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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?

CBSSports.com'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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Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

My man you should not even be allowed to comment ever again.  Travis a.k.a. Tarvaris is not even close to a proven winner.  I really think thi scomment is just a setup to make sure we are all paying attention.  "Travis Jackson is a very good the only problem", a very good what??  Or did you mean is very good with no "a"? Either way he is not very good.  I think you need a decimal point after the 1 in the score he was given, it should read 1.05.  Thank you, have a nice day 



Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I think you could see a situation where the Colts offically cut Peyton, then work out a deal to bring him back.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

The guy who wrote "Travis" Jackson got 105 "points?"  This CBS Sports website "Point" system is absurd.  I guess you get points for stupidity- which is the modus operandi of this site.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Are Seasicks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Tarvaris Jackson a "proven winner"??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH...Stop Seasick fan that`s even funnier than cryin how you shoulda won that SB over the Steelers, or Matt Hasselbeck`s career. Peyton manning isn`t choosing you, keep smokin the pipe.  Tarvaris Jackson power sucks...



Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:53 pm
 

Who in the heck is Travis Jackson?????

Not sure where you're comin from. Tarvaris Jackson--OBTW--is far from a "proven winner".



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:52 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I always suspected that the frontrunner and best situation was laying in the weeds and waiting for the right time to strike.  The Seahawks have a lot of the ingredients to be attractive to Peyton, they would be able and willing to include Wayne in the deal, they have a decent enough running game and young receivers to complement, and a quality head coach who could deflect a lot of offensive control to Peyton and focus on getting the defense to championship form.  Also, they play in a division that tends to allow a 9 or 10 win team win every year so the playoffs are something he could almost count on.  This could be the slam dunk every one"s looking for.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:45 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Travis Jackson is a very good the only problem is he need management, the coaches and the team to stand with him. He is a proven winner. He can only get better with a vote of confidence. I agree that you need to have a very capable backup but stay with Travis as the starter. Also lets go back to the old school way and let the starter play himself out of the starting job.





Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Okay opive_1, Brian Bosworth? That's a stretch.  maybe you simply forgot the Seahawks were just in a Superbowl a couple of years ago.




Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I hope manning realizes that he's going to have to take a pay cut whichever team he ends up with...it's hard to see peyton in seattle becuase that's all the way on the west coast and he has no real connections there...



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:36 pm
 

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

If Manning can play he will be in Indianapolis why cant these stupid "experts" get it?  The Colts hired a DEFENSIVE minded head coach and HAVE NOT hired an offensive coordinator.  That right there says the Colts want Peyton Manning to be their QB even if there is a chance for him to play.  Sure they dont want to pay him $28 million guaranteed if he doesnt play so they want to reword the contract and rightfully so.  But dont think for one second the Colts will just cut Manning and get nothing for him.  Thats just stupidity.


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