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Stephen Ross is “infatuated” with idea of signing Peyton Manning

Team owner Stephen Ross speaks about the hiring of new Head Coach Joe Philbin in Davie, Florida Reuters

Everyone expects the Dolphins to be in the market for a new starting quarterback this offseason.

If he’s available, Peyton Manning could well be at the top of their shopping list. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is “infatuated with the idea” of signing Manning should he part ways with the Colts. Per Jackson, Ross and the Dolphins believe they have a good chance at landing Manning because he owns a condo in South Beach.

Waiting to find out if Manning shares their infatuation and if he’s physically able to lead the team could be a risk if the Dolphins choose to go that way. If the Manning watch goes much beyond the March 13th start of free agency, the Dolphins will be in danger of losing Matt Flynn, the best free agent that we know will be on the market, to another suitor. That risk is worth it for a healthy Manning, but the team will need to get creative if they want an upgrade on Matt Moore next season without either Flynn or Manning on their roster.

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45 Responses to “Stephen Ross is “infatuated” with idea of signing Peyton Manning”
  1. justentertainingthestupid says: Feb 5, 2012 9:52 AM

    This would be unreal if it happens.

  2. wwwmattcom says: Feb 5, 2012 9:57 AM

    Very expensive short term fix. Peyton is old…er… I wouldn’t do it. Peyton is awesome though.

  3. mrbigass says: Feb 5, 2012 9:59 AM

    I’m infatuated with Salma Hayek but my wife tells me that ain’t gonna happen either……

  4. chadmurdigan says: Feb 5, 2012 10:00 AM

    Stephen Ross, like Dan Snyder, obviously has more money than brains.

  5. pastabelly says: Feb 5, 2012 10:03 AM

    The Dolphins will find a way to screw up their QB situation. They always do.

  6. billymc75 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:06 AM

    Here’s an idea why not draft a franchise QB for once

  7. paleandpasty says: Feb 5, 2012 10:11 AM

    I think manning to miami is a lock if he is healthy, can play and he gets cut.

  8. burgundyandgold says: Feb 5, 2012 10:12 AM

    Dan Snyder has learned his lesson. The league best watch out in the coming years because with him out of the way but signing checks the Skins will be back. So, good luck in Miami Peyton, you could not handle the nFC east anyway.

  9. illbringdabeers says: Feb 5, 2012 10:13 AM

    That’s really going to screw up the Jets signing him???

  10. duanethomas says: Feb 5, 2012 10:18 AM

    Is he a young Dan Marino to go along with their young Don Shula?

  11. empireredd says: Feb 5, 2012 10:22 AM

    Won’t manning have to clear waivers to sign with any team.no way he gets farther than Washington

  12. dolfan1 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:29 AM

    I hope the Pats enjoy there time at the super bowl cause once Peyton gets to the dolphins they won’t be getting there anymore!

  13. themanchine says: Feb 5, 2012 10:32 AM

    Peyton & Saturday to KC, Flynn & Reggie Wayne to Miami, Luck to Indy, RG3 to Cleveland, and Orton & Brock Osweiler to DC.

  14. neilpountney says: Feb 5, 2012 10:33 AM

    Won’t manning have to clear waivers to sign with any team.no way he gets farther than Washington
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    When you have been in the league for as long as he has of course he does not have to go through waivers!!!!

  15. dolphins4 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:47 AM

    This sounds like when the Dolphins signed Dante Culpepper but left Drew Brees sign somewhere else and we all see how that turned out.If the Dolphins are smart they’ll let someone else sign an injured and old Peyton Manning and then the Dolphins would be smart to sign a young superstar QB in waiting in Flynn.

  16. jersey73 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:47 AM

    Is that Stephen Ross or Harry Reid in that photo???

  17. fishtank86 says: Feb 5, 2012 10:52 AM

    billymc75 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:06 AM
    Here’s an idea why not draft a franchise QB for once

     After the first two there are no more left this draft

  18. kdbroom says: Feb 5, 2012 11:02 AM

    Peyton should just retire as a Colt if they no longer want him. I’d hate to see his career end up like Joe Montana’s, bouncing around from team to team just for a paycheck or another shot at a Super Bowl.

  19. bsizemore68 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:07 AM

    This condo business is not a sure bet, he may have a condo in Vail, I don’t think he will want to go to Denver. There are a lot of reason for him to be concern with, just wait and see if he gets cut, then all bets are off. Bill

  20. kayakattack says: Feb 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    Manning has more than 4 accrued seasons, he doesn’t go through waivers

  21. billsfan1 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:16 AM

    and then in 2 or 3 years the phins will be stuck in the same position. As much as i love Manning and would want him in Buffalo, this is a short term fix. It would work well i believe but this is the move you make when you believe you are close. Are the Dolphins that close? Idk. but this is a total boom or bust, make or break playoff run. It doesnt matter how much they or the Bills improve, there is still the mountain of the jets and pats to climb. Not crazy about the Jets but those two teams seem poised to run 1/2 for a few years in the division.
    we shall see.

    overall this would be a great move for them but how does it hinder them 2 years down the road?

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    “dolfan1 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:29 AM
    I hope the Pats enjoy there time at the super bowl cause once Peyton gets to the dolphins they won’t be getting there anymore!”

    Yeah and if wishes and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have party snacks to chew on.

    I think the Fins need a lot more than just a good quarterback to make themselves relevant again. Furthermore what made Manning great in Indy was his mastery of that offensive system and that many of the players around him had played under it for years.

    Now he’ll go to a different system, of the Dolphins players will have to learn his from scratch. This will not be an instant fix for any team.

  23. butterstone84 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    this reminds me of when Warner was on the cardinals. yeah it was great for them at the moment, but now look at them. We need a Franchise QB. This regime is so sad, it gets hard to call my self a dolphins fan. GO FINS!

  24. dolfan1 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:35 AM

    harrisonhits2—— Peyton had the Colts in the playoffs last year and they couldn’t hardly win a game without him….. The Dolphins have a way better defense than the Colts and better play makers and former Hurricane Reggie Wayne will probably follow him to Miami!

  25. jollyrob68 says: Feb 5, 2012 11:36 AM

    This is why the haven’t had a real QB after Marino. FInd a QB and train him.

  26. drunkenagitator says: Feb 5, 2012 11:39 AM

    Dumb move, Miami needs a long-term answer at QB, not a fading old stop-gap measure. When (not “if”, but “when”) he gets injured again you’re right back at square one, so what is the point besides milking some free press out of it? This is why the Dolphins haven’t been any good since the Shula era, no one knows what they’re doing down there.

  27. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Feb 5, 2012 11:40 AM

    As in “Andrew Stevens-Morgan Fairchild” infatuated? Or just a “wouldn’t it be cool” infatuated?

  28. phinfan says: Feb 5, 2012 11:47 AM

    Why is this team moving from Young & Long-term to Old and Short Term… must be the noodle brain owner.

  29. sdb0ltz says: Feb 5, 2012 11:49 AM

    I know its Manning and all… But I wouldnt want my team taking such an “all or nothing” risk for a QB that only has 2-3 years left in him, IF hes healthy. The Vikings showed us how far behind your qb situation is when things dont workout to perfection.

    That being said the Dolphins have crapped all over their QB positions for so many years I can understand why they have “Manning fever.” Id go for the younger, healthier, 1000 times cheaper, more long term Matt Flynn.

  30. sdb0ltz says: Feb 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    Id take a younger, healthier Matt Flynn any day over an old banged up Manning.

    Dolphins fans, dont forget that it was questionable if he would even play again, why would you want to take that risk. 3 neck surgeries in 1 year!? Cmooon maaaaaan!

  31. chad478 says: Feb 5, 2012 12:00 PM

    This would be a huge mistake and they would be right back to not having a QB in two years. Plus Manning isnt 100 percent. They should sign Flynn or trade up for RG3.

  32. cavemanna says: Feb 5, 2012 12:33 PM

    If Manning can play as long as B Favre did he’s got another 6 years. I’ll take that

  33. greysolon says: Feb 5, 2012 12:40 PM

    And by the fifth week of the season Ross will be “infatuated” with Donovan McNabb or Brady Quinn when Peyton goes on IR.

    Be smart, sign Flynn and have done with it.

  34. bensstinkyfingers says: Feb 5, 2012 12:40 PM

    Yeah so are at least 5 other owners. That stephen ross character is one goofy looking old dude. I guess I’d take on a cartoon like droopy dog looking face to have his money. Peyton to Cleveland 2012

  35. justentertainingthestupid says: Feb 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    I want Flynn and Manning.

  36. mistrezzrachael says: Feb 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    dolfan1 says:
    Feb 5, 2012 10:29 AM
    I hope the Pats enjoy there time at the super bowl cause once Peyton gets to the dolphins they won’t be getting there anymore!

    Thats a really dumb statement. The colts roster the last 10 years is so much better than anything Dolphins have fielded.

    Couple that with the dolphins inept ownership & a clueless GM…and about the only the they’d beat NE in…is much stronger halftime shows.

    Under Ireland & Ross…the Dolphins are a laughingstock..Makes the Wanny days look so good.

  37. backindasaddle says: Feb 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    Of course Ross is “infatuated” with making Peyton Manning a Dolphin. Peyton Manning will have “Glitz”… “Star Power”… “Celebrity Status”… “Hoopla”… ETc Etc Etc….

    Ross would be bringing him to Miami for “Glitz” first and for football second. This is why the Dolphins are doomed as long as this Circus promoter owns the teams.

  38. skitd says: Feb 5, 2012 2:06 PM

    Ross and the Dolphins will go all out to sign Peyton Manning and when he signs with another team after playing Ross like a fiddle (just like Jeff Fischer did) everyone associated with the Dolphins will tell everyone that they are glad they didn’t sign Manning after all. (Just like they did when Fischer signed with the Rams)

  39. mmmpierogi says: Feb 5, 2012 2:06 PM

    Dude is getting old and is coming back from a scary injury and some nasty surgery over the past year. Whatever team takes him is going to need to have him behind an offensive line that can offer him better-than-average protection.

    With that in mind … in 2011, the Dolphins were the fourth worst team in the league in hits allowed on QB (95), behind the Seahawks, the Rams, and the Redskins. Concerning sacks allowed, they were third worse (52), behind the Rams and the Cardinals. They were also below average in terms of sacks allowed in 2010 (although not quite so bad in terms of hits allowed on QB, to be fair).

    Those kinds of numbers can sometimes be just as much the QB’s fault as anyone else (having watched Roethlisberger week in and week out for the past eight years, I’m very aware of this), but still – Dolphins offensive line had some known issues going into last season. If I’m going to drop tons of cash on a late-career Peyton Manning with health concerns, recent surgery, and a year out, that’s not the kind of protection I’d want to have in front of him. Plus, I don’t buy into short-term fixes (see Vikings).

  40. dd393 says: Feb 5, 2012 2:51 PM

    Stephen Ross needs a full lobotomy. It won’t be long until Joe Philbin will be at the airport booking his flight back to Green Bay. Of his own accord.

  41. FinFan68 says: Feb 5, 2012 4:15 PM

    Manning’s potential effectiveness and Flynn’s potential effectiveness outside of Green Bay are essentially the same risk. Flynn is younger but Manning has proven he can get it done. Nobody knows how effective either will be in Miami. Luck and RG3 are the two potential franchise QBs in this draft. Tannehill, Foles and a couple of others might be good if given the right opportunity. I have no idea what the Dolphins will do. I think Moore earned the right to start but I don’t know if he has the goods to become great. Whatever the Dolphins do, I hope they choose wisely (or get lucky for once) and the Dolphins can get back on track with the talented team they already have.

  42. mykl954 says: Feb 5, 2012 5:04 PM

    Ross and the Dolphins will go all out to sign Peyton Manning and when he signs with another team after playing Ross like a fiddle (just like Jeff Fischer did) everyone associated with the Dolphins will tell everyone that they are glad they didn’t sign Manning after all. (Just like they did when Fischer signed with the Rams)
    ————————————————–
    Fact: naive Ross did get played like a fiddle – fortunately.

    Reality: Over 80% of Fins fans ranged from relieved to downright ecstatic that prissy Fisher with his control issues, outmoded offensive philosophies and mediocre seasonal record decided on The Rams. The belief that “there but for the grace of god go us” only intensified when he hired one of the worst OCs in the league.

  43. sundevil1982 says: Feb 6, 2012 11:25 AM

    This won’t happen as long as Larry has something to say about it.

  44. dolphinatic13 says: Feb 8, 2012 11:24 AM

    Go ahead and sign Manning and while you’re @ it go ahead and sing Reggie Wayne and while the pen is still out, go ahead and sign Jeff Saturday! Make the attempt to get Flynn so he can learn the game from a real pro and lets get back to the playoffs!

  45. tonyt33 says: Feb 23, 2012 12:07 PM

    In response to:

    kdbroom says:
    Feb 5, 2012 11:02 AM
    Peyton should just retire as a Colt if they no longer want him. I’d hate to see his career end up like Joe Montana’s, bouncing around from team to team just for a paycheck or another shot at a Super Bowl.

    Bad & inaccurate comparison you are trying to make between Montana to Manning’s situation. Montanan hardly bounced around teams at the end of his career. While Manning presumably will be a free agent, Montana was actually traded to the Chiefs. He played pretty well for them, as was named to the Pro Bowl the first season he played with KC, he was the last KC QB to win a playoff game and when the 49ers played the Chiefs in season after he was traded, Montana & the Chiefs beat, Steve Young in the 49ers.

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