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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
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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: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

I'm going a different direction with this:

1) Tennessee would be a natural choice for Manning to come full circle for his career.  The stands would be packed for every game, and the Colts would be sorry.

2) Tampa Bay needs a leader like Manning, and he can face New Orleans twice a year.  Manning vs. Brees twice a year?  The stories would write themselves.

3) Miami can take off with a big arm like Manning, and here we get Manning vs. Brady twice a year.  It's a return to the long ball, flying Dolphins of old.

4) Why would the Redskins want Manning when they have Rex?  Manning play for Shanahan?  I don't think so. 


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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 1:23 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

If i had to rank the 'best fits' not the 'most likely' it would be:


1/ Houston - would be controversial with Schaub on the mend but Peyton with Arian and Andre Johnson, partnered with that Wade Phillps defence. Start designing the rings;

2/ Cardinals - Larry Fitzgerald's dream come true, Warner ran a similar offence when he was there;

3/ Miami - Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, his condo;

4/ 49ers - won't happen though because harbaugh is married to alex smith. Reggie Wayne would have to go with him as there are no WR's;

5/ Seahawks - Borderline as Pete Carroll is a control freak like Harbaugh.    &n
bsp; 

That being said, Miami is the most likely as they are AFC and do not have a currrent valid starter in place.  



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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:28 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

No argument, just a debate.  But I still would love to hear your definition of an ELIte QB.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:32 am
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

i would think carolina or detroit would have a hard time benching their youthful stud qb's for a 35 year old with mannings football smarts, elways arm, and montanas ability to perform in the clutch. to say any different is just plain stupid.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:10 am
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

I can't belive you want to argue with me because i said "Maybe" The Giants.  I take it back. No Giants! No Giants!



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:45 am
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

So your saying its by how many Super Bowl Rings you have and being able to throw under pressure? My definition of an Elite QB goes much farther than the few things you mentioned. If you could get a better QB than who you have, would you do it?  I would in a heartbeat!



Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:35 am
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

My definition of Elite QB would include:

- Winning the big games (2 Superbowls as MVP);

- Making unbelievable throws in the most pressure filled situations (e.g. to Manningham in 4th quarter of this years Superbowl, the 'head catch' play in their first superbowl win)

- Standing in the pocket, taking monster hit after hit, completing the passes, wiping the mud off and doing it again without complaining (e.g every play in the NFC Championship this year);

- doing all of the above with no matter who the receivers are (Plaxico who?);

Besides you can't argue that you can't spell elite without ELI!      
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What would your definition be?  
 
I realize Peyton is the Man but you can't even throw a 'maybe' on the guy that just won his second Superbowl.  Throw a maybe on Houston or Dallas who have a great regular season QB's but have yet to win a big game.     
 

  



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:56 am
 

Manning flies to South Florida after exit in Indy

Gaiters   You would rather have Eli over a healthy brother? Some people might argue with you. Besides, I only said MAYBE!  Whats your definition of an Elite QB? 


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