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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: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:43 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I could see Seattle makin a play.  They have an owner who will spend and a coach/GM who thinks a lot of himself.  The problem is really for Manning.  Carroll tends to be a joker as a coach.  Hard to take him seriously as an NFL coach.  The Seahawks did play hard down the stretch last year and their defense showed signs.  Nonetheless, I doubt Manning would want to go cross country to play for Carroll without some assurance he would have some control over the offense scheme they played. I still think Miami is the best bet even though they have a nut job as an owner and a rookie coach.  Nonetheless, Philbin comes from a good background in GB and might be able to allow Manning to maximize his skills. Also if Reggie Wayne came along Manning would be throwing to Marshall and Wayne with Bush coming out of the backfield.  Who knows, it could work.  Even though Manning talks like he wants to stay in Indy there really is no reason any longer.  All of the coaches to whom he was loyal are gone as will be most of the players.  He doesn't owe Irsay anything and its clear Irsay will want him to void his contract to stay.  Manning has taken less than market value his entire career from Indy and now Irsay wants to do it to him again.  I think Manning walks after Irsay lets him go rather than resigning.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:24 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

First off, Irsay will not be making that $28mil payment to Manning and secondly, no way in hell Manning ends up in Seattle even though he diffenently will not be playing for the Colts. Should be fun to watch how this plays out.  

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:20 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Let's be honest here, Irsay ain't gonna be making that $28mil payment to Manning. Manning will not play another down in Indy. The Colts are not going to win anything with there current roster so it's time to start over with Luck at QB.   

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:18 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Wow! I would love for this scenario to happen, but really doubt that it would. Hey, we can dream, can't we?

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 6:12 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Look Manning is not bound for the Seattle Seahawks. Yes, I believe he will play at least for a while. He is too hot a commodity and there are teams willing to pay just in case he is successful in his return. There are several teams in need of a good QB.  It will be interesting to say the least.  But Seattle?  Oh hell no!  Miami would be interesting but we will all see soon enough!  Dcop says too soon to say....This sports writer (Wilson) has to be bored!!  LOL

Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:57 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Ballparq  , you mean the Miami Defense that Tom Brady torched twice this year , one game  for over  500 yards  is that the awesome  Miami defense you are talking about    haha

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:42 pm

Manning to Miami

No way Manning goes to Seattle. They have no chance of winning a Super Bowl immediately. My money is on two scenarios. First the Colts cut him and renegotiate a new contract that allows them to bring back Reggie Wayner as well or else Manning goes to Miami with Reggie and Miami is in the playoffs this season. Imagine, Manning, Marshall, Wayne and Bush with that new Miami defense!!!!

Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:28 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Lol. His first sentence looked as if Borat was writing. Im pretty sure this is how this whole thing will play out. Manning isnt going nowhere unless he retires. Irsay is a saavy business man that knows he cannot let his main horse go ( Luck could suck, and Manning could go somewhere and kill it). Irsay will cut Manning voiding his huge contract. (This is what i would do), Manning retires and gets hired onto the Colts coaching staff as Qb coach. After a year of learning Luck, Manning comes back out of retirement and plays his last few years as a Colt while at least 90 % healthy. That theory would be even greater if Luck turns into a Leaf. And with the extra cash from Peytons check, the Colts could invest or reinvest in other areas that are weak.  Would any qb want to be in Indy if Garcon and Wayne leave? I dont think so.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:02 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I would rather see him in a Cardinal uniform throwing to Larry Fitz.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Not so sure this is a good idea  ( Seattle ).

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