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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: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:20 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Actually, I think that is exactly what they are going to do.  If they take an older guy that they don't have to give 8-10 million a year for, they will be able to give Welker his money and keep everyone happy.  Chad Johnson didn't put the time in to that was needed for him to be in tune with Brady.  Moss already has the connection with Brady but may not still have the ability to play the game at that level.  I think Wayne certainly still has "it" left.  I am not gonna go out on a limb with him.  I will guarantee that Wayne learned last season that he has to be with a top notch QB or he is gonna have another year like last year where ever he goes.  Brady fits that bill.  Of course so does Manning.  I could see Brandon Lloyd going to NE also.  When you think of who NE may go after to fill the deep threat that they sorely missed last year, think of the dollar signs first.  It won't be Colston or Wallace as I think they would be too expensive.  I guess the other names that you mentioned could be in play but I think that in the end, NE will find a way to get one in the draft.  They do have 2 first round picks this year.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:13 pm
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Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:11 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I still don`t understand why any team would want to take the risk of bringing in someone, especially a QB, at the end of their career. Minnesota did it time, and time, and time again. Got them two trips to the conference championship game. Arizona did it with Warner, got then one superbowl trip, now both teams are scrambling, just to be competitive again. Just doesn`t seem the rewards outweigh the risks with players that can`t admit their career is done.

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:10 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I hope he goes anywhere but the Skins, that would be a huge step back to the mid 2000's when Dan was trying to sign big names

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:12 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Reggie Wayne is not going to New England.. The patriots don't need another receiver at the end of his career( Ocho Stinko). Wayne needs to go where young receivers are to teach them how to play the position and he needs to act like the veteran leader he should be. His better days as a player are behind him and the cause of a lot of his success ( manning) is not there anymore.

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:20 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Is it me, or has pretty much every potentially available WR been associated with the Patriots in recent media speculation?  So far I've heard theories about them being interested in Colston, Jackson, Wayne, Moss, Stevie Johnson, Lloyd, Wallace, Laurent Robinson, and even Robert Meachem.

I'm sure the Pats will do what they need to do.  But clearly, they're not going to pursue 8-10 different guys at the position all in the same year.  And for my money, I'd bet on them not picking the oldest guys (Moss and Wayne) on the list of available good options.

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