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Don’t rule out a surprise team for Peyton


On Thursday night, we dropped a hint that Peyton Manning would be heading to Stillwater on Friday.  This one shouldn’t be interpreted as a hint.


When assessing the teams that could land Peyton Manning, it would be prudent to keep in mind the possibility that some team will swoop in out of nowhere and sign him.

Last year, the Eagles did just that with Nnamdi Asomugha, coming from off the radar screen to snag the crown jewel of the 2011 free-agent class.

The difference this time around is that the Eagles had the ability to insist on secrecy.  Manning has no reason to make any promises of discretion — unless, of course, the team that decides to slide in out of nowhere is a team like the Texans, Ravens, or 49ers, any of whom could give Manning that which he surely covets.

The chance to get his hands on the Lombardi Trophy for a second time.

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96 Responses to “Don’t rule out a surprise team for Peyton”
  1. bigjimatch says: Mar 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    While we’re at it, don’t rule out any AFL teams either.

  2. virusgvr says: Mar 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    Rodgers backup in GB? Hmmmmm… Just let that mellow on your brain for a bit.

  3. jersey73 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:06 AM

    The St. Louis Rams will sign Peyton & Reggie Wayne.

    Steven Jackson at RB, plus taking the OT from USC makes the Rams attractive with an aggressive, young defense and Jeff Fisher at HC.

  4. delaney37 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:07 AM

    KC no need to visit since they already offered him a contract. You think Clark Hunt goes on the public record saying they want him and nothing not even a visit???? Also Romeo almost tampering. Kind of funny.

  5. rip4gehrig says: Mar 11, 2012 11:08 AM

    Do you really think Philly is going to have 40 mil in QB’s on the roster?

  6. dericivy says: Mar 11, 2012 11:09 AM

    Since Seattle info in regards to Manning has fallen off the map, maybe they will be the team.

    A Seahawk ‘swooping’ in and nabbing Peyton?

    Could work…

  7. LaronLandry'sBiceps says: Mar 11, 2012 11:09 AM

    So he’s going to sign with Oklahoma State???

  8. cali49er707 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:10 AM

    its the 9ers……….. they cant come out and say it because, of alex’s fragile confidence & if peyton signs somewhere else then they save face and act like alex was the man all along thats why the hold up on the smith deal, & lets not forget they are both repped by tom condon

  9. mrnickles says: Mar 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    Been saying he’s going to Baltimore for a while now. Other than some cold weather, I don’t see a better fit for Peyton.

  10. ern215 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    anywhere but denver, san francisco, kansas city, tampa bay, ………..and i guess thats it
    sincerely, ERN THE RAIDER!!

  11. bigjdve says: Mar 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    This makes sense. The Texans might go for it because Schaub is nearing the end of his contract and last year they made the playoffs without him, so it could be said that the QB is the missing link with the run last year.

    While Schaub is a good QB, a healthy Manning is still better, even with a questionable arm.

  12. skipbayless says: Mar 11, 2012 11:12 AM

    If the Eagles swooped in and got him, they might actually get one of those things Peyton is holding in his hands in the picture.

  13. bett10 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    Can we quit tagging the chiefs in these manning updates. Pioli can’t get in the front door.

  14. h3min1230 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    Haven’t seen a bounty article in quite some time, change that?

  15. billymc75 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    I’ve been saying for days that Tenn is a surprise team home town, he knows the division, and sticking it to the Colts.

  16. ozierdisaster3335 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    Brian urlacher thinks peyton Manning is a good running back

  17. dccowboy says: Mar 11, 2012 11:15 AM

    So what exactly would the Eagles do with Vick if they sign Peyton? Vick isn’t exactly a spring chicken and the Eagles made a huge commitment to him last season. If they cut him they take almost a $9 mil cap hit. If they sit him they are absorbing a $14 mil cap hit for a backup.

  18. gsiggins says: Mar 11, 2012 11:16 AM

    Niners make a lot more sense after that Mark Sanchez extension, keeping Smith’s price higher than what they want to pay him.

  19. dave0320 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:16 AM

    Don’t rule out the Chiefs!

  20. jimbo75025 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:20 AM

    “possibility that some team will swoop in out of nowhere and sign him.”


    ……and in other news, water may be wet and the sun may rise tomorrow.

    Anything can happen, we get it.

  21. corchamp says: Mar 11, 2012 11:20 AM

    The surprise team is….The Colts!

  22. itsmammoth says: Mar 11, 2012 11:21 AM

    So… the Oklahoma State Cowboys?

  23. wtfru2 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:21 AM

    Of the big three you mention, the 49rs are the ones that most need a QB to take them over the top. It’s time, go get him!

  24. itsmammoth says: Mar 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    Great Jerry… but can he play defense?

  25. holdthemayo123 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    What makes you think he cares about winning a championship? To date he has only cared about getting paid and I wouldnt expect that to change.

  26. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    The only team that would totally shock me is the Patriots.

  27. vontazemebro says: Mar 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    Ottawa Rough Riders

  28. lolb23 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    Bronco for sure. And I’m a Tebow fan.

  29. tom1954 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:24 AM

    And don’t rule out retirement. Don’t rule out signing with the Cubs. Don’t rule out anything because no one not even PM knows what’s going on. Everything is just speculation.

  30. phillyphever says: Mar 11, 2012 11:24 AM

    I’m still thinking he’s going to Arizona.

  31. chatham10 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:25 AM

    I have watched football since 1958 and Manning is one of the great passing qb’s that have been in the league but as teams fall all over him I always keep in mind no matter how well he runs a team that in 14 years he has brought his team to only two Super Bowls and only won once. The press and talking heads say a qb is judged by how many Super Bowls he has won. I never hear about Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Doug Williams and they have won as many as Manning.

  32. sammythebull44 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:25 AM

    Houston Wranglers

  33. hoosierdadi says: Mar 11, 2012 11:25 AM

    Awesome insight.


  34. kingjoe1 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    Philly or Houston is where he will really end up. KC? AZ, really? If he wants to go out with a wimper like Montana.(yes I know KC went to the AFC championship game in 1993) Manning has 3 more years which he could be at the top of his game. The Texans and Philly have the best staffs to go along with his talent.

    Texans has an advantage in that it aint cold there and they are in the AFC.

  35. downslide33 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    Houston makes perfect sense for Manning.

  36. gmsalpha says: Mar 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    What kind of “story” is this? Here are a few other ideas for updates.

    1. The Dolphins don’t actually play in the city of Miami.

    2. Michael Vick is expected to be the Eagles starting QB.

    3. Kolb is pronounced “Cobb”.

    4. Seahawks owner Paul Allen has two first names.

    5. Jimmie Johnson races cars. Jimmy Johnson coached football.

    I mean….come on man!

  37. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 11, 2012 11:27 AM


    Manning + Moss

  38. cuda1234 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS. The Brees thing is getting ugly and Peyton could end his career with his hometown team wearing Archie’s #8.

  39. pestilence1972 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:29 AM

    I think Minnesota could be that team. They would love Ponder to get smart behind Manning. Plus they already have a solid 2/3 QB in Webb. And then think of the opportunities they have to “get the band back together”. Wayne, Garçon, Clark and Addai could all find homes on the Vikes. Right now, the Vikes have zero #1&2 WR, if Harvin goes back to the Slot. With Shianco leaving in FA, Clark could help out. And ADrian Peterson is coming off a knee rebuild. Why not get Addai to take the load off?

    And the final piece? They have the #3 draft pick to go for a left tackle. Manning would appreciate that.

    Tell me where I am wrong&

  40. shiva1008 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    “The chance to get his hands on the Lombardi Trophy for a second time.”

    Pathetic that you write for a living, yet you can’t even bother to learn how to do that properly.

  41. rollteal says: Mar 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    I could see curve ball out there.

  42. tommyf15 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:31 AM

    holdthemayo123 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    What makes you think he cares about winning a championship? To date he has only cared about getting paid and I wouldnt expect that to change.

    Most people are capable of prioritizing more than one thing.

    (My apologies to those that don’t need the obvious explained to them).

  43. 49ers4ever says: Mar 11, 2012 11:31 AM

    No way he ends up in SF.

  44. skipbayless says: Mar 11, 2012 11:31 AM

    BREAKING NEWS whoever signs Peyton, must sign Reno Mahe.

  45. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 11, 2012 11:33 AM

    He will be wearing purple. He is coming to Baltimore. Everyone knows Flacco is terrible.

  46. charmcityalum says: Mar 11, 2012 11:33 AM

    Come on. The Ravens are not signing Peyton Manning. Let’s put aside the fact that they are trying to work out an extension for the QB they already have on the roster that has lead them to the playoffs every year he’s been there. The Ravens aren’t that far under the cap and have 7 of their own free agents to deal with.

  47. blue22ro says: Mar 11, 2012 11:34 AM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Baltimore was the team… Flacco’s on the last year of his conract. If Baltimore was REALLY committed to him, he would have already signed a big contract extension. Plus, Manning would have the one thing he had during his championship season, a defense. Could you imagine Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Peyton Manning in the same locker room? It would be a nice way for each of them to finish out their careers.

  48. donterrelli says: Mar 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    I’m picking San Fran, Baltimore, Houston, or Tennessee.

  49. deangelo1776 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:36 AM


  50. grogansheroes says: Mar 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    Am I the only one out here that thinks it is too much to expect Manning to be as good as he was the last time he played? It will be two full years, almost, the last time he took a snap. he is coming off a nerve injury that affects his arm. If he is 90%, those pinpoint throws he used to complete, would now be incompletions, or picks. Plus he is playing in a new offence, with all new players, a new team, and maybe a different conference. He has spent 14 years honing his craft with the Colts. It will be very difficult, even if he is healthy, to be the player he was before. Just look at Brady. Out for the year with a knee. In 2009 he was pretty good, with the SAME team. In 2010, he was MVP. It took him a full year after the injury to be the same player, and he was 32 when he got hurt, not 36. Big difference.

  51. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    I hate the Raiders, but I find it interesting all the moves they have made to free up salary. Manning a Raider? That would be funny.

  52. mketechy says: Mar 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    How about the Saints?
    1. Drew Brees has not yet been signed to a long term deal, Saints have been trying to get him signed the last two years. Brees has stated that he will skip camp unless he gets the deal he wants.
    2. Manning family’s connection to Saints (Archie Manning would love to see his son win a Superbowl in the Big Easy)

  53. bett10 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:46 AM

    No one knows if the chiefs really have offered Peyton a contract. Clark Hunt is to cheap to be this race.

  54. natisportsnut says: Mar 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    Jerry Jones has been awfully quiet on this

  55. rocketdogsports says: Mar 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    The Dalls Cowboys will not get to any Super Bowl with Tony Romo.

    They have a much improved chance with Peyton Manning.

  56. lancelotlinc says: Mar 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    Whose offensive line kept that head bolted on to that body for all those years in Indy?

    Mike you might be on to something.

  57. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:11 PM

    How about the Retirement Team! He’s done and can’t throw it 15 yards. Loozer teams fighting over a damaged QB. Desperate times!!

  58. jgava19 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:11 PM

    Ain’t happening.

  59. sylar1888 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:12 PM

    Could you imagine P. Manning, A. Johnson, K. Walter, R.Wayne or D. Clark, with A. Foster. Houston’s offensive line is already very good and their defense was ranked second in the league. <—- With that roster, they'd have to go out of their way not to make it to the Superbowl. (Can you say sleeper team)?

  60. dawglbfan says: Mar 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    The Texans… What would he want more than to beat Luck and Irsay twice a year.

  61. johnnyb1976 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    Anywhere but the AFC north….. Then again he would never sign with baltimore cause he would be getting the stuffing knocked out of him 6 times a season. Peyton will go somewhere with a good O-line to protect him and the weapons to get him where he wants to be…… Im thinking Miami or Tennessee would be the best fit for him.

  62. xpensivewinos says: Mar 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    Manning to the Saints and then the Saints trade Brees to Miami for, well…….whatever the Saints want.

  63. ernie ernie says: Mar 11, 2012 12:21 PM

    The Vikings are committed to rebuilding and Manning would not fit that scenario. Besides the fans can only take so much after the Favre fiasco so if Manning is going to Stillwater, its to shop and take a river boat ride, albet on the ice.
    Besides there are no receivers to pass to and the Vikes may have some games outside in the bitter cold the next three years, no chance of him wanting to do that.

  64. gmen4life33 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    Ive been saying this since the start, he HAS TO sign with Houston. Nothing else makes sense

    Indoor – Check
    Weather – Check
    Top 3 WR – Check
    Weak Division (IND lol, JAC, TEN) – Check
    Revenge Factor (yea, there is) – Check
    All Around Team (contender with 3rd string) – Check

    What other team offers this? Peyton is going to HOU, he just doesnt want to make it look like he was set on them from the gate (opposite of what Farve did)

  65. mwcarolina says: Mar 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    i thought Denver was that surprise team because i had he favorites as Miami, Arizona and then NY Jets.

  66. azpackerbacker says: Mar 11, 2012 12:31 PM

    If you really think he’s playing in Philly in that presure cooker with Vick still there and having to face his little brother twice a year then by all means start plunking down the $150 for a fake Manning Eggles jersey in eBay, and do it right now!! You eagles fans are so delusional at times!!

    Baltimore IMO is the surprise team. Great defense and up and coming skill players. The smart money still says Miami but its going to cost them a lot more than it would have a few days ago.

  67. laeaglefan says: Mar 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Could Howard Mudd in Philly be the secret weapon to lure Manning?

    Michael who? See ya!

  68. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    saints inbred “fans” want to get manning? what a buncha retards! kill them all with a hurricane!

  69. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 11, 2012 12:51 PM

    seattle, arizona, new orleans, dallas, oakland and philly would all be the most RETARDED teams for him to go to

  70. paintan8 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:51 PM

    Houston or New Orleans. Baltimore has no cap space.

  71. sean6886 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    I heard the Miami Heat was his next stop. Surprise!

    The media is going out on too many limbs with the Peyton storyline.

    The Chiefs, Washington, Jets and Seahawks are out of the picture. I don’t think (strictly my opinion) that he wants to play for an NFC team out of respect for Eli. I seriously thought at one point he would become a Dolphin but the more I think about their circus quasi celebrity atmosphere/ownership the more I think their chances are done. I really think at this time the Broncos have the best chance for a lot of the reasons others here have pointed out. Tebow will be a Jag before the end of the month. Wouldn’t be surprised if Elway and Jags management haven’t already been on the phone to discuss the possibilities.

  72. godzilla111111 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:00 PM

    Manning to the Ravens?

    No way. Anyone who thinks so doesn’t know the team or, more specifically, O. Newsome.

    Flacco was one dropped pass from the SB, won more games in his first four years than anyone else and is 10 years younger.

  73. brenenostler says: Mar 11, 2012 1:11 PM

    I’ve had the Vikings as my dark horse to land Manning this whole time.

    Watch it actually happen.

  74. i10east says: Mar 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    The 2011 AFL Champion Jacksonville Sharks!!!

  75. EJ says: Mar 11, 2012 1:26 PM

    Stillwater, NY?
    Stillwater, MN?
    Stillwater, OK?
    Stillwater, PA?
    Stillwater, CA?
    Stillwater, NO?
    Which one? You might need to specify…
    There is more than one Stillwater.

  76. thesportgenius says: Mar 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    In other news, Jerry Jones suffering from concussion like symptoms fires the HC and OC, releases Tony Rome, and signs Peyton Manning to replace all 3. America’s Team now has America’s QB and Jones predicts all home games will be a sellout including seats that don’t exist. ABC announced that all MNF games will feature the Cowboys for 2012, signaling that the world indeed is coming to an end.

  77. senky3 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    i am amazed that everyone is jumping on the manning wagon. what proof does anyone have that he can throw? i don’t want to hear about a 60% manning is still better than most qbs because that is pure bs. manning’s claim to fame has always been being a field marshall on the field. with a new team it doesnt work like is did in indy, sorry

  78. r8erswilldebacleyou says: Mar 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    It’s the Steelers —- with them sending Big Ben to Miami for 3 #1 picks & a new contract.

  79. db3300 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:44 PM

    “Been saying he’s going to Baltimore for a while now. Other than some cold weather, I don’t see a better fit for Peyton.”

    You forgot about the fact that it’s Baltimore. Sorry Ravens. You’re out.

  80. gobulls68 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    The Cowboys make the most sense to me. Great skill position players. Manning would be a huge upgrade over Romo. Plus, I can picture Manning wearing the star on his helmet.

    Give Romo one of those new TaylorMade 3-woods as a parting gift and send him on his way.

  81. godzilla111111 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:09 PM

    db3300 says:
    Mar 11, 2012 1:44 PM
    “Been saying he’s going to Baltimore for a while now. Other than some cold weather, I don’t see a better fit for Peyton.”

    You forgot about the fact that it’s Baltimore. Sorry Ravens. You’re out

    See above comment.

  82. liddogg33 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:15 PM

    Sad that weather would keep him from going to the team most ready for him.. Four first round draft picks on the oline.. Excellent possesion receiver in Doug Baldwin.. Speed over the top receiver in Sydney Rice.. 6“6“ Mike Williams.. Zach Miller.. 1,000 yard BEAST MODE.. BEST SECONDARY IN NFL as well as stout young up and comming defense.. OHHH AND BEST HOMEFIELD ADVANTAGE IN LEAGUE ALONG WITH RICHEST OWNER..

    P.S. if he signs with the cardinals mark my words.. The seahawks sign Mario Williams and Pete Carrol sends Williams, Clemmons, and CAM CHANCELLOR ALL IN ON ENDING MANNINGS CAREER!!!! Good luck #18!!

  83. stampnhawk says: Mar 11, 2012 2:21 PM

    Not sure why the visits mean anything when it comes to free agents, espcially high priced ones.

    Through the agents and thier contacts and other clients, former teammates etc etc, you know that Place A has a nice training facility and a nice owners. You know the team, the record, the coach, all that, from all the league info and sources.

    Its a dog and pony show really…the best thing for a guy like Manning to do is show up unannounced and see how the organization deals with that, and he’d get a better look as to how they run operations 364 days of the year otherwise (again, if that matters, he already should know the lay of the land where he’s going, before he get there)

    I guess I can’t see a 12+ year veteran, who can pick his price and pick his location, and having been around the league as long as he has and been to Arizona 4 of 5 times probably as a player, be convinced/swayed simply by a visit to a city, something he didn’t know already. Of course he’s going to get the “well do everything to builda winning team around you” “everything to make you and your family feel at home for the rest of your career” wherever he goes.

    It comes down to talking dollars and term, and if any team was serious, the owner/president would be coming to see him rather then wait for him.

    Long story short, I believe another team can very well involved. He hasn’t scheduled to Seattle, but all it takes is one phone call, and he’ll be there to get hs jersey given to him with hundreds of flash bulbs. These visits have been fact finding missions maybe, taking teams up on all expense paid trips (like he worries about money) to listen what he has to say, and go through the fun of being a free agent for the first and only time in his career…and I can’t believe a visit to Phoenix or Denver for 36h is going to sway what he’s already thinking as far as the contracts that have already been offered to him.

  84. stairwayto7 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:31 PM

    Why do I keep saying Jacksonville and people laugh? They git a new owner, MJD and a very good and underrated def. Play in the sun and can get revenge on Irsay 2 times a year!

  85. tedesco47 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:42 PM

    Can you people actually read?
    The article states that the Eagles were a surprise team LAST year when they got Asomugha, and that a team could surprise again this year like the Eagles did last year.
    Nowhere does it state that Philly is going after Manning.
    Vick got signed to a $100 million contract, and was runner up MVP 2 seasons ago, why would they go after Manning, an aging QB who has numerous ?’s attached to his health?

  86. skoobyfl says: Mar 11, 2012 3:42 PM

    Buffalo Bills with the first pick in 2012 draft take…

  87. mcjon22 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:02 PM

    I wish he would sign with the Texans or Ravens so Shaub or Flaco would become available. Better than Ryan Tannihill

  88. vipod4ever says: Mar 11, 2012 4:24 PM

    why, Jerry Jones must be looking at himself in the mirror and seeing Payton Manning?

  89. uberniner says: Mar 11, 2012 4:41 PM

    49ers have a new stadium coming, and the would love to see the perfect storm (positive) with Manning and Super Bowl….

  90. dolphins4 says: Mar 11, 2012 4:44 PM

    Could the mystery team be the Cowboys.

  91. zampft says: Mar 11, 2012 4:59 PM

    It would be quite in line with previous behavior if the Buccaneers go after him on the sly. He might reject them hands down of course, but it makes great sense from their owners’ perspective.

  92. siggtacular says: Mar 11, 2012 5:03 PM

    Please, enough with the Baltimore talk. Peyton isn’t coming to Baltimore. Its cold, and Flacco will get an extension. Flacco is ten times better than Sanchez and he for his extension a couple days ago. Manning will be a Cardinal or a Dolphin

  93. grhopper says: Mar 11, 2012 5:28 PM

    What’s all the fuss…whoever gets him is going to find out real fast he ain’t what he used to be. You can’t have 4 neck surgeries, sit out a year, and expect everything to be back to where it was at his age. He will be a Bust.

  94. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 5:49 PM

    There’s a reason Manning hasn’t thrown publicly. I think he’ll be quarterbacking for the Allen Wranglers. Watch out, T.O., here he comes.

  95. djaehne says: Mar 11, 2012 6:18 PM

    No way Manning is on the roster with the Texans.
    Fans don’t even want him, much less the owner.

  96. rainponcho87 says: Mar 12, 2012 1:12 AM

    Strange fact: last Colts qb before Manning was Jim Harbaugh. Wouldn’t totally shock me if the niners snook in there.

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