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Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:03 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 8:19 am
Don't worry, potential suitors, he has a condo in Florida. (CBS Miami's Facebook page)

By Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy day for Peyton Manning, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts. He and Colts owner Jim Irsay held a joint press conference at noon Wednesday to announce that, after 14 years, the team and its longtime franchise quarterback were parting ways. It was an emotional scene.

But time, as they say, waits for no man. So while Indianapolis continues to remake a franchise that was wildly successful during the Manning era, the franchise's former quarterback contemplates his future. (Even though he said during the press conference that “I haven’t thought about where I’ll play," we're guessing he has.) Which might explain this bit of news: according to CBS Miami, Manning arrived in South Florida via private jet Wednesday afternoon.

"FYI, Peyton Manning is on the ground, he landed at Opa-Locka Airport and just got off his plane just before 4:30 p.m.," CBS Miami posted on its Facebook page. "Not likely to sign today, he owns a condo down here."

The Cardinals organization is collectively having heart palpitations at the news, even if Manning signing with the Dolphins isn't imminent. If nothing else, it gives Manning negotiating leverage when the Cards, Fins, Redskins, Seahawks and other potential suitors queue up to bid for his services (and we still don't know if and when he'll be back to his pre-multiple-neck-surgeries form).

CBS 4 caught up with Manning in a parking lot where he had stopped to speak to reporters. "It was tough for me," he said of leaving the Colts and becoming a free agent. "It was really hard, but now I realize that process has to start. I haven't thought about teams ... It's all new to me."

Inevitably, Manning was asked about his interest in the Dolphins (he's in South Florida, after all).

"The Miami Dolphins have a great organization there," he said before reiterating that he has no idea which teams are interested in him or how this process works. "I truly missed just playing quarterback this year. ... I realize I'm not gonna play forever, and I think I'm gonna know the time to stop playing."

Yes, Wednesday was the end of an era in Indy, but we shouldn't feel sorry for Peyton just yet.

Peyton Manning's run as quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts ended Wednesday, when owner Jim Irsay announced the team would release its best player. Manning said his emotional goodbye to the team, the fans and the city of Indianapolis.

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Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:04 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Hey CBS, now that he has flown down to nicer weather and to be at his condo, please let us all know just as soon as he farts.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:57 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Jets sign Manning and then send the dirty one to the fins, freight delivered and no trade required. The Fins then request a RMA

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:54 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

@Johnny, let me guess you feel he'll be a better fit with the retarded jests right?  I mean who wouldn't want to join that circus?  I premadonna in Holmes, a loudmouth coach, oh yeah and he'd replace a cry baby in booger wiping Sanchez. 

Sorry, Miami and the Cards seem to be the best fit even though I believe Miami is better out of the 2 of them. 

Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:51 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The Dolphins are awful and adding Manning and Wayne won't help.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:50 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Assuming he's back to healthy, Miami would be a good fit, exceopt it is not likely about the fit.  Given the questions about his health, there could be a wide range of offers and Miami might only offer incentive stuff where Washington might offer a big guarantee.  There might be enough disparity in the offersw that it makes his mind up for him.Someone like Cleveland might have the best cap space to make such an offer.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:47 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Wow!! Manning flies to south Florida. Hmmmm? He owns a house there. Maybe he is just going home? Let me know if he shows up at the Dolphin's facilities, or Jet's, Card's ect. That would be news.

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:45 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

He'd look great in Green and White.  Bring him to the Jets!  One can only dream.

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:41 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

I agree... Peyton in Miami means for this superstitious guy, palying in the city where he won his Super Bowl. It means for this competitive SOB to play against both Rex Ryan and Bill Bellichick twice a year. It also means passing the ball to Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, and possibly Reggie Wayne and/or Vincent Jackson? 

For the Colts... I think they will be alright with Andrew Luck or even Rober Griffin III (if they choose to go his direction). I think Jim Irsay wants to avoid the pain of rebuilding. To have kept Manning, they would have been delaying the need to suck a few extra years in order to build a team who isn't a single man team as the Colts were from 2003 - 2012.

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:24 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Well lets see. I called Miami way before the media even picked up this story. It is a NO BRAINER. They already have Marshall and Bush. They also have the best left tackle in football and a top 5 defense. Now bear in mind this was a top 5 defense with no offensive support. How good could they be if they were not on the field all game long? Add a Reggie Wayne or a Vincent Jackson and you have a contender. I cant wait to see if they take him because I would love nothing more than watching belichick and brady be relegated to the cheap seats for the next few years. One Manning or another does not matter. I LOVE watching those tards lose.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:20 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

i agree he's probably on vacation. 

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