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Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:54 pm
Washington will get "aggressive" in chasing Manning. ( Illustration)
By Will Brinson

Peyton Manning will officially be a free agent, likely in a few hours, after his release from the Colts on Wednesday. We polled all the experts on where Peyton will land but there wasn't much interest in the Redskins.

That won't stop Washington from making a run at Manning, though: Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports that the 'Skins will "aggressively" pursue Manning in free agency.

Maske cites sources that say the team is "comfortable with the risks associated with signing Manning," and the "team will pursue him intently."

This isn't shocking at all, really. Clark Judge recently pointed out that Washington has two choices: land Manning or go after Robert Griffin III in the draft. And we all know that Dan Snyder likes to spend money and that Mike Shanahan is infatuated with Manning. (Who isn't?)

But will Manning actually entertain the idea of playing in Washington? Maske also cites a source who says that "he wasn't certain if Manning would consider an offer by the Redskins seriously" because Washington lacks a good offensive line, doesn't have any receivers, is coming off a five-win season and has to play against Eli Manning and the Giants twice a year.

For those who don't think the Eli factor matters: it does. Manning joining the Redskins would create a direct roadblock to the playoffs for his brother. (Or, perhaps more likely, for Peyton.) I don't think it'll keep Peyton from joining any team in the NFC, as Marshall Faulk posited on the NFL Network Wednesday, but it could quite likely keep him from going to the NFC East.

That's not to say Washington is completely eliminated; they're not. But they face more of an uphill battle than most will think in the fight to land Manning.

Don't worry though Redskins fans. According to Maske, Washington's idea is to follow along with Clark's aforementioned plan of attack and target RG3 if they miss out on Manning. Interestingly, Maske also reports that the Redskins signing Manning "would not preclude the addition of a young quarterback" like Griffin or Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M.

As we noted in our NFC East preview, it ultimately comes down to the quarterback position for Washington in 2012. This isn't breaking news. But it's also why it's not surprising to see Washington crank things up in their pursuit of the biggest free agent in NFL history.

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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:25 am
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Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:48 am

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

I have to disagree with whoaitstu. The Dolphins are actually not that bad if you look at their roster man-for-man. They just need a QB. They started 0-7 last year but rebounded nicely with the serviceable Matt Moore. As far as getting reinforcements for him in Miami, I'm sure 1 or 2 former Colts come with him. Maybe even Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, and/or Dallas Clark. They already have Brandon Marshall. Peyton would also make a weapon out of Brian Hartline. Everything else they can get in the draft.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:19 am

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

And you think Miami is anywhere close to a ring? Miami may not be as dysfunctional, but they are no where near even contending for the playoffs. They are also in the AFC EAST which is probably the one of the top two divisions in the NFL if not the best. Miami may have more talent on the offense, but the Redskins have 45-48 million in cap spacewhich is almost triple what the Dolphins have. So getting the talent to come here is really no probem for the Redskins. Im not saying they will spend wrecklessly, but just saying they have the assets and space to get the players that Manning would want to turn themselves into possible contenders. 

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:16 am

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

If you get Manning, you likely get Jeff Saturday, moving Will Montgomery to guard (he played center because of lack of depth, but is normally a guard). Without needing RGIII, you can draft OL in the first round or trade down for more picks and beef up the OL. Wayne will likely come as well, and maybe Garcon, which along with Santana Moss, Fred Davis and Chris Cooley gives you 4 or 5 very solid targets. Gaffney was decent this past year (especially considering who was throwing to him), and there are a couple of younger guys who could start making an impact with a decent QB.

The great thing about landing Manning would be the ability to do more building through the draft by not having to trade for that #2 pick. With $40 million in cap room, the Redskins could fill a lot of those holes this offseason.

All of that being said, Arizona does seem like it would be a better fit for Manning, so if the Redskins get him it will be because they were willing to offer more, not that Manning wants to play there more.

Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 7:08 am

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

It probably not a lot about money. But I have see another side to it. It could be about the money because basically, he just lost $28 million in garunteed money because of his release. Athletes also have to think about their families as well. In my opinion, he still wont make as much as the extension he signed last year with the Colts, but the Redskins are known for overspending. To overpay for the best free agent in the history of the NFL, and with an owner like Dan Snyder, its worth the risk. The Redskins have a very decent offensive line but not a lot of depth. They have two pro bowl caliber tight ends, a solid core of young runningbacks, a playoff caliber top 10 defense. Oh, and they also have ample cap room to go after the Vincent Jacksons and Colstons, and obviously Reggie Wayne would come with the package. So who knows what could happen? 

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:06 am

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

Overlooked in this commentary is that the Skins went 2-0 againt the Giants last year.  Their starting O-line is actually quite good - the problem which became glaringly evident last year is that they have no depth at either the Tackle or Guard position.  A couple good pickups and the addition of Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne to Santana Moss w/ 2 pro-bowl caliber tight ends and a solid defense makes a really good team.

BUT I think they need to go after RGIII - time to plan for a new legacy not a quick run...

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:35 pm

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

if manning is willing to make ihe contract performance laden. then sell him your team and give him some big bucks.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:51 pm

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

OK Danny this is the last straw! Quit chasing cars. Manning is going to the AFC. It is not about money for this guy. Go get RG3! 2 1sts and 2 3rds should do it.

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:31 pm

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

Manning's standards are too high to come anywhere near this dysfunctional organization. 

He's playing for another ring, he won't come near it in DC.

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:14 pm

Report: Skins to make 'aggressive' run at Peyton

I agree with you about the B team comment. Your comment about the Snyders religion is way out of line. You could have made the same point without making an anti-semitic comment. When you make a statement like that you lose all credibility. Think about what you write before you post it. 

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