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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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Comments

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:57 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Disagree about knocking Dolphins.. They have a top 10 wr in Marshall a good slot guy in Bess than U add Reggie Wayne as the other outside wr and U have something with Reggie Bush at RB, one of the top pass catchin rbs.. Alot of weapons for Manning, Nice weather half of his games and a defense that played very good second half of the season. 



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

I hope this turns out to be a similar situation to the Mariners letting go of Randy Johnson when he was 36 years old.  They didn't want to invest into a 4 year deal because of his age, and he went on to be the most dominant pitcher in the league for that 4 year span and go a World Series championship.  I hate to say it, but I think Luck is WAYYYYY over-hyped, he is not a sure thing to be a franchise savior, and very easily could be the next David Carr/Alex Smith (He works too hard to call him the next Jemarcus Russell).  I'm not sure if I'd like to see Peyton go to a lousy team like the Dolphins to see him single handedly turn them around and add to his legend, or if I'd like to see him go to a team that is a franchise QB away from winning the title like the Niners, but either way, how about 4 more years of dominance.  



Since: Sep 11, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:49 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The dolphins are awful and peyton would be a Idiot to sign there , because even with him there the patriots are still gonna kick asses for years to come and peyton knows this , he will sign in arizona



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The Dolphins will win 6 games with Peyton. A good QB alone will not help this garbage team.



Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:26 pm
 

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Lets see...he just had a very emotional day at the Colts facility and he flies to Miami to kick back and relax and ponder over who he should visit and when.  I am sure this is going to be a drawn out media circus.  Every move he makes will be noted and reported! 

First off, I doubt he will work out with anyone until he is healthy and has back the skills that took him to fame.  Second, he has alot of teams interested in him and any smart player would be visiting each and every one of them to see where he can get the best deal and be the best fit.  I personally think he will go to a team that is serious about signing him and can be a contender NOW. 

Whether it be Miami, Washington, Denver, KC, Arizona, Cleveland, or the Seahawks...I am sure each will give a selling pitch and see what the cost is going to be for a QB (when healthy) can lead you team to the glory land.  When all is said and done, it will be the craziest free agent signing since Reggie White! 



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:14 pm
 

Peyton Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Friggin' Jets fan calling the Dolphins awful?! Now that's priceless!!



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

The Texans are superbowl ready- Unlikely to happen, but imagine Manning+Johnson+Foster+Jones+ Phillips lead D- scary. I'd love to see that team go back to Lucas Oil.

Manning - Wherever you go it's time for you to go out and kick ...




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:08 pm
 

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

They could use their Draft picks to fill the gaps on Defense or on the Offensive line. Would be something to see Peyton getting to throw to Fitzgerald on one side and Wayne on the other side, throw in Doucet and Wells and that's a pretty scary offense.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

Look real close.  Is that Brett Favre stepping off the plane?



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:05 pm
 

Report: Manning flies to South Florida Wednesday

I can see Arizona being a great fit for Manning and Wayne, but with a team like Arizona, they could simply fill the gaps on Defense or on the Offensive line. Either way you know that Peyton is going to a contender, and I don't think Miami is quite there yet, but they are close.


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