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Report: Dolphins will go after Peyton Manning if he’s available

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We’re still several weeks away from knowing whether Peyton Manning will be available in free agency this year, and it may be longer than that before we know whether he’ll be capable of playing in 2012. But if Manning is available and ready to go, the Miami Dolphins want him.

The Miami Herald, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the Dolphins’ plans, reports that Manning is the quarterback the Dolphins desire most, and Miami will aggressively pursue him if he’s available.

If the Dolphins can’t get Manning, they would turn their attention to options including Packers backup Matt Flynn, who has the advantage of already knowing new coach Joe Philbin’s offense, or trading up in the draft to take one of the top two quarterbacks, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. But Manning is Plan A.

The Colts owe Manning a $28 million roster bonus on March 8 and may release him instead of paying it, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. Given the way Ross has talked about the importance of adding a quarterback, Manning may find that if Jim Irsay isn’t willing to pay him a boatload of money, Ross will be.

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  1. jasku880 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    And manning will kindly reply, “no thank you.”

  2. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:08 AM

    haha why so Brady can continue to destory him? Go to the Cards you’ll have a much better chance to win something.

  3. clivus63 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:09 AM

    Dolphins would be better off with Flynn.
    The Cowboys are the only team with enough lettuce for Manning.

  4. marinephinfan says: Jan 23, 2012 8:11 AM

    BWHAHAHA!! Suuure! More speculation that I’ll bet my life is wrong again.

  5. skeebo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:12 AM

    Think I’d rather go Matt Flynn

  6. enviroman08 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:14 AM

    Manning would have some weapons already in place, a good O-line which can be improved through the draft (because drafting a QB will not be needed) a decent D…..nice combination to win some games!

  7. styx630 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:15 AM

    And this going to turn out the same way as when they “aggressively pursued” Jeff Fisher.

  8. popdawg99 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:17 AM

    Brady v. Manning twice a year . . . at least. Jim Nantz just shed a tear of joy at the thought.

  9. obamablowz says: Jan 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    Yep, Rob Lowe said it.

  10. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    Manning needs to go somewhere where they have a good team already in place… He’s back hurts from carrying a 2-14 roster his whole career…. He needs more help on his next team

  11. paleandpasty says: Jan 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    Can we just say that every team except a few teams (Saints, Packers, Giants, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Lions, and Eagles) are interested in Manning.

  12. gmen1987 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    What are the Dolphins going to use Peyton for? Waterboy, QB coach, announcer, cheerleader?

  13. terripet says: Jan 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    manning has a winning record against pretty boy BRADY

  14. jackntorres says: Jan 23, 2012 8:19 AM

    Before Brees the Manning’s were the first family of New Orleans. I am a huge fan of both and would like to see him with the dolphins. Although I don’t know why 9ers would want Alex smith over this guy, I am glad they do as a saints fan.

  15. cdngatorfan says: Jan 23, 2012 8:26 AM

    Must we again go back to the days of paying boatloads of money to players who’s best years are behind them? Note to Stephen Ross: Miami tried that before and failed miserably.

  16. crindal3000 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:27 AM

    Unfortunately Peyton might be forced to quit. The surgeries he had are (of) the career ending type. He has a bright future in broadcasting, coaching whatever he wants to do, why risk not being able to walk to play a few more years?

  17. KIR says: Jan 23, 2012 8:27 AM

    The teams who are the best fit for Peyton in order.
    San Francisco
    Seattle
    NY Jets
    Arizonia
    Miami

  18. marinephinfan says: Jan 23, 2012 8:29 AM

    lolb23 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 8:08 AM
    haha why so Brady can continue to destory him? Go to the Cards you’ll have a much better chance to win something.

    ———————————————–

    Brady “destroys” Manning? HAHAAHAH!! The Patriots have usually had the better teams, but the Colts, since Manning was drafted, have ALWAYS had the better QB. Did you like Brady’s 57 QBR last night?

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 23, 2012 8:29 AM

    Stating the obvious…almost everybody wants Peyton Manning on their team.

  20. tb12eatitbitches says: Jan 23, 2012 8:30 AM

    Who gives a poop. He’s done.

  21. mwm367 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    There’s not enough money in the world to get Manning to go to the Bucs. Why would anyone want to go to that disfunctional mess.

  22. starfan79 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    Miami gets Manning, make a few changes and pick up another WR, they could be pretty damn good

  23. savocabol1 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    Is this really news? You can say this headline for every single team that has a QB need.

  24. flash1283 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:31 AM

    terripet says:
    Jan 23, 2012 8:19 AM
    manning has a winning record against pretty boy BRADY
    ————

    Uh, WRONG!!!

    They have played 13 times regular season and playoffs, Brady leads 8-5.

    Advantage “pretty boy Brady”

    Its called Google, use it!

  25. sikkcaden says: Jan 23, 2012 8:32 AM

    Whoa, a team would be interested in signing Peyton Manning? What’s next, a story about a team interested in signing Bill Belichick if he comes available?

  26. tiredofblatheringnflexperts says: Jan 23, 2012 8:33 AM

    Are these the same sources the herald cited when they said that Philbin is out of the running for HC and McCoy lost the gig because he was not willing to keep Bowles as Def Coordinator. Fool you once shame on them, fool u twice shame on you, fool you three times get a new job.

  27. mikea311 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:35 AM

    Can we just say that every team except a few teams (Saints, Packers, Giants, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Lions, and Eagles) are interested in Manning.

    ———–

    why wouldn’t the Eagles? Its not like they have a good QB or anything.

  28. flash1283 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:37 AM

    marinephinfan says:
    Jan 23, 2012 8:29 AM
    lolb23 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 8:08 AM
    haha why so Brady can continue to destory him? Go to the Cards you’ll have a much better chance to win something.

    ———————————————–

    Brady “destroys” Manning? HAHAAHAH!! The Patriots have usually had the better teams, but the Colts, since Manning was drafted, have ALWAYS had the better QB. Did you like Brady’s 57 QBR last night?
    ————-
    Did you like seeing Brady score the winning TD?
    Do you like seeing Brady go to his 5th SB?

  29. wikidpissah says: Jan 23, 2012 8:39 AM

    styx630 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:15 AM

    And this going to turn out the same way as when they “aggressively pursued” Jeff Fisher.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And Jim Harbaugh

  30. jasonwhitlockalterego says: Jan 23, 2012 8:42 AM

    If Manning is indeed available, you could replace ‘Dolphins’ in this title with 75% of the league

  31. dolphinsfan69 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:45 AM

    If Manning is healthy then I want him our team are u kidding me?? Then have Reggie Wayne come home to Miami and have him pair up with B Marshall.. That would be an exciting offense that we haven’t seen in a long time… But like I say if Manning is healthy and becomes available then u have to go after him….

  32. purplengold says: Jan 23, 2012 8:46 AM

    No need for him to sleep with the fishes. Three neck surgeries should be enough to convince him to just set it down…
    step away from the ball…
    step away from the ball…

  33. aaronrwest says: Jan 23, 2012 8:47 AM

    Peyton has taken his last NFL snap.

  34. bears1818 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:48 AM

    What is the obsession with Matt Flynn, the guy plays one game this year and does well and he is the next Scott Mitchell.

  35. paardenoog says: Jan 23, 2012 8:48 AM

    NO, no , no Steven Ross, that would be another dumb move. you would be Minnesota/chilli/favre #2

  36. hodag54501 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:51 AM

    Remember that Manning was practicing with the Colts toward the end of the season, though he didn’t play.
    My suspicion is the Colts already know if he can play.
    This is obvious, but seems to be overlooked. Why would the Colts let him go? With Ryan Leaf in mind, no QB is a sure thing, even Andrew Luck. So if you have a healthy Manning, you trade the #1 for a boatload of picks/players and move forward with Manning. If he’s healthy, the Colts say so and start taking offers through the grapevine. I haven’t heard any.
    My suspicion is he can’t play. So they will wait the league year starts (five weeks) and cut him. If some other team wants him, well, that’s their concern, healthwise. The Colts save the $28 million, and have not one, but two, very good QB options in the draft front of them.
    Topping it all, of course, is that Rob Lowe might be correct.

  37. emaimo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 8:53 AM

    Matt Flynn to Miami a lot more sense. If we get Peyton he is going to have to learn an entirely new offense, and he is coming off a bad injury. I love Peyton but I think he should accept the role as head coach for the colts and Andrew luck, rather than playing against Tom Brady twice possibly 3 times a yr.

  38. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 23, 2012 9:04 AM

    marinephinfan says:
    Did you like Brady’s 57 QBR last night?
    ——————————————————–
    The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl anyway, so yeah, I’m okay with it.

    Dude had one of his best seasons EVER, I’ll give him a pass on one game, that they still won.

    A stupid post from a fan whose team wasn’t even IN the playoffs!

  39. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 23, 2012 9:06 AM

    Not a Pats or Colts fan … but I’d take Brady over Manning 10 times out of 10.

    You need to have a guy who can get it done in crunch time. Manning usually has issues.

  40. donttazemebro says: Jan 23, 2012 9:09 AM

    this would be an incredible move…….If this was 2005

  41. huejackson says: Jan 23, 2012 9:11 AM

    IF IF Manning can play I heard he is going to the Raiders trade which includes Palmer going to the Dolphins

  42. jr4real says: Jan 23, 2012 9:14 AM

    Driving the price up of a guy who cant play. They should take his ownership rights back.

  43. cantonbound13 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:15 AM

    Just like they were going to bring in Cowher, Gruden, Harbaugh or Fisher. They also said they would bring in a qb that would compete with Henne last year. Talk is cheap Ross. The fact is you, Ireland & Peterson could never convince people to play or coach under your incompitent front office.

  44. dcfan4life says: Jan 23, 2012 9:16 AM

    Can we just say that every team except a few teams (Saints, Packers, Giants, Steelers, Patriots, Texans, Lions, and Eagles) are interested in Manning.
    _______________________________

    Without making ridiculous claims and insulting teams with a permanant option at QB, your list of teams with no need for a QB is small. Whether people like it or not a lot of teams are set at QB. The teams that need a QB are Washington, Seattle, Arizona, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Miami, and Indianapolis. The teams that may upgrade are the Jets, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and Denver. Thats 11 total teams out of 32 that need a QB upgrade, leaving RG3, Luck and Matt Flynn in great shape. And if Miami does go after Manning, Henne would be a good pickup if he stays healthy.

  45. wikidpissah says: Jan 23, 2012 9:17 AM

    marinephinfan says: Jan 23, 2012 8:29 AM

    Brady “destroys” Manning? HAHAAHAH!! The Patriots have usually had the better teams, but the Colts, since Manning was drafted, have ALWAYS had the better QB. Did you like Brady’s 57 QBR last night?
    ————————————————-
    Brady 16-5 in playoffs; P Manning 9-10.

    Manning has almost always had better offensive talent around him, and in most of those 10 losses the Colts were favored to win.

    QBRs are for losers. The Ravens have a great defense and Brady didn’t play well. But when the ravens went up by 4 in the 4th quarter, Brady led that Patriots down the field and despite a phenomenal goal line stand by the Ravens carried twice, the second time over the top, sacrificing himself for the TD with ray Lewis making him pay. So much for “pretty boy.”

    Games like yesterday are when you’d see the familiar Peyton with both hands on his helmet, shaking his head. Brady is resilient, like the rest of the Patriots.

    Keep your QBR’s, I’ll take the W’s.

  46. thejabronisayz says: Jan 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    First the Cardinals “will go after Peyton Manning” if he’s available, now the Dolphins “will go after Peyton Manning” if he’s available.

    Riddle me this: what team that needs a QB would NOT go after Peyton Manning if he’s available?

  47. ironworker329 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:29 AM

    The chance to settle the Brady is God argument could prove inticing to Peyton.

  48. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:34 AM

    Meh, as a Dolphins fan I’d rather get a guy who will be a starter for the next 15 years then another stopgap. This will also handicap us in signing guys like Nicks who would be amazing for the Dolphins or re-signing guys like Soliai. Not to mention, extending Cameron Wake which should be done. It’s a huge risk, and I don’t know if the opportunity cost is worth it.

  49. purpleman527 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:47 AM

    First Arizona, now Miami.

    NEWSFLASH: 18 other teams will pursue Manning, if available.

  50. jcd213 says: Jan 23, 2012 9:48 AM

    Brady vs Manning… twice a year! Thats how you sell tickets Mr. Ross!

  51. thewizardofbs says: Jan 23, 2012 9:51 AM

    When Manning sees the clown car the dolphin management drives up in to meet with him, he will quickly decline.

  52. dprouse says: Jan 23, 2012 10:06 AM

    Three neck surgeries in the last year and a half, and Peyton still isn’t close to being right. (If he was on the road to recovery, we would have heard about it in stereo by now.) Does anyone here really believe that the Colts will pay him $28 million without any clear evidence that he can play again? No way – they will release him before that happens, and Peyton and his agent have surely been told as much.

    Sometime after the Super Bowl, Peyton will have the opportunity to retire with dignity, and with his legacy intact. Let’s hope he takes it.

  53. jbcommonsense says: Jan 23, 2012 10:22 AM

    That’ll be a long line of teams eager to sign Manning.

  54. rooney24 says: Jan 23, 2012 10:26 AM

    thejabronisayz says:
    Jan 23, 2012 9:22 AM
    First the Cardinals “will go after Peyton Manning” if he’s available, now the Dolphins “will go after Peyton Manning” if he’s available.

    Riddle me this: what team that needs a QB would NOT go after Peyton Manning if he’s available?

    ———
    Answer to riddle: Any rebuilding team. If you are rebuilding, you need a lot of pieces. You can’t afford to trade pieces to get him, nor can you afford to tie up salary with him.
    And, even if “healthy” now, he might be one hit away from being finished. Why take that gamble, unless you are only a QB upgrade away from a playoff run? That limits the potential teams to those with a solid defense, OL, and at least one decent WR.

  55. goddamnthatsfunny says: Jan 23, 2012 10:52 AM

    Peyton if healthy will still be a colt

  56. dolphincritic says: Jan 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    Presuming Manning can play without a reasonable expectation of injury, don’t you think that a team like the Redskins or the Cowboys might be interested too? I mean, a healthy Peyton Manning can write his own contract with 90% of the teams in this league. My guess is that a Healthy Peyton Manning never leaves the Colts.

    I think we will be lucky to find a good group of assistant coaches and hire an overpaid Matt Flynn. We need to find at least one Free agent Offensive lineman too. These moves would allow us to draft Corner backs. I would like us to move Sean Smith to safety and go to a 4-3 with Wake and Burnett outside and Dansby in the middle. We really need to resign Soliai and Langford, both very marketable free agents.

    I imagine that the “Source” for this leak is someone in marketing who is trying to bump sales a little! There are people stupid enough to buy tickets based on a rumor that Peyton Manning is coming to town. Remember, every ticket they don’t sell at retail price ends up being sold to the networks for 34% of the face value. If you want to show the Dolphins that you are not happy, then don’t buy those tickets.

  57. emaimo80 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:15 AM

    Way to go Stephen Ross! Give Indy more reason to want to trade him to you rather than just release him. It’s fine if you want to outbid everyone for his services (it’s only your money). Don’t give up multiple draft pics for a qb that has only 1-4 yrs left and is coming off his 3rd neck surgery?!?! Instead give Matt Moore or Matt Flynn more weapons and we may be relevant for more than just a year.

  58. bigjd says: Jan 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    Smoke and mirrors

  59. gmen1987 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:58 AM

    Miami has such a good record at collecting other teams rejects and 3rd stringer at QB and having none of them work out. Peyton Manning won’t be any different.

    Miami fans are such tools.

  60. dolphins1121 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    Can somebody please tell me what is so wrong with Matt Moore? Sure he’s not ELITE, but only a few are. As the Niners proved, your QB doesn’t have to be elite, just good. I swear to god, Moore better get a fair shake this offseason.

    And for the love of god, NO MANNING!

  61. stinkfoot51 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    If Peyton has a brain he’ll never take another snap. He has plenty of legacy and money and shouldn’t risk becoming a parapalegic.

  62. suttonea76 says: Jan 23, 2012 12:25 PM

    To all the morons out there that think Miami wouldn’t vet Manning prior to offering a contract are ridiculous. No trade will happen as Indy will only pay him or cut him……period! Also, upon the conclusion of the physical, Miami would still incentivize his contract and place a clause that allows Miami to recoup monies if he was to miss starts! Manning will only entice teams to sign him if workouts go well! Taking one doctor’s opinion of his health won’t happen and Manning will only get a two year deal at best! Arizona and Washington have porous lines and no running game! Miami could still draft a QB in the first round and develop him as the rookie salary cap makes it easier for teams to avoid trading down and adding big name free agents. Most of you don’t know what the hell you are talking about! Go Fins!

  63. mobuccsfan says: Jan 23, 2012 1:45 PM

    I say this is all a moot point because I don’t think he ever takes a snap again. Something just tells me he is done. And it wasn’t Rob Lowe! I don’t think he will risk his long-term health. I bet he retires and then stays with the Colts in some coaching capacity for a few years, before becoming the head coach in three to six years. Just my opinion.

  64. gmen1987 says: Jan 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    dolphins1121 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:11 PM
    Can somebody please tell me what is so wrong with Matt Moore? Sure he’s not ELITE, but only a few are. As the Niners proved, your QB doesn’t have to be elite, just good. I swear to god, Moore better get a fair shake this offseason.

    And for the love of god, NO MANNING!

    =================================
    As Carolina fans who thought Matt Moore was the franchise.

    Alex Smith has talent, Matt Moore not so much.

  65. jackntorres says: Jan 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    and what did the 9ers prove about not having an elite QB?

    I dont think they are going to Indy in 2 weeks

  66. jessethegreat says: Jan 23, 2012 3:07 PM

    If Manning is healthy enough to play, write the Dolphins out of the equation.

    Snyder finally has a GM and coaching staff that will not stand by trading away picks and paying large amounts of money to over the hill free agents while mortgaging the future so you can write them out.

    You can also write out Patriots, Giants, Panthers, Packers, Steelers, Texans, Falcons, Ravens, Lions, Saints, Bears, and Chargers.

    I can’t see Titans (Locker), Rams (Bradford), or Minnesota (Ponder + fans expectations to develop future QB instead of placing band-aids) signing up for him.

    My Guess would be 49ers (they were a better QB away from the Super Bowl this year), or the Cowboys (this move has Jerry Jones move written all over it).

    My wildcard is the Broncos. It may be Elway’s way of moving on from Tebow without fully admitting he is not in support of him.

  67. conbro8 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Peyton Manning recently wrote in his journal on this. My buddy Rob Lowe got his hands n it for me; it reads:
    “The Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Jests will look up and shout ‘save us’…. and I’ll whisper ‘no’.

  68. kessler1066 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:21 PM

    I’ll be shocked if he is ever able to play at anywhere near the level he was at before his multiple surgeries. The Dolphins should go after Flynn.

  69. edcol3 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:26 AM

    Peyton’s done…if he’s smart and I think he is, he’ll retire and pursue a coaching career or broadcasting. He’s had 3 neck surgeries over the last year, why take the risk and play if you’re one crunching hit or sack away from a wheelchair ?
    Come on Peyton, you’ve had a HOF career and will be in on the first ballot…no question. If you really want a Manning right now, by all means it would be Eli, who won’t be available for quite some time yet. Come to your senses people, Peyton is done…if it was a question of taking the $28 Million or enjoying the rest of my life on my own two feet instead of a possible chair….I’ll take that first option every time….

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