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Some believe that new Rams coach Jeff Fisher opted against the Dolphins in order to avoid Tom Brady.  Instead, the former Titans coach could once again be jostling with Peyton Manning for division titles.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Cardinals have real interest in Eli’s big brother.  On March 8, the Colts owe Peyton a $28 million option bonus.  Since he can’t be traded before March 13, the only way to not pay the money is to cut him.  (Barring, of course, an agreed delay of the due date.)

Schefter goes so far as to say that the Cardinals will pursue Manning if he’s released — something the Cardinals would be prevented from telling Manning directly, given the tampering rules.

Last year, the Cardinals sent a second-round pick and former first-rounder Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb.

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  1. trbowman says: Jan 22, 2012 1:39 PM

    Rich Bartel > Skelton and Kolb.

  2. trbowman says: Jan 22, 2012 1:40 PM

    If you’re a team that needs a QB….you should be interested.

  3. phinfan says: Jan 22, 2012 1:40 PM

    St Louis might go after him.

  4. java49 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:41 PM

    These guys just dont get it…

  5. backindasaddle says: Jan 22, 2012 1:43 PM

    The neck???????????????

  6. profootballwalk says: Jan 22, 2012 1:44 PM

    Ochocinco out for the Patriots.

  7. fittytuckin says: Jan 22, 2012 1:44 PM

    And he’ll only have 1 legitimate weapon to throw to.

  8. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 22, 2012 1:44 PM

    what is their salary cap looking like? They just signed Kolb….At the same time…If you can get a HEALTHY Manning….you just have to do anything possible to make it happen…Kolb and Skelton are not the answer….Skelton will be a solid backup for years…I like this guy

  9. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 22, 2012 1:46 PM

    This is all just speculation. Dude will never take another snap (as if that’s not speculation…).

  10. skoobyfl says: Jan 22, 2012 1:46 PM

    What exactly does Peyton have to come back to in Indy that he’d be familiar with ?

  11. howiefeltersnatch says: Jan 22, 2012 1:46 PM

    Arizona: The place where hall of famers’ careers go to die

  12. enders9 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:47 PM

    Report: Damn near every team in the NFL would be interested in Peyton Manning

  13. jziii says: Jan 22, 2012 1:47 PM

    Uhm…If the Colts cut Manning, it’s prolly cuz he can’t play…

  14. dccowboy says: Jan 22, 2012 1:47 PM

    I think the Cardinals just achieved their purpose of communicating their interest in Manning. LOL

  15. raiderredleg says: Jan 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    What’s the storyline?

    Kurt Warner Part II?

    Peyton Manning (IF healthy) to Larry Fritzgerald? SCARY

    Kudos to the Cardinals organizaiton if they swing it…If it happens the Cardinals may even be able to flip Kolb and at least get something back for him (i.e. Redskins or Browns for a second or thrid rounder).

  16. rexachss says: Jan 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    So are the Bills & about 20 other what’s your point?

  17. dccowboy says: Jan 22, 2012 1:48 PM

    trbowman I think you should amend that to “If you’re a team that thinks you are a QB away from the SB, you should be interested in Manning.”

  18. flavordave says: Jan 22, 2012 1:51 PM

    Put wireless sensors on Kobb and have Manning on the sidelines move him around like a puppet and throw TDs. Problem solved.

  19. packerman1968 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    Why is this not tampering? Manning is under contract. There is no indication that he is going to be a free agent.

    Just because he is hurt does not mean a thing, just because the Colts have the first pick, does not mean a thing.

    If the Colts are offering him up, that is one thing. But I have not seen a offer from them yet.

  20. supremeomega says: Jan 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    Interested in him doing what?! Coaching, play by play, front office? His football career is over

  21. satanphoenix says: Jan 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    PM might want to be behind a better OL. Especially at the age of 35

    The Cardinals are probably the best team that is “one QB away from a championship” if they find a QB and can fix the OL.

    I do believe PM will not be with the Colts next year

  22. harrynd says: Jan 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    I am pretty sure we will hear that every team who needs a QB will be interested in Manning. This story will go on as a filler piece until free agency.

  23. packerman1968 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:55 PM

    Has the great all seeing eye, Tony Dungy approved this rumor?

  24. ricksaints says: Jan 22, 2012 1:55 PM

    I don’t care what team he goes to. As a fan of the game I just hope he can make a full recovery so we can continue to enjoy watching him play.

  25. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:57 PM

    Report: Any team with an average or below average QB is interested in Peyton Manning.

  26. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 22, 2012 1:57 PM

    “Last year, the Cardinals sent a second-round pick and former first-rounder Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb.”

    Why is this not blown up more???!!?? It’s possibly one of the worst trades in recent history. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie might not have played but he’s a rare talent and a 2nd round pick. Kolb couldn’t fight off skelton.. I mean c’monn mann. It’s not a game changer but Patrick Peterson and Rodgers in the same secondary for years to come… How do you let that slip away..

  27. matthewcarlson1 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:58 PM

    Who cares about Chad Johnson? Not me.

  28. krose91 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:59 PM

    Our quarterback play is poor because of the o-line. Peyton wouldn’t survive 3 games in a row. So give the money to some decent tackles.

  29. jonathanfesler says: Jan 22, 2012 2:01 PM

    My opinion is, that the Colts and Payton are just stalling to keep the other teams that need a QB guessing before he announces his retirement? Neck injuries are nothing to mess around with!!!

  30. bigzant82 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:02 PM

    sayyyy what?????

  31. texastornado82 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Manning Watch 2012 …has officialy begun

  32. theysone says: Jan 22, 2012 2:03 PM

    Fitting. Arizona is becoming a popular spot for retirees.

    Washed up NFL players go there for their careers to die; Emmitt, Kurt Warner, Edge James…

  33. buddyrydell says: Jan 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    Follow this headline up with…. People Interested in Money and Hugh Hefner interested in tail.

  34. showftyme says: Jan 22, 2012 2:06 PM

    I wouldn’t touch this guy with a ten foot pole. He’s got disaster written all over him. The only perfect fit is Washington. They usually go after high priced, multiple surgeries veterans. You see how well that theory works. PLEASE RETIRE PEYTON!!! Keep your legacy in tact.

  35. steelerchicken says: Jan 22, 2012 2:07 PM

    Another quote from the 4-letter network!!!

  36. trbowman says: Jan 22, 2012 2:09 PM

    “Our quarterback play is poor because of the o-line. Peyton wouldn’t survive 3 games in a row. So give the money to some decent tackles.”

    I’ve heard people say this. Are they forgetting how quickly Peyton gets rid of the ball? He can compensate for line play.

  37. todd49401 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Excellent- if they can be halfway decent with Skelton, imagine what Manning could do to that franchise…similar to Warner. SB contender.

  38. hebertespinosa says: Jan 22, 2012 2:21 PM

    All teams in need of a QB want Peyton, but…will he be able to play next season? It remains to be seen.

  39. bayoubauer says: Jan 22, 2012 2:23 PM

    howiefeltersnatch says:
    Jan 22, 2012 1:46 PM
    Arizona: The place where hall of famers’ careers go to die

    Yeah, because Kurt Warner sucked when he went there. Try again Witty McWittypants.

  40. d3murf says: Jan 22, 2012 2:24 PM

    packerman1968 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:52 PM

    Why is this not tampering? Manning is under contract. There is no indication that he is going to be a free agent.


    Stop snitching! Snitches get stitches where I’m from. It’s not tampering b/c there is no way to prove the Cards said this – if it’s not a direct quote bro. All they have to do is deny it. Schefter said it – not Coach Whiz or someone.

    This would be a perfect offense for Peyton! They have a pretty good run game to along with that pass game. I also want Peyton to continue playing indoors so he can do his pre-snap shenanigans. The Indy crowd is an educated crowd. They are super quiet when on offense. These clowns here in Atlanta start getting loud when we’re on offense. When the team makes the signal for us to quiet down – they get even louder. We’re the worst pro sports city in the nation!

    Thumbs Down this if you’re a Fair weather Falcons Fan who isn’t even from Atlanta originally and is pretty much clueless about football – you just come to see some chicks at the Dome…smh

  41. jimbroney says: Jan 22, 2012 2:24 PM


  42. neauxgeaux44 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:25 PM

    Archie is not happy with this story…..

    Arch Manning

  43. blaz0037 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:26 PM

    if the Colts are dumb enough to let Manning go based on pure assumptions about a college kid’s possible POTENTIAL, I assume 20 teams would be willing to bend over backwards to get him.

  44. jbcommonsense says: Jan 22, 2012 2:29 PM

    How funny one year after trading for Kolb. Also, if Manning is an FA, MANY teams will make offers. Assuming he passes a bunch of physicals, and if doctors judge that it is safe, Manning could play another 5 years.

  45. sunsbolts7 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:30 PM

    Kurt Warner was washed up when he got to Arizona, Theysone? Hmm…crazy. I’m astonished that a ‘washed’ up QB led the Cards to the Super Bowl.

    Let’s not forget, people, that Peyton Manning led the Colts to the Super Bowl just a couple seasons ago. He’s missed 16 games his entire career. So now he’s washed up and/or retiring? Ha! Ok! You all sound like fools when you make statements like that.

  46. 2difshoe says: Jan 22, 2012 2:40 PM

    And I’m interested in being Heidi Klums bicycle seat.

  47. bleed4philly says: Jan 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    We’ll take Kolb back, we could use a solid backup.

  48. laeaglefan says: Jan 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    I think Kevin Kolb is going to end up as the highest paid backup QB in NFL history. Given the fact that John Skelton arguably played better than Kolb last year, that could drop Kolb down to the #3 spot in the Cardinals QB pecking order. Maybe they’ll just cut Kolb and the Eagles will pick him back up as Michael Vick’s backup, replacing Vince Young. How things seem to go full circle.

  49. tjacks7 says: Jan 22, 2012 2:49 PM

    Along with roughly 20 other teams..

  50. ramsfanintexas says: Jan 22, 2012 3:00 PM

    hmm…I bet there are about a few more NFL team without a starting QB named Brady or Manning that are interested in Peyton. WOW, Shefty is brilliant. I wish I could get paid to make wild guesses about what might happen this off season.

  51. rockerteer says: Jan 22, 2012 3:15 PM

    Could be interesting – I would hope he would demand they change that ridiculous uniform color scheme. Maybe that would also inspire the Bengals, Falcons and Seahawks, too.

  52. 6250claimer says: Jan 22, 2012 3:17 PM

    Cards are one good, HEALTHY QB and FIVE OL’men away. So, if Peyton can get a neck transplant and bring 5 quality linemen with him, then this is a good idea for the Cards.

  53. goodguyjohn says: Jan 22, 2012 3:18 PM

    Dear Bill Bidwell. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring a broken down, over the hill non mobile quarterback to the NFC West.

    Niner fans worldwide

  54. thegonz13 says: Jan 22, 2012 3:21 PM

    Let’s see… they got robbed blind for an unproven QB. How much will the Cards mortgage for a health risk?

  55. cowhawkfan says: Jan 22, 2012 3:36 PM

    @2dufshoe…careful, you’re showing your age. How about that Adrianna Lima chic instead?!

  56. magnumpei says: Jan 22, 2012 4:10 PM

    Manning’s good, but is he “Matt Flynn good”?

  57. java49 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:15 PM

    Why not go after McNabb? He’s super awesome and local!

  58. sfraider says: Jan 22, 2012 4:17 PM

    Yeah, as are 2 dozen other NFL teams…Brilliant find Schefter

  59. daknight93 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:21 PM

    here we go again with the what if speculations…geez, irsay did say he wants to keep manning and doctors are optimistic he can play again…worse case if he’s cut many teams will go after peyton and not just the cards

  60. trubroncfan07 says: Jan 22, 2012 4:28 PM

    I would take him over Tebow.

  61. franknunley57 says: Jan 22, 2012 5:16 PM

    nfc west is quickly losing that worst division tag. harbaugh, carroll, fisher with spags & schotty, whisenhunt with that jets assistant that trips opposing players…lots of good coaching talent in the nfc west.

  62. jimmysee says: Jan 22, 2012 5:42 PM

    How ’bout free agent Drew Brees to AZ — and Peyon to the ‘Aints?!

  63. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Jan 22, 2012 5:51 PM

    “Peyton Manning (IF healthy) to Larry Fritzgerald? SCARY”

    Peyton Manning (IF healthy) running in terror from Justin Smith, Red Bryant, Aldon Smith, and Chris Clemons? SCARY

  64. Erik says: Jan 22, 2012 6:40 PM

    If this happens, K0lb will be booking his ticket to Cleveland.

  65. jc327 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:33 PM

    Dream on. If Peyton ever plays again, it’ll be for the horseshoes.

  66. eagler927 says: Jan 22, 2012 7:47 PM

    Those of you that think this is a bad fit, tell me a better one?
    1. Peyton would get to play in a dome. That cannot be underestimated in importance.
    2. He goes to a team that has one of the top receivers in the NFL. Peyton throwing to Fitz has to intrigue him.
    3. Whiz fits the mold of who Peyton has had as his coaches. Cerebral, even tempered. Think Tom Moore and Tony Dungy.
    4. The Cardinals have an up and coming defense and with Ryan Williams combined with Beanie a solid running game.
    5. The Cardinals won 7 of their last 9 games and dont play in a strong division. Sure you have to contend with the Niners, but you don’t have multiple playoff teams in your division.

    Of course the Cardinals need O Line help and that will be addressed in FA and through the draft. Arizona is about as good a fit as any
    team out there for Peyton.

  67. fordmandalay says: Jan 23, 2012 12:04 AM

    If the Cards signed unproven fragile flower Kevin Kolb (whose only apparent talent is to get hurt and lose his job) for the incredibly stupid amount they did, I can’t imagine what they’ll give to a REAL Hall of Fame QB! Maybe if Cards fans are lucky, Bidwell will actually just sign the team over to Peyton, which may be the only way to avoid another 40 years of failure.

  68. GG Eden says: Jan 23, 2012 9:14 AM

    When will the Cardinals learn that Skelton is the answer

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