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Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:11 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2012 4:41 pm
Manning and Wayne could end up playing together again. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

It's presumed that by March 13, when NFL free agency opens, that Peyton Manning will no longer be a member of the Colts. Reggie Wayne, our ninth-ranked free-agent wideout, will be available. We've previously floated the idea that Wayne and Manning could team up again in a new location.

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And according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, that's an idea that interests several teams potentially in the market for the legendary quarterback.

King cites an NFL source who says that Manning "would love to see it happen," and reports that "at least two potential suitor teams would seriously consider" making a run at Wayne in order to "lure" Manning if/when he becomes a free agent.

The potential suitors are exactly who'd you expect (in order that King lists them): the Dolphins, Jets, Seahawks, Redskins, Cardinals and Chiefs. (The Chiefs, by the by, are coming on strong as a darkhorse candidate to upgrade at the quarterback position.)

Miami makes a lot of sense, as they have a good offensive line, decent running game, and adding Wayne and Manning to Brandon Marshall and Davonne Bess would make for offensive fireworks in South Beach, something owner Stephen Ross has said he wants.

The Jets appear to be a longer shot, but they've been down the veteran-quarterback road before, as the first post-Packers team to land Brett Favre. King believes they'd even be willing to cut Santonio Holmes and take his cap hit, if it meant landing Wayne to secure Manning.

The Seahawks and Cardinals are in a reactionary mode against the 49ers after a successful year, and Rod Graves and Ken Whisenhunt wouldn't rule out the possibility of going after Manning when speaking at the combine. Wayne would quickly be the best receiver in Seattle, while in Arizona he'd probably post monster numbers while teams focused on Larry Fitzgerald.

Washington makes sense as a destination for Manning because of Dan Snyder's penchant for acquiring big-name talent. And the Redskins could use a top-end wide receiver as well. But Mike Shanahan's system is terrible for Manning, and he'd have to be willing to change it to suit a less-mobile quarterback. Additionally, if Washington can procure Robert Griffin III, even if it costs a reported four draft picks, they might actually have more success right away.

And then there's KC, who might have to deal with tampering charges before they can even consider Manning as a potential free-agent acquisition. KC's got the hardest row to hoe in terms of landing Manning or RG3, but there are some nice pieces in place there and, as Romeo Crennel (unwisely) said, they'd be "crazy not to consider" at least trying to get him.

Of course, all of this speculation is null and void if Manning can't prove to teams that he's healthy by the time he starts to work out with free-agent suitors. But if he shows that he can play, anyone who wants to acquire him would be wise to first obtain Manning's favorite target of the past decade.

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 2:31 pm

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

KC as a SB contender is a R I D I C U L O U S statement.  They are in a garbage filled division, but they are the worst of the four!!  All those "great" pieces you point out got them where exactly?  It's also crazy to think you could keep all those elements (and salaries) AND bring in Manning/Wayne.  KC isn't "poised for a SB"... heck the only thing they're poised to do is get flushed in the toilet bowl.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:42 pm

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

I'm sure Miami will go after MAnning as well as DC as well as SEattle but face it why on earth would Manning choose those teams KC has the best pieces for Manning to come in and be a division, conference, and SB winner again...AFC west is the softest conference..seelast years playoffs KC has the offensive options ad wayne to it and who do you cover in a wide out set of Bowe, Breaston, Baldwin, Wayne and Moeakie that's a REceiver and Tight End corp that simply there aren't enough to cover not with Manning's judegement and arm...then there is Jamal Charles all those pass weapons, and the Best RB in the NFL to Give peaytona break every now and then and you'd be crazy not to give the Chiefs the nudge not to mention a Defense that is basically built and ready Johnson, Hali, Houston, Carr (he'll resign don't worry) Flowers and Berry once the Chiefs get Manning in as QB what if they do something crazy and move up to the second spot in the Draft to get Kalil not RG3?  Its a possibility with Payton even for only three more years why not go after the best Tackle in the draft...and boom we have a line to protect Manning...even if we don't get the 2nd pick or Kalil getting Martin, or Reiff would both be acceptable for RT spot and that's an upgraded line the Chiefs would have all the pieces to go deep into the playoffs with Manning and Manning knows that.  As for "tampering" read the quote you ask any ANY ANY of the 20 or so head coaches in the nfl that need a quarterback and they'd say the same thing that they'd be crazy not to be interested in a healthy Manning since when is stating the obvious in a general way considered Tampering...he didn't say for example "yes we're talking with him or yest we're discussing money with him, or yes he's buying property in the greater KC Metro  area"  or anything like that...that would be tampering but to say "you're interested in him" that's not Tampering...that's simply a "No Duh" Statement...get overself NFL. 

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:25 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

I'm a Dolphin Fan and I reaaly Hope Miami dose not go after Manning. I like Moore and I'm sticking to my GUNS..!!

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:15 pm

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Did they win a superbowl, Troll?  Did I hurt your feelings?  

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:00 pm

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

They shouldn't feel too bad though.  Green Bay couldn't win with them either.
Lol! are a, GB didn't win with them...they only won a SUPERBOWL with them.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:56 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Football wise best place: Miami

Moneywise best place: Washington 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:29 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Agree that AZ is an interesting option.  A few years back Manning couldnt stop gushing about getting to throw to Fitz at a Pro Bowl.  I think he could convince Wayne to tag along and they would put up seriously redonkulous numbers.  As I said in another post though, Miami has the stronger appeal I think.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:25 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

The Chefs are so far under the cap because that's what they do.  They are the Oakland A's of football.  Their franchise doesn't generate nearly as much revenue as most teams, and the owner has been reluctant to spend money.  What most folks don't consider when reading about big market teams that are constantly butting up against the cap is that they aren't feeling "bottom line" pressure from personnel moves, while smaller market teams do.  If you're flush with stadium and merchandise revenues, the cap becomes your driving limitation.  Teams like KC can't support unlimited personnel expenditures (NFL TV revenues or not).  Now I will say that a Manning-Wayne combo deal moving to KC could seriously bolster their revenues, as they have a great following, could really sell some merch, and a playoff run or three would catipult KC into national coverage (ala Dallas and Oakland and GB).
Of the options listed, I think Manning-Wayne should go to Miami.  The lifestyle there is great (Wayne is a Miami alum too), Manning would likely want to stick it to Belicheat/Brady a few more times before retiring, and it's a big market. That town is making serious noise in the NBA and MLB, so this would be just one more move toward bolstering Miami's bid to be a "sports town" ala Chicago, New York and Boston.

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:11 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Having the Manning/Wayne combo would be great for Miami, but only as a stopgap for the next 2-3 years...that is until they can find somebody else to fill their future QB needs. There are some good ones coming out in the next year or 2 that can learn alot from holding a clipboard and picking Manning's brain. We have a solid team minus a couple of pieces and could become an instant contender very easily. Manning also has some ties o Miami. I also feel Manning would like the idea of going head to head with Brady and Rex at least twice a year. Beating Brady and competing for a Super Bowl could make most people forget this past year and get him back in the spotlight. He would also stick it to Ryan on his way out. Everybody loves to retire in Florida and going out in stlye is something he deserves.

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:21 am

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

As a Pats fan I would love to see him go to Miami.  I originally thought he might try the Jets, as they seem a QB away from being a real contender, but I can't see a class-act like Manning coexisting with a D-bag like Rex Ryan.  Miami has been searching for a QB since Marino retired, and they're a QB and a piece or two shy of competing themselves.  Wayne across from Marshall would be a damned good start.  Then Brady and Manning can end their careers duking it out as division rivals instead of Conference rivals.

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