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Cardinals won't shut the door on Peyton Manning

Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:03 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 2:08 pm
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By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Cardinals, despite having Kevin Kolb and John Skelton on their roster, are considered a candidate to land Peyton Manning if/when he's released by the Colts. CBS Sports Charley Casserly first talked about this way back in January, and with Arizona's freedom to get out of Kolb's contract before March 17, speculation has only increased.

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Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves, speaking Thursday at the NFL combine, did nothing to quell that speculation, leaving the door wide open for the possibility of making a change at quarterback.

"We're about opportunities to get better," Graves said when asked about the Cardinals depth at quarterback. "Everyone out there associated with our team understands that this is a competitive game and we're all looking to get better. So if those opportunities present themselves, so be it. Otherwise we've got an outstanding group of quarterbacks right now.

"We believe we can win with those quarterbacks and we're preparing as if they're going to be the group we're working with and we'll see what other opportunities present themselves if that happens."

So what about the bonus due to Kolb on March 17? Have the Cardinals talked about whether or not they're going to exercise it?

"No, we haven't had any discussions about that," Whisenhunt, not looking entirely pleased to be asked about it, said.

Graves was less direct about the discussions surrounding the Kolb decision, but also made it pretty clear (without being too precise) that the Cardinals will explore options if and when they become available.

"Every day you have to work with the information you have at hand," Graves said. "Right now as I look at it, we fully expect that Kevin's going to be with us so we'll honor the contract as it is, obviously. But we'll see what every day brings forward and we'll make that decision accordingly. Right now, as it stands today, we're not anticipating anything different."

Based on what Whisenhunt and Graves said, it's unfair to simply state that the Cardinals will ditch Kolb and chase Manning. But it's also pretty clear that such a process is something they haven't ruled out as of right now.

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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:17 pm

Cardinals won't shut the door on Peyton Manning

I really think the only solid options for him are the Cardinals or Dolphins. Good weather, good go-to receivers and the building blocks to win. He would be nuts to go to the Redskins or a team like that.

Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 3:14 pm

Cardinals won't shut the door on Peyton Manning

I agree with you RS...the Cardinals would be a good team for Manning to go to.  They do have one of the best receivers in the business in Fitzgerald.  But I also think many other teams will pursue him if he is healthy or a few months away from being productive. 
The Seahawks are in dire need of a QB and they have some really good young talent to play with.  I still don't like the TJAX philosophy when it comes to playing QB.  He will never be the leader that can lead a team to the playoffs.  The Seahawks need a take charge guy and winning will then come.  TJAX showed flashes of it at times last year, but was never consistant. 

If a healthy Peyton comes to Seattle...I hope he brings his friend Reggie Wayne.  They would make a great combination in front of the 12th man.  

In all honestly, I want to see Peyton play again and prove the doubters wrong.  I wish him a full recovery and hopes he brings success to any team he goes to.   

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:44 pm

Cardinals won't shut the door on Peyton Manning

The truly sad thing here is all the speculation surrounding Mannings recovery...we're all in the dark. Can the guy throw to his left or is his arm worse than my Grandma's? Until that is cleared up, the speculation is rather pointless. If the guy can't reasonably throw, no team will want him for anything more than a coach, if even then. Not the Cardinals, not the Dolphins, not the Seahawks...not even the Jets need Peyton on the sidelines.

Why all the cloak and dagger over his recovery?

Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:17 pm

Cardinals won't shut the door on Peyton Manning

If Manning can play, then Arizona would be brilliant to acquire him. They won eight games last year with utter mediocrity at the position. With a fully effective Peyton Manning, they'd be a playoff team, perhaps even an NFC contender.

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