Peyton Manning has had his freedom for more than a day. His camp has been leaking all sorts of details to the media, including teams interested in acquiring Manning’s services and his timetable for picking a new one.
But there has been nothing regarding when — or if — he’ll be showing a team that he can throw the ball well enough to justify a significant financial investment, along with placement at the top of the depth chart.
Surely, no team will offer him a contract without seeing him throw in person, and not through a grainy, 27-second YouTube video. So why isn’t he at a team facility right now, showing what he can do?
Some in league circles wonder whether he’s simply not ready to throw, despite his readiness to join a new team. If that’s the case, all it takes is one owner (cough . . . Stephen Ross . . . cough) sufficiently desperate to sell tickets now to take the requirement that he prove his abilities off the table.
In the end, if Manning chooses Miami, that could be the reason for it. Ross could be the only owner who’ll pay him millions, sight unseen.
Other than, of course, Jim Irsay last August.
Here’s more on the topic, from Thursday’s PFT Live.