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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: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:08 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday


Wow - does anyone really think a competitor like Manning is scared of facing Brady twice a year?  If anything I'm sure he would love to join a team and beat Brady and Belichek twice a year.  Not sure how they do it under the cap, but Miami with Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, and Reggie Bush would be a very attractive option for Manning.  Use their first round pick on a RT to protect him and really really hope that he is healthy enough to play...Plan B he goes Southpw - even left handed he would still be the best QB Miami has had since 13 retired!



Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Honestly CBS Sports - Flies to South Florida.  Why not use a headline like Manning Hugs Isray - Holds a Bit Too Long.  What passes for journalism these days.  Hey, I took a crap today and almost was good enough to be added to the CBS team but I didn't pinch it off in time.



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Whoever signs Manning better be giving him a minimum base salary and a truckload of incentives. Only the Redskins would be stupid enough to give him a truckload of gauranteed money.


rtsfantasy
Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:39 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:38 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

I've been to Miami and don't understand why it gets so much love professionally or from a pleasure standpoint. Yes, S Beach is nice, but most of the place is like being in a Section 8 project. It's so overhyped and overloved. I wouldn't go there to live or to die, or to play football. I can't see Miami being Peyton's Place. 


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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:35 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:33 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:21 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

 To me I count out SEA, and ARI mainly because SF is the team in that divison now that is a monster to be messed with. 
One season of not sucking and you're gonna call San Francisco a monster? Seattle and Arizona are a quarterback away from sending the Niners back to the cellar. A monster would be the Patriots or the Packers, you don't get "monster" status from one year pal........mark my words, Manning will look to play in a dome in a division where he can have the least resistance to the Super Bowl and Miami is not in that catagory. The Niners are good but look at their division last year, John Skelton was Arizonas QB and Seattle didn't have a QB did they? Miami and Arizona are the only places that makes any sense.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Why Miami is a "no"

No D, no O-linemen, no RB's, no WR's, no TE's. No chance.



Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:14 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The AFC East, AKA the Tom Brady Division, is probably not the place Manning wants to go.


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