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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: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:45 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

No they don't they have a great O-line when its healthy their D is well Amazing and they have talented recievers OH and did i mention MARSHAWN LYNCH!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 28, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:17 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Seahawks need a lot more than manning... Just sayin

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:08 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Hawk you realize if Wayne was to go to the Seahawks he would become their NO. 1 reciever.

Highly debateable, but even if correct, you're not saying much.  He'd also be a waste of money.  He brings nothing to the team they don't have except playoff experience at that spot. 

    Do you also realize with Curtis Painter throwing to him Wayne still almost had 1,00 yards.  

Do you realize when he had Peyton Manning throwing to him the two previous years he couldn't manage even average YPC numbers for a wide receiver?   

And you talk about the last 3 years well only 4 W.R had more yards than Wayne does that mean all the others he had more yards than are not difference makers.

I'm going to clue you in on how football works - possession receivers are valuable.  They're also pretty common.  If you are a possession receiver, your team throws the ball all time, and you have a HoF quarterback who loves you, you'll get targeted for a lot of passes.  None of that makes you a difference maker or a stud.  Reggie Wayne used to be a stud.  Now he's just a guy on the downside of his career who can catch a 12 yard pass.  I'm going to imagine that you're not really dumb enough to ask about the guys who had more wide receiving yards.  I'll pretend that you understand how age effects players, how numbers of a set period of years when related to other players include a whole lot more factors than you apparently understand.  I'll pretend you didn't even write that, because it's just stupid, and anyone who understands the game knows that.  

Reggie Wayne is not a guy who commands a double team.  You no longer have to game plan for him like you once did.  He's still valuable, still has a place in the league, but he is not a difference maker.   A good guy to have on a team?  Sure.  But that's where it ends.

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:46 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

49ers should sign Manning if he is healthy, Alex Smith is mediocre.

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:00 pm
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Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:59 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

As a lifelong seahawks fan I have been debating the whole Manning issue for months now.  A number of factors would make a healthy Peyton in Seattle very successful.  Carroll has drafted a young and talented offensive line (assuming Okung can stay on the field).  The WR corp is very underrated and Peyton always brings the best out of his WRs anyways (Baldwin is going to be a stud).  My biggest concern is in the running game.  Peyton wants to play in a 1 back system.  Carroll has developed a solid running attack utilizing his fullback as a lead blocker.  Michael Robinson (former Penn State starting quarterback) just started for the NFC at fullback in the Pro Bowl, but is a free agent.  Do we scrap our current system which was starting to pay dividens for Peyton?  If he's healthy its a no-brainer, but I almost want to stay the course and let Carrolls plan further unfold.  Certainly an upgrade at QB is needed, but there might be safer alternatives.

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Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:57 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:11 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

@ogdenbl I guess we agree to disagree. The ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl.  When you draft its always a crap shoot what you are
going to get. Through free agency, if you get a healthy Manning, there is no risk what you are getting. Need to sign Lynch first.

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:33 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

     Name any other team than the Seahawks who Manning could sign with and I can give you a reason or two he wont.Those of you saying Manning wont sign with Seahawks havent really watched this team.If he doesnt stay in Indy,Mr.Allen whips out his checkbook and Bam!!!!He`ll be wearin Seahawks colors and being cheered on by the 12th Man.
     With Peyton in Seattle we are a playoff team fightin the 49ers for the division title and a first round bye.

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