Report: Peyton will pick team within week, prefers AFC to NFC

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Peyton Manning said Wednesday that he hadn’t started thinking about his next team before officially being released by the Colts, but a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN makes it seem like someone in his camp has been looking ahead.

Schefter reports that Manning will pick his 2012 team within the next week and that he has a preference to remain in the AFC over heading to the NFC. Both make a lot of sense.

Choosing a new home quickly would allow the chosen team to figure out the cap implications in time to jump into free agency without losing out on potential targets while waiting for Manning to decide. If there’s a need to massage the roster to create cap room or to make a move involving a quarterback presently on the roster, it can be done swiftly with an eye toward making other moves to bolster the roster around Manning. The only rub to that scenario is that Manning still needs to show teams how well he can throw.

As of now, there are now known workouts scheduled with any teams interested in making a play for Manning nor is there an open workout for any and all teams to attend. It’s hard to imagine any team making a deal with Manning based only of off the video from Duke or secondhand reports about his fitness. This issue can be taken care of quickly, though, and, assuming Manning can throw well, it wouldn’t take long to go from workout to contract if Manning is dead set on playing for that team.

The AFC over NFC preference makes sense from the standpoint of Manning’s familiarity with the conference as well as the fact that there appear to be more teams in the AFC that could thrust themselves into contention by acquiring a healthy and productive Manning. With the 49ers remaining steadfast in their commitment to Alex Smith, the other NFC teams thought to be in the mix would still have to deal with a strong group of contenders returning more or less intact. The AFC has good teams too, of course, but a Manning acquisition might do more to swing the balance of power on that side.

92 responses to “Report: Peyton will pick team within week, prefers AFC to NFC

  1. Funny how a con man is going to pick his mark and they’re going to just happily hand over $24+ million to him for what I’m sure will amount to be nothing.

  2. Come to Denver and join Indy’s other #1 overall QB pick. He did pretty well at the end of his career.

  3. My guess also is Miami.. I guess in perhaps a week we shall know but lets see he went to Miami and all of a sudden there are reports Miami not even thinking about Flynn anymore:)

    Seems like some of the writing is on the wall what writing is next? it very well may be Manning to Miami.

  4. The slappies are envisioning the 2004 Manning. What they’re really getting is the 2012 injured old man version. Mark my words, there will be many broken hearts.

  5. Okay, I should’ve said the Colts other #1 overall QB pick, it was when they were still in Baltimore, but anyway, come to DENVER.

  6. If he goes to an AFC South or AFC West team, you can pencil whatever team he is on for 6 wins. That makes it very likely the AFCCG would go through that city. No brainer.

  7. The only hang up he has with Denver is the weather which wasn’t even that bad this year it was 50 degrees in January. This is going to get interesting.

  8. The NFC is full of powerhouse or potential powerhouse team. Why would you want to fight through the playoffs as a wildcard team potentially facing the Giants, Saints and Greenbay. When in the AFC there isn’t as much to worry about.
    Looking at the AFC team, who else but Miami plays in nice weather or in a dome that really wants him and has potential to win and no the Texans do not want him? The answer is no one, so welcome to Miami Peyton.

  9. Figured he would make a decision quickly. Just has to sit back and listen to teams pitch their best offer to him while having his ego stroked. Must be nice.

  10. Class act as always!!! No foot dragging… no him hawing around… get right down to business!!! Could you see Drama Queen Favre in this situation…Good Luck in Miami Peyton and shove it down there throats!!!! #classact18

  11. dougyfresh9981 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:35 AM
    @miamike, you should probably learn how to spell his name before you try recruiting him to Miami

    Before you go correcting others spelling errors. You should learn how to properly write a sentecne. In fact I’ll do it for you.

    @miamike

    You should probably learn how to spell his name before you try recruiting him to Miami.

  12. If he wants an easier path to shot at a bye week and a home game in January, he’d have to take a good look at the AFC West.

    The Raiders are in disarray after years of mismanagement, and will probably get worse before they get better.

    The Chargers still have Norv Turner at coach, which means they’ll dig themselves another 1-4 hole at the beginning of the season and spend the rest of the year trying to crawl out of it.

    The Broncos and Chiefs are in similar situations, with some talent on the roster but seeming to lack the consistency at the QB position that’s required to take a team to the next level. Both have players they’ve invested something in playing the position (Tebow and Cassel). Of course, only one of them could sign Manning, leaving the other team in the same place they are currently.

    If Peyton goes to Denver or KC, that team immediately becomes the favorite to win the AFC West. I’m not so sure that’s true if he picks another division. If he goes to the Cardinals or Seahawks, for example, I think SF is still the favorite in the NFC West. If he goes to the Jets or Dolphins, the Patriots will still be favored in the AFC East. If he picks the Texans, they’d be favorites, but they’d probably be favored to win the AFC South anyway.

  13. just change the url for this site to

    peytonmanningnews.com

    His balls have been washed nonstop for over 24 hours. The cult of Peyton.

    it is getting a little much

  14. I hope he goes to Miami..then the Browns can get Flynn clearing a path for my Redskins to get RG3.

  15. djstat

    Wow, good one! You seem like a spelling B junkie. But it’s cool man. I’d be pissed too if I lived in a sh!ty city and my team wasn’t going to sign a Hall of Fame QB.

  16. oh right like either of them will likely play each other in a Super Bowl…I think the Manning family has won it’s allotted number of Lombardi trophies…

  17. My bet is on Houston. Great defense. Cap space. A QB that they can get out from under easily because of his injury last year. Dome. Houston it is….

  18. mjkelly77 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:34 AM
    Funny how a con man is going to pick his mark and they’re going to just happily hand over $24+ million to him for what I’m sure will amount to be nothing.

    ___________________________________

    You realize this article is about Peyton Manning right? Not Michael Vick?

  19. I sure love Tim Tebow, but it wouldnt bother me a bit if he sits behind Peyton for a few years.

    Could be the makings of a great future rivalry Mallet vs Tebow…..

  20. mjkelly77 says:Mar 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    Funny how a con man is going to pick his mark and they’re going to just happily hand over $24+ million to him for what I’m sure will amount to be nothing.

    ———————–

    You’re talking about a guy that took a team on his back to 10-6 and then that team went 2-14 without him the next year.

    If Manning can still throw ok he is in the top 4 QBs in the NFL at least. He only missed a year. So did Brady a few years ago. Big deal. The Colts are idiots for letting him go. Sucking for Luck will soon be Sucking with Luck.

  21. Sure would not want to be a fan of the team that signs an egotistical damaged QB for too much $…

  22. As of now, there are now known workouts scheduled with any teams interested in making a play for Manning nor is there an open workout for any and all teams to attend.

    Good Lord. There are NO (now) known workouts, nor an open workout??

  23. What a brilliant move by Team Manning. his interest is super hot, emotions are high, get a team to sign over $30m + for this year and then by August everyone will find out he can’t throw more than 10 yards! Suckers!!!

  24. The slappies are envisioning the 2004 Manning. What they’re really getting is the 2012 injured old man version. Mark my words, there will be many broken hearts.

    ———-

    I think most are envisioning the 2010 Manning, who was great. If he can still make the throws (which I will assume if he gets a deal) then he’ll be back to his normal level of play for at least 2 years.

  25. Dolphins, Dolphins, all the talk I GOT NEWS FOR YA. They have NO Cap Room, NO cap room, Its not going to happen. Your talking Millions to Peyton “guaranteed money” I cant believe the majority of the media is ignoring this, Roughly 12 million to spend on Manning, Not even close to signing him. Drew Brees wanted, “what” 20 mil + a season?

  26. Manning just needs to have a Pro Day. Setup shop at some High School down there and invite all interested parties.

    I know he’s been working really hard to rehab, but it wouldn’t be in his best interest to risk getting tired, allow the jet lag of flying from Miami to Seattle (for example) or having a bad day and driving teams away.

    This way, every suitor gets to see the same Peyton Manning and can evaluate him on the same throws.

  27. Miami owner Stephen Ross wants him under contract so bad, I don’t think he cares if he works out for them or not.

  28. Manning will be thinking Super Bowl or bust where ever he goes. That means his best chance is to pick a team that already has a chance to win the division.

    I think KC is his best bet. Good defense and good defensive coach. He could come in and basically be the OC. They have some weapons. SD, Oakland and Denver are all flawed and KC can beat them with Manning there.

    In the other divisions the Patriots, Houston and Baltimore are all still there and are going to be hard to beat with our without Manning.

  29. Regardless of what team anyone may think he’s going to, you can bet he’ll be visiting Miami to see how wide Stephen Ross’s wallet opens. Other teams will have to compete with the money that Ross nonchalantly throws his way.

  30. lombardihero says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:35 AM
    My guess also is Miami.. I guess in perhaps a week we shall know but lets see he went to Miami and all of a sudden there are reports Miami not even thinking about Flynn anymore:)
    ===============

    He went to Miami after the press conference BECAUSE HE LIVES THERE.

  31. Houston– I’m not necessarily a fan of your team… But why in the hell isn’t there being any discussion on YOUR team having great interest in Peyton Manning?

    Weren’t you lacking QB in the playoffs last season?

  32. I’d like to see him on the Chiefs. Good defense, good offensive talent if Charles and Moeki bounce back from the ACL injuries. Deep threat in Bowe. Add if the R Wayne train follows…

  33. All the derogatory comments are obviously from jealous, insecure people. Manning is a superb QB. He’s been absent for a year but with his tenacious work habits he could be better than ever. He did play injured for several years. Doubt he’ll go anywhere in NFC. If Marino is recruiting (as reported) and Reggie Wayne is in the mix, Manning doesn’t have far to go for his workouts-already at his Miami home. Makes sense. Dolphins have been looking for that 1 great QB piece, since Dan retired. Here he is.

  34. i have always been a manning fam, he handles himself w class and is not about himself, just the team. as a bengals fan, unless he goes to pit, his team will be my #2 team this year…..gl peyton, and thanks for being classy and not selfish

  35. Even though I think he’ll wind up in Miami, Denver makes alot sense to me. Elway really doesn’t want Tebow but getting Manning will make him save face by chosing Manning over Tebow.

  36. 305fan says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:53 AM
    dougyfresh9981 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 10:35 AM
    @miamike, you should probably learn how to spell his name before you try recruiting him to Miami

    Before you go correcting others spelling errors. You should learn how to properly write a sentecne. In fact I’ll do it for you.

    @miamike

    You should probably learn how to spell his name before you try recruiting him to Miami.

     @305fan

    Sentence

  37. Yep he has a home in Miami great point so now he’s home to stay:) just an opinion that he plays for Miami but really not until he make an announcement do I know more than the guy claiming he is going to Denver:)

  38. To everyone whining about how much coverage this is getting:

    Get over yourselves. Yes, it’s a feeding frenzy, but it will be over in a week, if Manning has his way about it. Over one-third of the teams in the league have expressed an interest in acquiring him, so there are quite a few people who have an interest in where he goes.

    Compared to the year-in, year-out hype that surrounded Favre for the better part of five years, or the constant stream of stories about Tebow last year, Manningmania is a fart in a hurricane. Deal with it.

  39. My source has seen Peyton Manning meeting with Andy Reid this morning. I also heard 7 teams inquired about Michael Vick. Could it be true?

  40. trollhammer20 says: Mar 8, 2012 10:54 AM

    If he wants an easier path to shot at a bye week and a home game in January, he’d have to take a good look at the AFC West.

    ———————————-

    That’s laughable. Yes, the entire AFC West seems weak right now, but when those teams play each other, it’s war. Playing in the AFC West is an easy path to a quick retirement, not a playoff bye-week.

  41. Miami is going to have to restructure contracts and release guys to sign him. They will do it but he may not like the team he has left to work with.

  42. Well if healthy enough, he has 2, maybe 3 yrs to bring Elway and the Broncos another trophy. How will Tebow handle this?… We’ll see…

  43. Why do you suggest that no team will sign him without first knowing how strong his arm is? That’s exactly what the Colts did last year. It cost them $26 mil to find out what Manning knew when he failed to reveal that his arm was dead. The Colts assumed to their detriment that Manning would be honest and forthcoming about his medical condition before taking the deal. He fooled them.

    Now we’re hearing from his entourage, including his daddy, that he’s just fine. Sure. Maybe he is, maybe not. Manning hasn’t said one word to the effect that he’s ready to play, or ever will be ready.

    Manning will not throw a football in public until after he gets a generous guaranteed contract. Caveat emptor, all you billionaire owners.

  44. The best path to the SuperBowl for Peyton goes through the AFC West or South. He doesn’t want any part of the East or North, and he doesn’t want to go to the NFC, I’m guessing, so that he and Eli are in different conferences.

  45. Sure seems like Dolphin fans are getting set up to be disappointed. What if Peyton says “i appreciate it, but i’m going to play for____.

    IMO, the Texans & Chiefs are the best AFC scenarios for him to win a championship this year or the next. Miami? You people forgot that 0-6(?) start pretty quick.

  46. Denver actually makes the most sense. That defense coupled with Manning on offense would be one hell of a team. He’s going to Denver, Elway will pull the trigger and Tebow will show us just how good of a guy he actually is. Tebow would expose himself as a fraud if he whined and complained about being behind Manning for obvious reasons. It would be good for him to learn from a pocket passer…unless he is compelled to change positions (which Denver might push for, but I doubt it).

  47. Bullcharger… Sorry to tell u but Colts aren’t stupid for releasing him. Maybe they know something that u other fans teams don’t know. Let’s see him throw it far and pass a teams physical. 4 neck procedures. A year away from football and 36 years old. And your team is a instant SB team? Dream on!

  48. I can’t believe Peyton has been able to get away with robbery from the Colt’s. He signed an extension in July for $69M over the first 3 years knowing he had the neck injury and was paid $23M in 2011 for nothing. Now he’s upset that he is not getting his $28M bonus and wants to be a free agent.

    If I were Irsay I would have publically offered him $5M for this year and said that the $23M he was given for nothing last year should should have gone towards the $28M he was owed this year.

    The Colt’s trusted that Peyton was healthy and you can essentially say that he stole $23M from the team. How is this getting over looked?

  49. He should go best with whatever uniform he looks best in.

    You can throw away the Chiefs, Peyton just doesn’t look good in red, you can see the Sept. 2008 article of GQ for reference.

    While the Dolphin’s aquamarine would certainly bring out the blue in his eyes I would not be at all opposed to him going to Denver either, those colors seem to clash well with him.

  50. He will probably go to a team with nice weather or a dome. Can’t really see him going out of his element and going to Denver or NY. Looking like Miami with Houston or KC as major dark horses.

  51. To all the fans who want their team to sign Manning:

    Manning will be a 36 year old QB coming off multiple major surgeries. NFL players in their late 30’s dont get better. Since peaking in 2004, Manning’s production has steadily declined every year. Manning’s post season performances are borderline at best. He has choked more often than he has won. The year he waon the SB he was average and his D lead the way. He will have to play in a new system for the first time in a long time which usually doesnt bode well. To me, this all adds up to a big disappointment for whatever team signs him and potentially mortgagaes their future.

  52. Manning Set to Choose Between Three Teams?
    According to CBS Sports’ Mike Freeman, a source close to Peyton Manning has told him that Manning’s decision is now down to Miami, Denver, and Washington. The team that offers the most guaranteed money is expected to win Manning’s services.

  53. Dungy and M Faulk have both said he’s not going to an NFC team because hates playing against his brother. So that eliminates half the possible suitors.

    Here’s a little reported recent quote from Peyton as well.

    “Dan Marino is my all-time favorite quarterback after my dad and my brother. He’s No. 3…. The Miami Dolphins have a great organization, great history. They have new people in place.”

    But none of this matters, what matters is Mrs Manning likes living in Miami. If your married, you know the significance, if your not married, good for you.

    -Peyton Manning 03/07/12

  54. JIMMANY CHRISTMAS. This might just be the worst group of people trying to spell I have EVER encountered. The article itself was was never proof read, and then you have people on all of these comments spelling NO now….Or “He be takin his talents to Sout Beach per Lebron” To where? Sout beach? Where is that?

    What about no way NOW how? Really?

    Lastly, Manning has a winter/summer house in Miami that he and his family live in during the off-season. So all of your Dolphin fans that have hard on’s because he went to Miami after the press conference, but really he was just going back HOME. Get over it.

  55. “NFC – Brees, Rodgers, stafford, manning, Ryan , cutler, Vick , romo.
    AFC- Brady, Big Ben.

    I’d pick the AFC too”

    I took the liberty of fixing your post for you.

    Apperently you mistyped by including the name of that overated choke artist QB from San Diego on your list.

    Your welcome.

  56. Raiders757 is right. I think Manning’s best chance to win a division is in the AFC West, but when those teams play each other, it’s nasty.

    Some of the best rivalries in football.

  57. Bottom line. The AFC has a lot less talent than the NFC. If peyton wants another superbowl it’s gonna be a lot easier with the lack of contenders in the AFC. Forget about playing against his brother and any other BS!

  58. 1) By this summer he will be 36 1/2 years old. Even if he weren’t coming off 1 1/2 years of inactivity he would STILL be 36 1/2 years old.

    2) His older brother Cooper could never play football because of neck problems. Peyton is coming off 2 neck surgeries.

    3) He is below .500 in the playoffs.

    4) Whatever team he goes to will STILL

  59. be new to him – they don’t know him he doesn’t know them. It takes time to get to know each other and that means LOTS of big hits until they do and IMO he is just ONE big hit away from a wheelchair.

    I am a Pats fan and I don’t like him but I respect his ability. The thing is this – I would respect him much more if he would – just this once – be a little bit less selfish and – just this once again – put his family ahead of him and retire.

  60. I guess with that logic the NFL should just shut down. Every QB including Brady (knee) is one hit from a wheelchair. I am a football fan and love Manning and Brady but come on man. Manning is a expert in knowing how to take a hit as is Brady or they wouldn’t have been around so long anyway. He is not going to pick a team to get hurt. He will know the linemen and the ability they have before he signs.

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