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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: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Great post gwayneb1

I think thats possibly what he's considering at the moment.  I think if Minnesota opened up and said something, he'll no doubt go there.  The Vikings are still a high calibre team with about the only need in the draft being a OT.  He could fit in very well there.

Here's how it goes, Peyton.  The Jets don't have the cap space, and do you really want to play for Ryan?  Miami is a pseudo sports town (front-runners) full of people who'd  rather be at the beach than watching their teams play.  So, in reality, I think you've got four teams to choose from: Arizona, Seattle, Kansas City, or Minnesota.  Aside from Minnesota, all of these teams play in weak divisions (like you did in Indy) which almost guarantees you a playoff run every year you still play.  That's something to consider.




Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

I'd love to see Payten Manning in Minnesota.  After all, the Vikings Org. is a good nursing home I heard.Embarassed



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:38 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Ryan Fitzpatrick is not Peyton Manning but he is a hell of a lot better than Seneca Wallace and Blaine Gabbert.



Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Arizona is intriguing...
The weather is great, the headcoach is offense minded, Manning to Fitz sounds great ( imagine if they could bring in Reggie Wayne as well). They once signed Emmitt Smitt just to fill the stadium...Peyton would do it again.  Seattle is rebuilding. St Lous is is rebuilding.  and Peyton knows Fisher's style.  Peyton wouldn't need to worry about his neck cause''Bounty" Williams won't be with the Rams.  Just win the division and anything can happen!



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

The Jets don't have the cap space,

I don't believe Payton goes to the Jets...But they do have the cap space...it's all the talk here in NY.



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:36 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

personaly I think the Arizona Cardinals make the perfect spot for manning.  they have a few weapons that he can throw to.  Its a warm and dry climate which will be good for his neck injury.  who woundnt like to be in sunshine 98 % of the time.  No hurricanes, no tornados. Ahhhhhhh the tranquility.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:35 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Ahh nevermind I misread your comment, sorry.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:34 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

@ gwayneb1 Minnesota does not play in a weak division.



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 6:06 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

Here's how it goes, Peyton.  The Jets don't have the cap space, and do you really want to play for Ryan?  Miami is a pseudo sports town (front-runners) full of people who'd  rather be at the beach than watching their teams play.  So, in reality, I think you've got four teams to choose from: Arizona, Seattle, Kansas City, or Minnesota.  Aside from Minnesota, all of these teams play in weak divisions (like you did in Indy) which almost guarantees you a playoff run every year you still play.  That's something to consider.



Since: Mar 9, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:31 am
 

Up to 12 teams contacted Peyton Manning Wednesday

There Corners are bad? haha funny Vontae Davis is a top 10 corner in the league and hes a second year player. Mcshay and Kiper said he will be as good if not better than revis by his 4th season. He will be the top corner in the league soon so you might wanna check you facts. Also Manning has alot of weapons. #1 reciever in Marshall and one of the top slot recievers in the league with Bess. Then a thousand yard rusher in Bush and the number 12 defense in the league with everyone coming back. He never had a D in indy. Cant wait for Manning to come so the fins can whoop up on the Jets and Pats. Also i dont see how you can say if he wants a superbowl he would go to the Jets. Whos ur #1 reciever. Holmes? haha what a joke  what about a running back?  LT is washed up. Greene is injury prone. Check you shit before you talk shit.  Manning cant play in cold wet or snowy enviroments. so he wont fit in at NY like he is 0-7 in his outdoor games in the month of december the past 4 years 


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