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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 7, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:20 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

says the Falcons fan...lolz

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:16 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

As a Redskins fan I would LOVE to have Peyton on our team but I don't think we have the line to protect him. It would be such a waste of our time and Peyton's time if he ever came to DC. Besides, when the hell are we going to actually rebuild this team? AND I REALLY hope we don't get RG3 ... I say set the dinner table and wait for the centerpiece last. 

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 3:07 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Colts - Luck, Seahawks - Manning, Redskins - RG3, Dolphins - Flynn, Browns and Titans stick with what they have...mark this down!

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:58 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

MODERATOR...take this post from "tallninagreg" off this forum Please.

Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:49 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

First I've heard of the Seahawks wanting Manning - the consensus I'd been hearing is Miami or the NY Jets.

Since: Feb 19, 2012
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:49 pm
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Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:49 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Wayne still has gas in the tank and will be a good pick up for somebody. Calvin Johnson would have sucked this year if he had Painter throwing him the ball. Ocho Stinko sucks and shouldnt even be in the same sentence as Wayne. He couldnt even make it with Brady throwing it to him.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:43 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Like it or not, He will end up in with the Redskins or Dolphins, I say the Fins because they have a few different weapons and they will sign Reggie Wayne as soon as Peyton is on the team. Im a Jet fan so I hate to say it but the Dolphins are going to snatch him up.
Maybe the Jets can get Matt Morre to Push our Poor Excuse of a QB in Sanchez!

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:31 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

Can't imagine why he'd choose Seattle over AZ if both made similar offers? In AZ, he has Larry Fitzgerald and there is room for Reggie Wayne. All 8 home games are in ideal weather conditions. They have arguably a better team than Seattle and showed what they could do the second half of last season when it all came together...they were missing one huge thing...the right QB. AZ also hired Frank Reich as QB coach, who Manning has worked with in Indy and liked. Seems a no-brainer. Seahawks advantage is they don't have a Kevin Kolb contract complicating matters.

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 2:26 pm

Are Seahawks front runners for Peyton Manning?

I totally beleive this, the Seahawks have always wasted their money on atheletes that can't play. Tavarius Jackson, Deon Branch, Brian Bosworth, just to name a few that jump into my head. So why not waste some more money on another player that probably will never play another game. I guess this is why some teams are never too far from a Superbowl and others never make it.

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