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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: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:03 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Maybe ur the idiot

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:17 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Frankly he needs to do the smart thing and hang it up. I also had my neck fused in 2004 and it just isn't the same anymore. I couldn't imagine being tackled by some of those players in the NFL with a neck fusion. Granted I am not in the type of shape an NFL player is in but my point is that I don't think a neck fusion can stand up to the pounding that being a QB and getting sacked would take. Why risk paralysis? He has made a ton of money since coming into the NFL. Retire in decent health with that money and spend time with your family. Just my 2 cents but when it comes to competitive sports athletes can't seem to ever do the smart thing where health is concerned. Look at the guys with concussion problems. Few of them get it.

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 9:04 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

You would have to be mentally retarded to even half believe that a free agent Peyton Manning would consider signing with the SEATTLE SEAHAKWS. This article is a waste of time, made for idiots to consider "what if's".

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:59 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Look at the teams that provide the best pass protection in the league. Those teams will be the front-runners. Titans have one of the best pass protecting lines in the league. The Dolphins on the other hand let up 52 sacks last year, one of the worst in the league. 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:55 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  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.

Why do teams think this way?  Because there is such a fine line between winning and losing in today's NFL it's not even funny. If one player can even possibly make the difference, teams will take their chances.  In the last 40 years approximately only 17 NFL organizations have won superbowls, that's it !!!  NFL owners that have been in this game a long time are well into their senior years and don't have many years left on this earth are desperately trying to win at least once in their lifetime.

There is such a fine line between winning and losing in today's NFL it's actually incredible.  Look at the last 2 season  Green Bay wins a superbowl, but only because at the time a Lions team that couldn't beat anybody on the road won in Tampa with a 3rd string qb or Green Bay doesn't even make the playoffs.  This year the Giants win the NFC East with 9 wins on week 17, very rare and 9 wins isn't normally good enough to win that division or most divisions.  But they win the superbowl....  Without Rodgers there is no superbowl for Green Bay.  Without Eli Manning there is no superbowl this year for the Giants.  A quarterback isn't the only thing a team needs, but it's sure as hell the most important piece in today's NFL.  This isn't the "old" NFL where the run opens up the pass and defence is everything, those days are gone.  The game has been opened up, the rules changed to favour an offense.  

If Peyton Manning is healthy, he can make a hell of a difference to a team that wants to win NOW.....

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:41 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

If Eli Manning can leave Mississippi to play outdoors in New York successfully,
then surely Peyton can learn to successfully play outdoors in the twilight of his
career. But it won't be for Seattle, it will more than likely be for the impatient and
desparate New York Bigmouth Jets!!!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:31 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

The problem that some articles like this have is that they exclude the dome factor. Peyton has played his entire career in a domed stadium. If money isn't the biggest issue, then those evaluating landing spots need to look long and hard at the environment Peyton would be playing in. I'm not sure, other things being relatively equal, that an aging Peyton wants to play 8+ games a year in the outdoors. So given the cold and rain of the upper Northwest and the fact that Seattle isn't a given to be a Super Bowl-ready team, Peyton might be willing to forgo a million or two a year to play in a dome or for a more dominant team.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:29 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

 Manning wouldn’t be subject to the same kind of scrutiny in Seattle that he would in a lot of other markets. 
What a dumbass statement. He is in Indy now, not exactly a large market. This is the age of 24hr sportsnews through approximately 4-5 television stations, hundred of internet sites, and multiple print outlets. There is no such thing as a less scrutinizing small market anymore. As to the point of the story, Seattle and Arizona both make sense, although Arizona seems to be a better opton due to receivers, playing conditions (retractable roof), and coach in my opinion. The ony team that I think doesn't really have a chance to win the NFC West next year is St Louis. 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 7:11 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Why aren't any of these writers naming KC? The Chiefs are far better fit for Maning got all the young pieces around him the loudest stadium, a weak division so a peyton lead Chiefs would have to be the front runners for the AFC west crown...and a sterling def that is only getting better and cap room to pay if peyton can only makes sense.   Now is Pioli willing to make the deal?  Probably not and it will cost him hs job when the Chiefs under perform because Pioli and his Marmaduke Grease Ball ego don't actually allow him to make the team any better.  That or that cheese puffed shit stuffed owner we got in Clark who makes his dad roll over in his grave wor how bad a job he's done with the Chiefs...what a Disgrace

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:49 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

He'll be injured by midseason.  The point of getting rid of Hasselbeck was the offensive line was too weak to protect him and they needed someone who was mobile.  At least they're beginning to admit TaINT Jackson is an abortion.

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