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Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Posted on: January 25, 2012 5:58 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:14 pm
 
The queue for Manning's services starts ... now. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

There's still one game left in the 2011 season, but for the 30 NFL teams who have now moved into the 2012 offseason, the wheels of change are already in motion. Earlier this week, Peyton Manning told the Indianapolis Star that while he has no intentions of retiring he also doesn't know if the Colts will bring him back. It was a shocking admission from the man responsible for two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl title and a 141-67 record (.678 winning percentage) in 13 seasons, including a 3-13 effort as a rookie in 1998.

The queue for Manning's services is already forming. Two weeks ago, CBS Sports' Charley Casserly said the Cardinals could be interested (although it would require some logistical gymnastics). On Wednesday, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote that the Dolphins will be all-in on Manning, too.

"A team source e-mailed me this afternoon that the priority is Manning. This coincides with news out of Mobile, Ala., where the Senior Bowl is going to be played Saturday. A league source there tells The Herald's Barry Jackson that the Dolphins have shown no interest in Flynn as of yet -- not even informal interest.

"Now, teams are not allowed to show formal interest in soon-to-be free agents at this time. But at those Senior Bowl practices, where agents and team personnel departments mingle on the sideline, it's common for preliminary signs of future interest to be displayed. In fact, it's almost expected."

After the Dolphins hired former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin last week, conventional wisdom was that Miami would immediately be in the Matt Flynn sweepstakes. Unless the Dolphins front office shares a fantastic poker face, that doesn't appear to be the case.

As Salguero notes, "The club believes a healthy Peyton Manning is simply a better gamble than an unproven Matt Flynn. Flynn is younger and will be cheaper (although not by a lot) but clearly the Dolphins are more drawn to the idea of a proven NFL performer -- despite his advancing age and greater risk of his neck injury resurfacing."

In general, betting that a quarterback in his mid-30s, still recovering from serious injury, and likely on the downside of a Hall of Fame career can resurrect a rudderless franchise is a fool's errand. But the Cardinals caught lightning in a bottle with Kurt Warner and he led them to a Super Bowl. It's not unreasonable to think that Manning could have similar success in the right system. Of course, the tough part is finding where that might be.

But one thing seems more likely with each passing day: the Manning era in Indy could be over. A ridiculous notion six months ago, much less so just six weeks out from when the organization is set to give Manning a $28 million roster bonus.

Whatever happens this spring, one thing is certain: should Manning become available, there will be plenty of quarterback-needy teams lining up for his services.

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Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:00 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

matt ryan is an average quarterback with great weapons at his disposal. Imagine what peyton manning could do with tony gonzalez, roddy white and michael turner. I would take peyton over matt ryan any damn day of the week, irregardless of age.



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:31 am
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I would never say never about DALLAS going after Payton Manning. Jerry Jones would love to have Payton on his team. Earlier this week when asked the difference between His Cowboys, and the NYG, he said Eli Manning (being better than Romo). Having Payton, in his mind would make the Boy's better than the Giants. Manning would also make the second year coaches job a lot easier.

The main teams the sportwriters say are interested in getting Payton are (Miami, Washington, Jacksonville, NYJ, Arizona, Seattle, and KC.)  The main thing wrong with this is Payton wants to go to another Superbowl. This isn't going to happen with any of these teams.

Bing!!! Dallas Cowboys...Starting WR's...Miles Auston, Laurent Robinson, Dez Bryant. Starting RB...Demarco Murry, #2 man Felix Jones. Starting TE...Witten. Heck of a Crew...Right!!! You add Payton Manning to this lineup and it could be a Championship team the first year with Manning @ QB in Jerry's mind and, maybe in mine also.

Dallas trades Romo for a couple of high draft picks, and uses them to shore up their OL, and uses the rest of their draft picks on the "D". Then Jerry fires the DC, and finds a real one.

If this would happen the city of Dallas would fall in love with Jerry Jones as well as Payton Manning.




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:55 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

 

they use their #8/9 pick to pick up the right tackle from USC or another solid right guard or right tackle


If the Dolphins are going to acquire Peyton Manning, they won't have a first round pick this year and most likely for at least one more season after that.  The Colts aren't going to cut Manning, they are going to agree to delay the option bonus payment for a few days or a couple weeks to negotiate a trade with another team.   They aren't cutting Manning if he's healthy enough to start in the NFL.....

 

lets be realistic, first off the reason peyton will not play for the colts (if thats the case) is because Irsay and colts brass are pushing him out not because he doesnt want to be there.


It's not "pushing him out", it's just common sense man, that's it.  Peyton Manning even if he's healthy might have 3 or 4 more years left in him, and the Colts are rebuilding.  They were predicted by many experts to win no more then 8 games with Peyton last year, there is a lot more wrong with the Colts then people think.  Andrew Luck who they call a once in a decade qb is available and somebody the Colts can have for 10 to 15 years.   Luck's first 5 seasons combined will be worth less a little less then Manning's option bonus for next season alone.  Once again, it's just common sense. 

The Colts would have to be crazy to not explore trading Manning right now.  It's not disrespecting Manning, it's making a decision that's best for the organization long term. 
 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

I'm not a Peyton  but lets face it, half the league will be falling over themselves trying to get him if he becomes a FA.  Firing Polian was insane but if the Colts dump or trade Manning I'd root for him to go somewhere he could regulary thump them. 


Not true at all.  If Peyton is healthy he's awesome, but nowhere near half the league would even think about trading what it would take to land Manning and pay him a king's ransom to start for them.   Green Bay, Detroit, the Giants, Phili, New Orleans, Atlanta, Carolina, New England, Pittsburgh, Houston and SanDiego are 11 teams that wouldn't consider him for a second.  And then teams like Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore and SF are very unlikely to go for Manning.  Probably half of the rest are so bad they don't have the pieces to surround Manning with let alone can afford to trade what it takes without ruining their franchises.     

There might be 3 or 4 teams that would put in massive offers for Manning.   The Jets, Miami and Denver are probably 3 of them, and maybe Snider in Washington would try but I doubt Manning would wanna play for him.  That's a big enough market for Manning though, you only need 3 or 4 teams in a bidding war and you get a massive return for the Colts.

A lot of people on these boards are still trying to convince themselves the Colts are going to pay Manning 35 million dollars next season to mentor Luck, but to me that's so impossible it's a joke.  Andrew Luck wants to start right away, he has zero interest in sitting for 2 or 3 or 4 years with a clipboard in his hand.   There are too many teams that need a qb in the NFL for Luck to even think about backing up Manning.  

Either they trade Manning or they trade the draft pick... one or the other.  No chance they keep both.... zero chance. 



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:14 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

lets be realistic, first off the reason peyton will not play for the colts (if thats the case) is because Irsay and colts brass are pushing him out not because he doesnt want to be there.

2nd great thought on atlanta, definitely will not happen. ryan is a franchise QB regardless if he has reached his peak.

3rd NO WAY!!! to the jets, does anybody recall rex and his big mouth about peyton?? thonk about it

4th and most important, the dolphins are actually a great fit for Peyton. if you think about it, their Center and left side of the O line are awesome, they use their #8/9 pick to pick up the right tackle from USC or another solid right guard or right tackle. they have reggie bush who is a versatile running back/receiver plus young daniel thomas. he has brandon marshall, dependability in the hands of hartline and bess plus the young speedy clyde gates. anthony fasano dependable also questionable tight end.. pretty much the offense is pretty solid, well built and just lacks an above average/ great QB. the offense is definitely ready for Manning.  the defensive line is preety solid as well, the linebacker core is strong and can use some DB's.  

if we get Peyton we can still trade up for a QB in the draft (griffin) to learn from peyton for 3-4 years. He would be facing Brady with a much better team overall (in all 3 phases) than probably any year he was with the Colts.  the Dolphins have what it takes they are just short of that QB to lead and put all the pieces together.


plus he would get to humiliate the colts when the dolphins face them in the 2012 season.. even the NFl alrteady set it up hahaha



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:12 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

plus if he comes to the dolphins he would get to humiliate the colts in the 2012 season.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:11 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

lets be realistic, first off the reason peyton will not play for the colts (if thats the case) is because Irsay and colts brass are pushing him out not because he doesnt want to be there.

2nd great thought on atlanta, definitely will not happen. ryan is a franchise QB regardless if he has reached his peak.

3rd NO WAY!!! to the jets, does anybody recall rex and his big mouth about peyton?? thonk about it

4th and most important, the dolphins are actually a great fit for Peyton. if you think about it, their Center and left side of the O line are awesome, they use their #8/9 pick to pick up the right tackle from USC or another solid right guard or right tackle. they have reggie bush who is a versatile running back/receiver plus young daniel thomas. he has brandon marshall, dependability in the hands of hartline and bess plus the young speedy clyde gates. anthony fasano dependable also questionable tight end.. pretty much the offense is pretty solid, well built and just lacks an above average/ great QB. the offense is definitely ready for Manning.  the defensive line is preety solid as well, the linebacker core is strong and can use some DB's.  

if we get Peyton we can still trade up for a QB in the draft (griffin) to learn from peyton for 3-4 years. He would be facing Brady with a much better team overall (in all 3 phases) than probably any year he was with the Colts.  the Dolphins have what it takes they are just short of that QB to lead and put all the pieces together. 




Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Dolphins or Arizona Cardinals (warm weather teams, with good and in one case GREAT WR) make the most sense.
 


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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:32 pm
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Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Report: Dolphins would pursue Peyton Manning

Shouldn't the Dolphins be pursuing just about any QB not on their roster right now?


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