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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

did you mean Indy does not play Miami or the Jets twice a year



Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Oops, I forgot Indy is in the South now, and i meant Texans or Titans


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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:21 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 4:17 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Uh-Oh, can you say.. Brett Favre, all over again, my guess would  be he will end up in the AFC East (Miami or NY Jets) so that he can stick it ton Indy twice a year just like Favre did to Green Bay when he was in Minnesota.



Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

freeman your a joke...manning has already told washington thanks but no thanks. he woulod consider the nfc only if it were the perfect storm. he wants the afc


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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:39 pm
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Since: Mar 6, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:36 pm
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Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

 He needs to go to the AFC West with K.C. or Denver or keep in the AFC South and go to Tennessee.... If he goes to Miami, he will spend the rest of his career getting buried in the AFC East due to his defense. Keep in mind that this won't be the same Peyton. He's going to have to utilize a balanced offense, and I think the Titans would provide that with CJ, Britt, Washington, and Cook... Add Reggie Wayne and you've got a nice little team there that isn't too bad with the passing D.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:53 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

I would have to see him throw a lot of passes over the course of a few days to even entertain the thought of brining him on board.  There is no question how good he is, how important he is to a team and his talent level is unreal.  How does his arm look and how many years do you think you'll get out of that arm are the most serious and pressing questions.  Unless you see him throw, you can't possibly know.



Since: Mar 8, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

For those of you thinking he may go to Miami, try this on for size. The new coach for Miami is coming from Green Bay, who happen to have a 2nd string QB who just may be ready for the big time, and is an unrestricted free agent. Would you rather get a QB that can possibly be your franchise QB for the next 10 years, and already will be familiar with the offense you will probably put in, or one who is coming off of several operations and must be considered a risk?



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