Manning would certainly fit the description of competition although, again, no one knows if or when he'll be completely healthy. Then it becomes a question of which teams are willing to take a flier on him in the hopes that if he's not ready in 2012, he'll be available in 2013. That decision, we suspect, will come down to some combination money (for Manning) and desperation (by quarterback-needy teams).

Pompei also suggests that Manning and Reggie Wayne (he'll be a free agent in a few weeks) could be a packaged deal.

"A few pro scouts believe Wayne’s production may dip, given he probably will be in a new offensive system for the first time in his career, and he is 33 years old," Pompei says. "That isn’t to say the free agent to be doesn’t have a couple of good years left in him, however. Wayne could maximize his ability if he were to continue his connection with Manning."

We've been saying this for months, too. If Peyton returns, we'd expect Wayne to join him. If Manning can't play in '12, we wouldn't be surprised if Wayne ended up in New England.

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Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:19 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

OMG, how wise is this? Place a QB with a broken neck in a division where the D is usually what pulls the team out. Manning will find himself on his back over and over again and perhaps a time will come where he takes that head shot and will never be able to stand again. I think he needs to retire and simply go quietly into the night rather than screaming like he might find himself doing on the floor of a stadium. Oh well, Manning can be inducted into the HOF puffing into a white tube to get his chair to move.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:23 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Nathaniel, even as a fellow Seahawks fan, I have to say you're nuts to call the Seahawks offensive line amazing.  They're mediocre at best.  There's not one above average starter on the line, though IF Okung can ever manage a season without injury he could be a stud.  They open few holes for the running game and the only reason they don't give up a ton of sacks is because Jackson only makes one read before he dumps the ball out of bounds.  Imagine how good their running game would be if Lynch didn't have to make his own hole on almost every play.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:48 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Here is the bottom line; There is just not enough money in the pot to sign anyone else if they sign Manning.  They need to ensure that the guys like Red Bryant and Marshawn Lynch are resigned or franchised.  Signing both of these guys to deals will put a pretty big hit into the cap and what you would have left is enough to sign a couple of modest free agent contracts.  

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:05 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Its crazy to think of the colts without manning. i think its even crazier to think of him on the Seahawks. Peyton is the colts offense and we've seen what they do without him. The playbook, the calls and the audibles are all Manning. If he goes to the Seahawks who's learning from who? Does he walk in with his no huddle fast pace offense or does he learn Seattles? My biggest problem with everything that has gone on is that it feels like the end of an era.

Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:05 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

they only 16 games idiot

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:51 pm

ER's in Seattle to prep if he signs

While I don't necessarily disagree with the guy that thinks the Niners are 8-10 next season (I'd say more like 10-6, since it's not an 18 game season yet), I also think it's a baaaaad idea for Peyton to face the Niners D twice in one season. If he goes there, then Manning fans should start stockpiling blood donations at the local ER's now.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:39 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Yah so i don't want to here the Seahawks need more than a QB

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:10 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

actually there O-line played damn good the last 7-8 games even when they still had huge injuries happening

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:08 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

If manning is 70 percent healthy and the Hawks get him they will battle the Niners for the Div. title. Come on, the niners?? They were playing on borrowed time all year and with Smith as the QB they will never win anything. If they stay with Smith at QB the Niners are a 8-10 win team this next season.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:46 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

what do u say to that

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