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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 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:35 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

umm, so you're implying that the fact that he would have a ten minute drive with his 4 by 4 after a game, will have no weight in his decision whatsoever?

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:30 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The guys flies home to his condo in South Florida and all of the sudden everyone has the man wearing a Miami Dolphins uniform, give me a break people! The guy just had an emotional day and wanted to get out of Indianapolis as fast as possible after the press conference was over, can you blame him?

Now people will be monitoring his every move and TMZ and ESPN will be running breaking reports any time he leaves his house. He more than likely already knows or is 90% sure of where he's going to play. He's human like we all are and don't you think the thought of his next team has been on his mind for awhile? I know I'd have been thinking about it, wouldn't you? He knows, but let's give him some space to catch his breath. 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:25 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Miami doesn't have the tools Marshall isn't enough...there are other teams that have two or three times the receiver core the dolphins do and don't need to put Reggie Wayne in that mix.  Dolphins don't have the cap space for Manning, Manning will need big bucks...he has a condo there so...did that stop him 14 years in Indy.  Play in the same division as Brady and play him twice a year again no who has the offensive weapons that Peyton needs and a bonus to bring Reggie Wayne...the Chiefs, who has the money to pay for peyton...the Chiefs...and who has the easiest division to play for getting to the post Season...AFC WEST...the Chiefs...ok phins phans who's better Marshall or Bowe? we have a returning Moeaki, we have a possession Receiver in Breaston, and A ball magnet like Baldwin now if we add a Reggie Wayne to that mix you can't cover all those Phins phans who'd you rather have Bush or Charles?  Charles duh...he's returning to form for next season and why would the phins phans want to claim Kardashian sloppy seconds...Kim knew he was a looser phins should  as well and when Payton doesn't want to throw the ball.  Now speaking of Cash Chiefs have 38 mill to throw his way...cha ching.   Now why's he in South Florida? Shopping of course...seeing what deal he can I figure he's going to visit all the top 5-10 teams listen to their best offers and decide on the Chiefs...lets look at another factor Condin his agent has dealt with The Chiefs and has great respect for the Chiefs and Hunt Family so we're already in the door with his agent...all signs point to KC for Manning...of course that means drafting a RT instead of a beast once in generation NT Vince Wolfork type Player in Dontari Poe...but who's needs Poe when we're playing in the SB in 2012

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:22 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

but no offensive tackles to protect him and little cap space to pay him, playing new england and jets are yawners, they can be beaten

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:20 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Please save us from ourselves, Miami. Keep Manning away from the desert!

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

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

seriously the niners a qb away    they have 1 good year and their ready for the superbowl   lmfao   remember the dolphins went from 1-15 to 11-5 and the playoffs in 1 year and havent been back since so dont go counting harbaughs chickens just yet everybody can luck into a good year   especially in the nfc west 

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:15 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

What a non-story.  The guy lives in South Florida.  Flying there doesn't mean he's joining the Dolphins.  It means he's going home.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:13 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

it is trendy to throw Indy/Irsay under the bus for this but really if you look at it with emotion in check, it was their only way.
Best case scenario Manning comes back near his old form and gives a team 2 or 3 years.  Indy was coming up on a rebuild either way and with manning hiding their flaws, the rest of the roster had fallen into disrepair.   Yes it is true Luck (or Griffin) are not sure things but losing Manning and plummeting in the standings afforded them a rare opportunity to draft high before they rode their HOF Qb into the ground (and that is exactly what would have happened...think about it manning would have given then another few years of carrying the team to 10+ wins while the rest of the roster slipped further and then around 2014 when his wheels finally came off  they still would have mustered ~7-9 and been out of the serious running for a top QB and been looking more in the Tannehill caliber of prospects (who again could pan out but are even less sure) There is no way Manning would have led them to another title and this way they get a jump on the future in two ways; one they try Luck, a decent prospect now and get that much closer to a long term answer either through him or by discarding him and moving on...and two they are forced to start thinking about life after Manning and start retooling the rest of the roster now vs letting it slowly decay for a few more years.  the alternative would have had them going in with a Painter/Sorgi type and holes all over the rest of the roster...which in turn would have surely led to a #1 overall draft pick the silver lining to the cloud of it forced them to get it overwith now instead of ~4 years down the road 

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:13 pm

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Miami would be a terrible choice. They aren't close at all in terms of talent especially when you consider whos in that division. Further, although he will have 8 games in Miami, he will have at least 3 in awful weather venues New York, New England, and Buffalo. Virtually all of his games will be outdoors, which will be a significAnt adjustment. The best fit is Arizona. All pro wr, great coach, very good running game, improving defense. Mild elements, easy division. This is a no brainer

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:06 pm

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Manning to Miami was a natural rumor, and a lot of people "predicted" it, but don't assume that it's a done deal quite yet.  Peyton Manning doesn't want to waste the last few years of his career on a team that isn't ready to win right now if he can find a team that is.  Peyton's first concern should be, "How good is the OL that will be protecting me?"  His second should be, "Is this team one QB away from the Super Bowl?"  The third would be, "Does this team have anyone who can get open and catch the ball?"

If any team making him an offer can answer all three of those questions better than the others, Manning would be a fool to go elsewhere.   Of the teams mentioned, Seattle had the best record last year, with Miami a close "second."  I'm not ready to pronounce him a 'Fin quite yet.

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