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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: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:10 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

I understand that a healthy manning potentially gets you into the playoffs, but, what are you giving up to get him?  The money it would take to get him as a free agent could be better spent somewhere else.  Seattle has been a perenial 8-8 team for years and they are improving through the draft and free agency.  Instead of paying all of the money to one guy, split your money between 3 or 4 younger guys who can help you long term and possibly sustain longterm success.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:08 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

@ogdenbl  No way you dont go after him if he is healthy.  He will put you in the playoffs and a chance to go to a Super Bowl. You cant find that too often. You can with a healthy Manning!

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

I'm surprised we haven't heard any talk of Manning going to Dallas.  Seems like the type of thing Jerry Jones would love...hype and hope.  Romo could probably use the change of scenery and the Cowboys have one of the best, if not THE best, group of wide recievers in the league.  He's not going to Seattle, just like he's not going to Cleveland.  Dallas is an interesting prospect though and they'd be favorites immediately...if he's truly healthy of course.

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:26 pm

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

I think it is simple, If Manning is 100% healthy you have to have him, he is a top 3 QB.......... P.S. T-Jack is not the answer.

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 11:16 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Fellas, please stay out of the Payton Manning sweepstakes. You have done a pretty good job rebuilding and bringing in good young talent, so just stay the course. Payton will need to be PAID, and that money could be better spent on free agents with more upside. The fact is, his career is coming to an end so use Jackson for one more year and groom someone behind him. Things look like they are coming together nicely, but please be smart and spend Paul Allen's money wisely.

Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:45 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Comment to Stuz regarding Freddie Solomon. You must have missed the article written by Josh Katzowitz on February 13th. It excerpted part of the article from the Tampa Tribune. It told about how involved he was in community relations in Tampa and that he would be sorely missed. It mentioned his time with the 49ers more than the Dolphins. As a Dolphin fan since the early 60's. I did not know that he was dying of cancer. He was an exceptional person.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:07 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

I get why Pete "I can't win with any of my former USC players" Carroll wants Peyton Manning tolay for the Seahawks, but I eally don't get why Peyton Manning wants to come play for the Seahawks. The Seahawks a porous offensive line (who in the NFC West doesn't), inept play calling, much-maligned defense. The Colts were really a bad team without Manning playing for them this year. The Seahawks have been a terrible team without Manning playing for them for years. Is it a match made in heaven? Peyton would be better served going to the Cardinals (Kevin Kolb is a put it mildy. OK the Great Kevin Kolb experiemnt has proven to be an absolute failure. His play has been so bad that Cardinal fans are chanting to bring bvack Derek Anderson. Peyton going to the Rams might also be a good thing. Sam Bradford will never blossom into a great QB with the current head coach and offensive coordinator. After all, the HC is a defensive-minded coach and the OC was totally clueless/befuddled when he called plays in his last game.

Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and ANY young QB should be tutored by a capable coach. I know that's a concept that is not really followed through in the NFL, but look no further than what Jim Harbaugh has done with Alex Smith in only one season....and that's without regular training camp Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford's career will never amount to much so long as they play for defensive-minded HC. But there is hope. Bill Belichick is a defensive-minded head coach....but even he knows that a great offense is the best defense.

John Fox and Jeff Fisher (is it coincidence that both their intitials are JF which stand for "absolute failure" in Latin) have not proven that they can coach a young QB into stardom....far from it.   

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:07 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

"but he is tarnishing his image in pursuit of money"  You just described anyone who has wore pinstripes in the last 20 years. 

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:53 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

 Why would seattle seachickens want mr. manning they have the great travisty jackson. there is no way manning is better then travisty. If I was travisty jackson I would ask for a raise and a new contract, because he`s a rock star.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:25 am

Are Seahawks front-runners for Peyton Manning?

Seahawks might have a spine specialist but will he be sneaking out on the field to be an extra man protecting him? No way Peyton agrees to Seattle in any way.

Reggie to the Pats sounds reasonable but I like the point that Wayne would seem to be a great fit in New Orleans too. I think that he will come cheaper than Colston and that would allow them to keep their line intact for Brees, too. Although the Pats will undoubtedly pick up a receiver somewhere, I can't see them paying them more than they will want to give Welker and they will need a better RB, a tough D-Lineman and major DB help (could they get Samuel back for a manageable contract for some help there?). Seeing the way the Giants line has been in Brady's face for 2 superbowls now, another great pass blocker would be welcome, too.

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