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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
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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: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:49 am
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

WOW!  Any team that lands them BOTH=bestmode!!!!!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:12 am
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Manning and Wayne WILL be in Miami next year!



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:00 am
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Please go to AZ.  Manning to Fitz would be a beautiful thing.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:05 am
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

Is this a joke, you must be a fan of Miami Dolphins and dont want him to go to KC.  They have the best situation for Manning and the most money to offer him.  I dont think Wayne is a very good addition but would not hurt to add depth.  The Chiefs are a great Qb and a couple of free agents in key postions away from being a SUPER BOWL CONTENDER.  With out Manning they are nothing, with Manning they are contenders, so I totally see this happening, just like back in the day when we signed Montana and Allen.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

First of all, all those teams are horrible. They couldn't win 8 games with Aaron Roger, Greg Jennings and Clay Mathews. 

They shouldn't feel too bad though.  Green Bay couldn't win with them either.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

First of all, all those teams are horrible. They couldn't win 8 games with Aaron Roger, Greg Jennings and Clay Mathews. Peyton is old and washed up, Him and wayne would be lucky to win 4 games.



Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

i see peyton manning turning into brett favre, and we will all quickly tire of this story. he's 36, and damaged goods. reggie wayne is also in the twilight of his career. if this was 2007, it would be a big deal. if i were their agent, i would recommend that they take what the colts offer and ride into the sunset & hall of fame together. no way they measure up to their career averages in 2012. manning can't even pass a physical today, thats why he's hiding out at duke university. only dan snyder would be dumb enought to offer them a big time package.



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

The Chiefs are 63mil under the cap, they can afford and do whatever they so desire including out bidding anyone for Manning.  That's a hush hush organiization the fact that Pioli and Crennel stated interest in Manning that in itself says KC is gonna make a strong run at him.  Bowe, Wayne, Breaston, Moaki, Charles, McCluster, Baldwin are you kidding me?  That's an elite elite offense. 



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

If he's healthy, the thought of Manning and Wayne at Arizona with Fitzgerald would be downright scary to any defense.  Fitz is a BEAST. Wayne, while getting old, would not command the attention he gets now with Fitz in the lineup.  These guys would put up lottery number scores if they ever went to the desert.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Report: Teams like idea of Manning, Wayne package

The Chiefs cannot afford Manning (or afford the risk of signing a wounded warrior) and do not need Wayne at this point in his career. 


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