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Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:19 am
Edited on: March 8, 2012 3:29 pm
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So ... many ... choices ... (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Wednesday, the Colts released Peyton Manning, a sentence that still seems weird to write.

Also on Wednesday, the Manning-to-Team-X rumor mill got chugging along nicely. It's believed that as many as a dozen NFL teams (12!) have been in contact with Manning's camp, or Manning's agent Tom Condon. However, CBSSports.com's NFL Insider Mike Freeman reported Thursday morning that some folks believe Manning's already narrowed his list. Freeman points to the Dolphins, Redskins and ... Broncos as the short list.

Peyton's Free Agency

But for the sake of really figuring out who's in play, let's break down the teams that could've/should've/might've contacted Manning on Wednesday. Follow the parenthesis for the full count.

49ers (X) general manager Trent Baalke told everyone that the 49ers are not interested in Manning. That doesn't technically preclude any contact on their part, but it does point to a low interest level.

Despite the presence of Tebowmania, the Broncos (1) are absolutely interested in Manning. See: Freeman's report, as well as a report from Mike Klis of The Denver Post Wednesday, in which Klis says the Broncos will check in with Manning but believes they will likely stick with Tebow. That's probably more as a result of striking out on Manning, but as Freeman notes, maybe they're in play after all.  

The Dolphins (2) are quite obviously interested. Our buddy Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post believes the Dolphins are in the pole position to land Manning. And there's good reason to think Volin is right, the least of which is that he's in South Beach right now. (Well, we assume he's still there.) Adding to the pressure of Miami, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat Twitter account are all recruiting/harassing Peyton.

Speaking of the AFC East, the Jets (3) are another divisional team purportedly in hot pursuit of Manning. Or purportedly "split" about whether or not they want to chase Manning. They do. They know it. The problem? They just don't think they can actually get him, so they're trying to play it cool.

The most obvious suitor? The Washington Redskins (4), who essentially feel like they're already drunk-dialing Condon to talk about Manning. What? That counts as an "aggressive" pursuit of a free agent.

Or maybe the Seahawks (5) are the most aggressive team ... only they're going about it quietly. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reported they'd be the first team on the phone with Peyton Wednesday, and Peter King and Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated both believe John Schneider and Pete Carroll would be in hot pursuit of Manning. It's interesting, as Doug Farrar of Shutdown Corner notes, because Schneider said at the combine that he wasn't interested in "passing camp" quarterbacks.

Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN named a couple additional teams as well. Most notably, he cited the Chiefs (6) as a suitor for Manning. They make a lot of sense. Schefter also listed the Titans (7) as a team that contacted Manning, but that goes contrary to what they said they'd do. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean also reports that the Titans have not (6) had contact with Manning.

That's six teams, which is a lot. And yes, I'm ignoring the Titans. I'm also ignoring the Texans, who were already ruled out by King. So who are the other six teams?

The Cardinals (7) are a team that we haven't mentioned yet, but they're still my favorite to land Manning. They have a limited window to land Manning because of the Kevin Kolb roster bonus due on March 17, and they can't be too public about their pursuit of Manning (well, Darnell Dockett can). But maybe they don't have to be public about anything: Manning has reportedly put out his own "feelers" to talk with the Cards. It probably has nothing to do with Larry Fitzgerald.

Then there's a slew of cruddy teams that we should add off the bat: the Browns (8), the Bills (9) and the Jaguars (10) are all teams with quarterbacks. But they're also teams with quarterbacks who are not Peyton Manning. And if the respective GMs of those clubs didn't at least call and say "Hey, would he be interested in playing in our city for our team?" then they should be jailed for negligence.

So we need a pair of sleepers now. Let's rule out the rest of the AFC; for one reason or another, everyone has a quarterback. Let's also rule out the NFC East. We've already included the NFC West, sans the Rams. Only one team from the NFC South and the NFC North needs a quarterback.

So only two teams remain: the Vikings (11) and the Buccaneers (12). OK, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman are both recent first-round picks, but this is Peyton Manning we're talking about. They'd be nuts not to at least inquire through backchannels if there was any possible interest.

If you think I missed someone, leave em in the comments. Or argue why your team deserves Manning.

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Since: Nov 15, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:12 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

This has Ken Whisenhunt written all over it. The Arizone Cardinals will be the new home of Peyton Manning. The Vikings got one good year out Farve at 40. Warner was 35 when he joined the Cards. Manning is 36. Whisenhunt works with Manning like he did Warner and for real, the Cards are a contender. Divisional and otherwise. Peyton Manning has 2- 4 good years left. Peyton should get 5 year 120 mil range. And he is worth every penny. HOF QBs who are pissed off, do not come around often. Put Peyton with Larry Fitzgerald and a healthy Willams at RB, could be the making of something special. I hope this happens. Go NFL!!



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:34 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Obviously Peyton is damaged goods, but I'm surprised the Cowboys haven't expressed an interest in Manning. Tony Romo hasn't exactly done anything in his nine years in Dallas so why not return some luster to the franchise?
It true that Rom has not led the Cowboys to a Super Bowl title, but it's not all his fault. The Cowboys should try to Improve their defense and their offensive line, maybe with a better offensive line the Cowboys will have a better running attack.

Romo has the  2nd best passing rating in NFL history, So there little chance that Cowboys would go after a QB they are not sure that can play again



Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:22 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

I think Peyton and Pete Carroll would get along great and we'd love to have him here in Seattle!  With Lynch becoming a top 5 RB this last season and our young offensive line developing quickly, this would be a great fit for him and we could easily take control of our weak NFC West division.  Alex Smith and Frank Gore < Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch alllll day



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:52 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Everyone knew that the hapless Colts were not going to pay 28 mill to Peyton after sitting out all year. Also, we already know where Peyton is going...so why is everyone acting as if they do not know.  

 Peyton is going to start his own football team in the NFL and take on the rest of the league. His team will consist of losers, has-beens and misfits...ala Randy Moss, Hines Ward, Chad Johnson, any defensive back from the Eagles, etc.

Aside from starting his own NFL team he will probably play for any team that has the Colts on their schedule next year...provided that team is not worse than the Colts. I have a strong feeling that Peyton will end up in Minnesota or Baltimore or maybe even San Francisco. No one could have predicted how dominant the 49ers were on defense and how the offense was not completely terrible....well that is no on else except their loyal fans. The rest of the world was just completely and utterly clueless! Again, no one thought that a 10-6 team struggling just to make the playoffs would win the Super Bowl 2 years in a row. The Packers, Giants and the Raiders next year!.....yeah right....like that will happen. Just who is Dennis Allen anyway! I have never heard of him...no really! You heard it here first...the Oakland Raiders will get pawned into submission and will win less than 4 games.... 



Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:27 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

If Manning wanted to prove he was the best he would play in NY, toughest place to win.  He would bring the stability to the Jets that they need.  Comparing the Dolphins D to the Jets is laughable, the Jets D was on the field 75% of the time last year and still was better than Miami.  Manning will never win in Miami, he will never beat the Pats cause Miami's corners are bad, if he wants to win a SB he will come to the Jets, if he wants $ he goes to Miami.  Say what you want the Jets are a qb away from a title, they had a bad stretch last year cause Sanchez has been a failure, but when was the last time Miami was in an AFC Champ game????



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:35 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

If the Detroit Lions ever want to be a serious superbowl champion they should lock up Manning but I know its not going to happen.

Didn't the Lions have a QB throw for 5000 yards and 40 TDs last year? QB is the least of the Lions problems. Get real!


  As to the other teams I dont see anyone on the East coast getting Manning.  Hes not that good in outdoor winter games so Miami isnt a good fit seeing how they play the Bills Jets and Patriots in cold games.

So because of 3 games that may or may not be cold. I'm going to assume at least 1 or 2 of those games will be before the middle of November. Great logic!!

I honestly think Houston would be a great fit.  Play in the same division, and get to whoop on the Colts, but I dont think he wants to play in the same divison as the Colts.


I don't think he cares about playing in the same division and he would go to Houston in a second....if Houston wanted him. Which they don't. He will not be in Houston. I don't know where all that is coming from. It makes ZERO sense for Houston.

That leaves the West for the AFC.  But who in the AFC West has an offense worth a crap?
   

The Cheifs are an interesting choice. They have some weapons that Peyton would be able to use to their full potential. Charles and Bowe to start. Cheifs make a lot of sense.


  Now onto the NFC:

Wont be Dallas or Washington cause he doesnt want to play against Eli.

     I don't think Eli has anything to do with anything and he may very well end up in Washington if they give him the most money. But I don't see it as being a top choice for him. 

I'm sure Jerry would love Manning. I as a Cowboys fan am torn if I want to see that. Lots of weapons in Dallas though. Could be very appealing to Peyton if they make an offer.

I think Minnesota would be an interesting fit seeing how they have AP, but he likes to throw the ball and they would have 2 cold weather outdoor games to play.  So I dont see this happening.
 

Your "cold weather" game reasoning is ridiculous.


N.O. Atlanta Carolina all think they have their franchise QB so that leaves Tampa but they dont have the receivers to win.


Yeah, it makes little sense for those 3 teams. I think TB may think they have their franchise QB as well. And don't sleep on the TB receivers.

That leaves Arizona and Seattle.  Seattle is out
      
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  Why is Seattle out? Arizona makes some sense to be sure.

Arizona or Houston.


Houston makes ZERO sense. I could see Arizona. 
    



Since: Jun 26, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

lovinMSU THE LIONS HAVE THERE QB THEY ARE GOING TO COMPETE FOR A SUPER BOWL FOR THE NEXT 7.8 YEARS




Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:10 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

If the Detroit Lions ever want to be a serious superbowl champion they should lock up Manning but I know its not going to happen. 

As to the other teams I dont see anyone on the East coast getting Manning.  Hes not that good in outdoor winter games so Miami isnt a good fit seeing how they play the Bills Jets and Patriots in cold games. 

I honestly think Houston would be a great fit.  Play in the same division, and get to whoop on the Colts, but I dont think he wants to play in the same divison as the Colts.

That leaves the West for the AFC.  But who in the AFC West has an offense worth a crap?

Now onto the NFC:

Wont be Dallas or Washington cause he doesnt want to play against Eli.

I think Minnesota would be an interesting fit seeing how they have AP, but he likes to throw the ball and they would have 2 cold weather outdoor games to play.  So I dont see this happening.

N.O. Atlanta Carolina all think they have their franchise QB so that leaves Tampa but they dont have the receivers to win.

That leaves Arizona and Seattle.  Seattle is out.

Arizona seems to be the best fit for Manning.  Arizona or Houston. 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

It's believed that as many as a NFL teams (12!) have been in contact with Manning's camp . . .
Notice, folks, it doesn't say that 12 teams contacted Manning's camp.  It says that "up to" 12 teams contacted them.  The actual number might be a lot lower.  That "up to" language is an old advertising trick that we see all the time. 



Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

And....the Patriots just scored another touchdown.


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