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Report: Broncos, Cardinals leading the Peyton sweepstakes

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Though the race isn’t over, two teams are at the front of the pack.

Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN report that the Broncos and the Cardinals currently are regarded as the favorites to land Peyton Manning.

One source told Schefter and Mortensen (simultaneously, possibly), that Peyton is leaning toward Denver.

But the Cardinals apparently have a chance, too.  Scheftersen (it’s just easier that way) report that owner Michael Bidwill is “determined” to sign Manning.

So what will decide this one?  Manning, per Scheftersen, is looking for a “comfortable football and organizational fit.”

It’s hard not to regard this report as a deliberate message from the Manning camp to the rest of the league that Manning is closing in on a decision, and that anyone else who wants a shot at him had better step it up.

The goal also may be to let Dolphins owner Stephen Ross know that, as Manning prepares to head from Arizona back to Miami, Ross had better bring a bigger checkbook if he wants Manning to feel sufficiently “comfortable.”

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  1. jackntorres says: Mar 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    Scheftersen (it’s just easier that way) report that owner Michael Bidwill is “determined” to sign Manning.

    —–

    Now you see why we refer to all authors at PFT as Florenthal.

  2. sledgehorn says: Mar 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    What a surprise, the two teams he visited with are the the front-runners for Manning? I’m shocked…

  3. votebelichickforpresident says: Mar 11, 2012 11:40 AM

    I just don’t picture Manning going to Miami. Too dysfunctional of an organization. He could very well be throwing passes for the Broncos.

  4. Patriot42 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:41 AM

    Duh!. I think this teams are the first two he has visited.

  5. yelix says: Mar 11, 2012 11:41 AM

    What a surprise. The two teams that he’s talked to are in the lead.

  6. jaggedmark says: Mar 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    Peyton has met with two teams, and those two teams are leading the sweepstakes? Well, no kidding.

  7. gmsalpha says: Mar 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    It’s not about the money for Peyton.

    From what I understand, his Gatorade, Sprint, and Reebok commercials were pro bono. And it’s not like he happily took some ungodly paycheck last year when he didn’t play a single down.

  8. jenniferxxx says: Mar 11, 2012 11:43 AM

    Won’t Peyton signing with Denver trigger the Apocalypse? Where Al Davis rises from Hell to lead the minions of darkness in the final battle against Tim Tebow?

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

    lol. um didn’t he only have two visits with wait. O Ya Denver and Cardinals.

  10. panthers34 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:44 AM

    Manning with someone as conservative as Fox….interesting. I’m having visions of the Marino-Johnson marriage.

  11. fishfiletkray says: Mar 11, 2012 11:44 AM

    Shocker!!!

  12. erod22 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    Denver has the best defense. Arizona has the receivers. Miami is the most convenient for the family.

    But Houston is where his best chance to win lies. Not sure why there’s not more consideration that direction.

  13. snarkzilla says: Mar 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    Seriously, would anybody trust Stephen Ross to not go lunatic whenever?

  14. donterrelli says: Mar 11, 2012 11:46 AM

    Although I don’t think AZ is the landing spot for him because of how much money they’ve already devoted to Kolb (Cobb), I think it would be a great fit for him looking back at Kurt Warner’s resurgence while there. Great coaching staff, also.

  15. lolb23 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:46 AM

    No coincidence the Skins wrapped up RG3 the same day Peyton landed in Denver.

    Done deal.

  16. theservice10 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:47 AM

    Both teams face a familiar foe next year. The Patriots in New England.

  17. kane337 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:48 AM

    Agents leak out this stuff to put other clubs on notice. It’s the agent playbook.

  18. steelerfan999 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:51 AM

    DENVER GETS TOO COLD FOR MANNING.HE WILL SIGN WITH ARIZONA AND PLAY INSIDE ON HOME GAMES.PLAY INDOOR AT THE RAMS,PLAY IN SUNNY SAN FRAN.HE CANT PLAY OUTSIDE IN THE COLD,JUST ASK PATRIOT FANS.

  19. cuzz4169 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    I said 4 days ago on here he will be a Bronco and I got torched…The Miami stuff was all coming from the Miami people and from the fans. He never set up a visit and never talked to anyone about Miami. His relationship with Elway goes way back. John Fox is a players coach. They will allow Manning to control the offense. Imagine manning running a no huddle at mile high…that’s like cheating. Denver has 45m under the cap…So Mr Manning who else do you want on this team!!??

  20. dumbasdirt says: Mar 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    Congrats to Manning’s agent for driving up the price.

    Two teams will be left at the alter and one will pay dearly to sign a future HOF QB that has not passed his physical yet.

    As someone once said “The ship is sinking and the sky is the limit”

  21. cuzz4169 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    It was said in Denver that a Limo driver over heard a PR guy say manning was going to sign in Denver, but wanted to respect Arizona and make the visit.

  22. rubbernilly says: Mar 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    We can’t even use “F10r10″ (spelled correctly), and you’re mashing up the names of others?

  23. golonger says: Mar 11, 2012 11:54 AM

    I sure hope he goes to Denver….and they get rid of Tebow……this is going to be a fun…a disaster of epic proportions…..LOL

  24. erod22 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Report is that Arizona will release Kolb if Peyton is signed.

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Front runners for a shouldve been retired. Can’t throw QB. Good Luck broncos fans. This won’t be pretty. He’s DONE!

  26. sakatak says: Mar 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    Don’t count the Vikings out, Manning fits the Vikings pattern of signing older QB’s.

  27. phinfan527 says: Mar 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    Dolphin owner Ross is clueless. He’ll screw this up and Matt Moore will be starting week 1.

  28. 7pints says: Mar 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    This can’t be true, because every Dolphin fan on here said Peyton is going to Miami. They even told me to “mark it down”.

  29. beefsbrother says: Mar 11, 2012 12:00 PM

    Either one of the two would be really interesting. As a Pats fan, I would enjoy the drama from him being in Miami, but Manning is not the type to be impressed by the celebrity bootlicking that Ross engages in to feel important.

  30. jwphillips17 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:00 PM

    I don’t buy the idea that the Manning camp is leaking information to try and drum up a bigger market. This is Peyton Manning and Tom Condon, not Terrell Owens and Drew Rosenhaus. I think Manning is genuinely just feeling his way through a process he never expected to be a part of.

  31. rdrllldubk says: Mar 11, 2012 12:00 PM

    REPORT: Those are the only teams he’s visited so far.

  32. wwwmattcom says: Mar 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    I don’t think Manning wants to share a division with Aaron Maybin.

  33. blitz87 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    And then Schefter and Mortensen will say the Dolphins are in the lead tomorrow…

  34. gregthomas77 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    At this point, I hope he ends up in Denver so they will trade Tebow. Whether Tebow ultimately turns out to be a successful quarterback or not, he deserves better than the way he is treated by the Broncos organization. Send him to the Jags and let him fill the seats.

  35. objectivenflfan says: Mar 11, 2012 12:02 PM

    Miami:
    - Plays NE twice a year, won’t be favorites in the division
    - Shaky owner who cares more about $ than winning
    Ross can throw the $ at him, but Peyton Manning isn’t looking for one last paycheck. He’s looking to get a Superbowl.

    Arizona:
    - Offensive line is in shambles. Yes, they have a great WR and a chance to sign Wayne – but Peyton had 3 neck surgeries and will need a solid group up front. Especially with San Fran’s pass rush.
    - AZ isn’t a lock to win the division with San Francisco – they’re a solid young group and a fumble away from the big game.
    Plus, one Manning would keep the other Manning out of the Superbowl.

    Denver:
    - Fox let ran an offense that was adjusted to Tebow’s skill set. Plus, he’s a defensive guy. It will be Peyton Manning’s show in Denver. Period.
    - Denver has the 2nd most cap space in the NFL and ironically, have needs at Center (Jeff Saturday), Tight End (Dallas Clark), WR (Garcon). They’ll have the flexibility to sign a few of his buddies.
    - John Elway was 37 when he won his first Superbowl. He understands what a 36 year old QB needs around him to won.
    - Denver has bookend tackles, a great running game, and young WR’s. Add Von Miller and Elvis in the mix and you’re built to score points and rush the passer.

    Who has the advantage?
    Weather: Miami or AZ
    Offensive Line: Denver
    Ownership/Management: Denver
    Weapons: Miami
    Defense: Denver
    Football Culture: Denver
    $: You’d like to say Ross, but Denver has the 2nd most cap space in the NFL.

    It’s going to be Denver. Rotoworld, Profootballtalk, Miami fans, Arizona fans, and the rest of the AFC West just don’t want to believe it.

  36. tim1999 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    You’re kidding.
    Denver and Arizona are the leaders for Manning’s services?? How can this be??
    After all he’s only visited visited Denver and Arizona… Duh!!!

    Seriously though does Peyton Manning really want to play in the AFC East against Brady/Belichick and Sexy Rexy’s defense twice every year?? Manning want to struggle to get into the playoffs every year with the Patriots in their division?? I believe playing in Miami would be a “comfort zone issue” with Peyton Manning.

  37. puckthefatriots says: Mar 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    Manning and Wayne to Miami makes the most sense..that would revive a once proud franchise

  38. i10east says: Mar 11, 2012 12:04 PM

    When all five teams talk to Manning, all five of them will be in ‘the lead’.

  39. thereelmjetwitter says: Mar 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    Only in America can a person be paid $26 million to miss an entire year of work after pulling wool over brass’ eyes, getting away with an on-the-job injury.

    And, as an encore, now drives up his asking price to hit his “comfort” zone, totally untested. And people bite.

    Irsay & Manning deserved ea other. Robbing shamefully the spotlight during XLVI from Eli. That won’t be forgotten nor shouldn’t by the public. Actually, it probably already has been forgotten.

    If Peyton wasn’t about money, he would have restructured his contract and you know what?
    He’d have more rings than endorsements.

    I hope Peyton in his next place does not win another ring. He doesn’t deserve it.

  40. VegasKJ says: Mar 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    Tebow Time was entertaining — almost magical at at times — but seriously, Broncos honks, if you get the choice: Peyton or Noodle Arm?

  41. geefan1 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    jenniferxxx says: Mar 11, 2012 11:43 AM

    Won’t Peyton signing with Denver trigger the Apocalypse? Where Al Davis rises from Hell to lead the minions of darkness in the final battle against Tim Tebow?

    ———————————-

    Well played!

  42. thraiderskin says: Mar 11, 2012 12:11 PM

    Why would he ever want to be a Denver Bronco? I can’t even fathom what they have that any quarterback (actually, player in general) would want. Other than a pretty good defense, they haven’t a thing.

  43. colt2011 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:12 PM

    Dumb statement. He’s visited 2 teams and now they’re in the lead. Brilliant assumption!

    There were 12 interested, then a short list (picked by Peyton as points of interest) which obviously is down to 3 (for now). Nobody knows if he’s visited anyone else. IF he did, those teams were able to keep the media in the dark and I’d bet he would appreciate that.

    For sure he’s in hiding (as best he can) until he returns to Miami. Dolphin brass aren’t saying much as to when a meeting is scheduled. That’s smart. The original helicopter pursuit on Manning was not welcomed. The coverage was also hot in Denver, but not quite as hysterical.

    For someone who really enjoys their privacy, this whole FA circus is probably not much fun for him. If Miami is serious about landing him, they might want to keep up the secrecy and meet with him out of state. Give the guy some breathing room. He’s not used to all the invasive attention. There will be plenty of time for media after he makes his choice.

    I don’t envy him.

  44. preventoffense says: Mar 11, 2012 12:12 PM

    I’m trying to imagine the hype of a Manning v Manning Super Bowl – wow!

  45. dolfan1 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    He really wants to go to Miami so there just trying to put the pressure on the Dolphins!

  46. sundevil1982 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    Its speculated that Kolb will be gone regardless of where PM signs. If it weren’t for being concussion prone, Kolb could have been an above average QB. eventually.

  47. kingjoe1 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:15 PM

    …said the Broncos and the Cardinals.

    Manning going to the Broncos would be simply silly. The suspension sealed the deal there; no way he ends up there. They have no defense and only one offensive player. Manning needs a team not a big time WR. He makes big time WR out of ok ones.

  48. forevercorr says: Mar 11, 2012 12:16 PM

    @objectivenflfan- great assessment, except the Denver has a mauler center in his third year. Saturday may be a tough sign. Wayne and Clark would be welcomed though…

  49. jrcoop says: Mar 11, 2012 12:17 PM

    Should come as no surprise. I recall it being reported that Jeff Fisher was “leaning towards Miami” prior to signing with St Louis.

    AZ has a nice stadium but O-line issues and no cap space. Unless they restructure L. Brown’s( LT ) contract or cut him which doesn’t help the O-line issue.

    It appears he’s visiting friends and working for the best offer. I still believe it will come down to where his wife wants to be (if you’re married you know) since they all have advantages and disadvantages.

  50. sundevil1982 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:18 PM

    Who has the advantage?
    Weather: Miami or AZ
    Offensive Line: Denver
    Ownership/Management: Denver
    Weapons: Miami
    Defense: Denver
    Football Culture: Denver
    $: You’d like to say Ross, but Denver has the 2nd most cap space in the NFL

    @objectivenflfan Running backs with broken legs and former receivers playing for Miami and St Louis don’t count as weapons.

  51. fuaholes says: Mar 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    @puckthefatriots

    Why does Manning and Wayne to Miami make the most sense? Is it because your a lowly Fins fan? It actually makes less sense that Manning to Denver. Keep dreaming loser.

    Go Pats.

  52. lennydpocketqb says: Mar 11, 2012 12:20 PM

    Could we all make a effort to not call Rex, “Sexy Rexy”.

  53. mrbigass says: Mar 11, 2012 12:21 PM

    And he had a great workout throwing for those teams…………

  54. VegasKJ says: Mar 11, 2012 12:26 PM

    DUDE. This isn’t Heinz Field. You don’t have to yell.

  55. tonyugoh says: Mar 11, 2012 12:28 PM

    I may get drilled for this but I have a theory as to why he prefers to stay in the AFC, and thats because of his long-time relationship with CBS. He came into the league at the same time that CBS bought the AFC rights and Elway and Marino were on their way out, so essentially Manning, along with Brady, has been the face of CBS’ NFL coverage for the last decade and if/when he retires and goes into TV, the network will get him signed.

  56. patsfan87 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:29 PM

    Houston is the surprised team here. Starting QB is in the last yr of his contract. Houston is a dome stadium, they play in the same division as Indianapolis which means familiarity of opponents and Houston is loaded with young talent on both sides of the ball.
    Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, with a Reggie wayne and Dallas Clark signing there as FA’s. Best offensive line in football plus Wade Phillips having that defense wired up equals Super Bowl possibilities. And this is from a Patriots fan.

  57. spedman24 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    This is great. All these attention craving fish fans thought they were getting this washed up has been to lead them to the sb (he wouldn’t have). Now once again, not only will Miami suck but they will also still be irrelevant. Got to love the men who root for a professional team that wears teal, yea teal. Where are all those front rubbing fish fans today? The good news for the ppl in Miami is you will still be able to have your own section at Joe Robbie Stadium or I need a Tan Stadium down in that immigration low life village in S.America, I mean S.Fla. lol. Seriously this is great. Hey Jets & Pats fans, you will still be able to take a nice vacation down to SFla & watch your team drub the lowly fins. And yes, I understand the fish beat the Jets in wk 17, but let’s be honest here, how many times have the fish been in the postseason in the past 10 years while the pats have been at least appearing in sb’s & the jets have been a familiar postseason fixture. Have fun being irrelevant for the foreseeable future…your greatest player in Franchise history doesn’t even have a ring…over 40 years of losing & losing & losing…

  58. joetoronto says: Mar 11, 2012 12:32 PM

    Manning to Fitz in the warm dry air makes sense.

  59. paintan8 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    erod22 says:
    Mar 11, 2012 11:56 AM
    Report is that Arizona will release Kolb if Peyton is signed.

    Inaccurate. Salary cap hit too steep after that contract they gave him last year. They may try to trade him, but they are not cutting him.

  60. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:46 PM

    What do all the Miami fans have to say now on these posts LOL. He does not want to go to Miami, they have been a joke for years.

  61. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 11, 2012 12:47 PM

    arizona should be contracted from the NFL for being so braindead retarded…and their place taken by a team from LA

  62. colt2011 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:51 PM

    Nice layout of pros and cons “objectivenflfan”. You showed all the factors that will matter.

    Update: While Denver has a decent defense, it was announced yesterday that 3 key players have been suspended for drug use/hgh. Apparently 1 guy for 6 games, not sure about other 2, think it was 4. A strong defense would be attractive to Manning. And I doubt he liked hearing about this at the end of his visit in Denver. The outside cold in winter, not exactly a good either.

    Arizona weather, plus natural grass, plus a dome would be bonus features. One problem is AZ is in the NFC where Eli is. Think the ultimate goal for both Mannings was to someday oppose each other in the SuperBowl. Wouldn’t be possible if he went to AZ.

    Miami has good weather, grass turf (I think), he already has a home there (less upheaval for his family-which does count), not as much controversy at QB replacement (Moore did well but could learn more and be a solid backup-which he never had in Indy). Miami defense is pretty solid, good offense receiver-wise. The potential of bringing in Reggie Wayne also a selling point. Maybe even another free agent Colt or 2. They will be looking for his reference for sure.

    Peyton Manning doesn’t need money. He needs to play where there is potential for winning and being comfortable. He was the offensive coordinator for Colts, so he’ll need to be free to call some shots.

    He wasn’t impressed with being pursued by helicopters and media in Miami. Understandable that he is a “Wanted Man”, but he’s entitled to some privacy as well. IF Miami can tone it down for their meeting, he might be more receptive.

    Each team currently in the sweepstakes have good and bad points. None are perfectly suitable for a perfectionist. But in the end, he’ll be the judge and jury.

    Certainly the biggest FA pursuit I’ve ever seen. I’ll be glad when he decides. There WILL BE alot of disappointed people in the end.

  63. 1phd says: Mar 11, 2012 12:52 PM

    gmsalpha says: Mar 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    It’s not about the money for Peyton.

    From what I understand, his Gatorade, Sprint, and Reebok commercials were pro bono. And it’s not like he happily took some ungodly paycheck last year when he didn’t play a single down.
    ———————————
    I hope you were being facetious.

  64. mtheparrothead says: Mar 11, 2012 12:52 PM

    Please just sign anywhere Peyton so I never have to read another article about this.

  65. dolfan1 says: Mar 11, 2012 12:53 PM

    Don’t be naive people they’re just trying to get the Dolphins desperate.

  66. 69finfan says: Mar 11, 2012 12:55 PM

    Sales 101!! You always want to go last in a closing situation. We’re right where we want to be. Go Fins.

  67. natisportsnut says: Mar 11, 2012 1:00 PM

    Please not Denver – then we’ll be subjected to even more Tebow talk

  68. satanphoenix says: Mar 11, 2012 1:01 PM

    Michael Bidwell is PRESIDENT of the cardinals. He is also the SON of the OWNER Bill Bidwell.

    Now Bill Bidwell is close to 80 and lets Micheal run the team but so far there hasn’t been a change in status yet. I’m fairly sure Dad is involved someplace in the Manning decision including being able to say no.

  69. jkibler1 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:02 PM

    As a Fins fan i would rather see them sign Flynn and Nicks and then draft Dicastro . this way you pretty much finish rebuilding the O line and have a serviceable at worst qb .

  70. promickey says: Mar 11, 2012 1:04 PM

    Wow, after visiting 2 of the 3 teams planned Schefter gets prophetic on what Manning is thinking. How is that possible? Denver may not have some of their defensive players for part of next season as they have been suspended for substance abuse. Arizona may not be able to afford Manning and Wayne.

  71. thereelmjetwitter says: Mar 11, 2012 1:07 PM

    I also agree, objectiveflfan. Great breakdown. Now, if I could get my original comments to post!!

  72. shorttracknews says: Mar 11, 2012 1:09 PM

    So he has visited 2 teams and they are the 2 teams leading to get him…interesting stuff.

    With all this Peyton stuff going on you are missing out on the real news…

    REPORT: AFC & NFC to both send a team to the Super Bowl next year

  73. satanphoenix says: Mar 11, 2012 1:09 PM

    Correction Bidwill not Bidwell

  74. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:10 PM

    Manning? Done. Caveat Emptor.

  75. sc5000 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:13 PM

    He’s going to Denver. They have the most cap space to fit his needs and they are the best team in the race since they won a playoff game last year. Peyton doesn’t want to play Tom Brady twice a year, and he doesn’t want to play in the NFC. He wants to compete for championships and he can win the AFC west in his sleep. He’s going to Denver.

  76. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:16 PM

    gmsalpha says:Mar 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    It’s not about the money for Peyton.

    From what I understand, his Gatorade, Sprint, and Reebok commercials were pro bono. And it’s not like he happily took some ungodly paycheck last year when he didn’t play a single down.
    ________________________

    Absolutely. It’s ALL about the money. He screwed Irsay and his teammates out of $24 million last year when he knew he couldn’t play. And he’ll screw whoever signs him now. He’s done and he knows it. That’s why nobody has seen him throw in person. He’s worth over $100 million but he’s still greedy.

  77. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    Boys, boys … as my Latin teacher, Sister Dulcilia would say … Caveat Emptor.

  78. votebelichickforpresident says: Mar 11, 2012 1:19 PM

    If Denver signs Manning then Tebow is gone according to reports. Tebow in Jacksonville?

  79. gmen4life33 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:20 PM

    HOUSTON. You idiots, hes going to Houston. Manning just doesnt want to pull a Farve and make it seem like he wanted to go to a rival (division) as
    immediate 1st choice. He still wants to be likes in Indy. Iv posted this before, and here it goes again. Yawn.

    Weather – Check
    Indoor – Check
    Top 3 WR – Check
    Top 3 RB – Check
    Weak Division (IND lol, TEN, JAC) – Check
    All Around Team – Check
    Revenge Factor – Check
    Cap Room (Williams/Schaub) – Check

    Not trying to be an @ss, but if you havent figured out hes going to HOU yet, you are not very bright.

  80. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:23 PM

    thereelmjetwitter says:Mar 11, 2012 12:07 PM

    Only in America can a person be paid $26 million to miss an entire year of work after pulling wool over brass’ eyes, getting away with an on-the-job injury.

    And, as an encore, now drives up his asking price to hit his “comfort” zone, totally untested. And people bite.

    Irsay & Manning deserved ea other. Robbing shamefully the spotlight during XLVI from Eli. That won’t be forgotten nor shouldn’t by the public. Actually, it probably already has been forgotten.

    If Peyton wasn’t about money, he would have restructured his contract and you know what?
    He’d have more rings than endorsements.

    I hope Peyton in his next place does not win another ring. He doesn’t deserve it.
    ___________________

    It’s a classic con. You get the marks so geeked up by making them think they’re not in the game, that they overlook what they’re really doing, lose common sense and do something stupid. Auctions work on the same principal.

  81. gmen4life33 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:25 PM

    “Weather: Miami or AZ
    Offensive Line: Denver
    Ownership/Management: Denver
    Weapons: Miami
    Defense: Denver
    Football Culture: Denver
    $: You’d like to say Ross, but Denver has the 2nd most cap space in the NFL”

    HOU wins all of those, plus Indoors, Andre Johnson, Foster, Weakest Division

  82. cuda1234 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Hey colt2011, your Miami argument is a little off.

    1) Peyton’s wife and kids live in Indy so a move to Miami would be upheaval.

    2) Miami’s defense WAS pretty solid last year, but they fired Mike Nolan and appear to be moving to a totally different scheme.

    3) I’m not sure what you’ve been watching to conclude that Miami’s receivers are any good. Brian Hartline? Davone Bess? Anthony Fasano? Brandon Marshall was great in the pro bowl were no one covered him but hasn’t done anything in Miami (other than those run-ins with the law).

    4) Do you really think PM wants to play for a rookie head coach? Who wants to run the west-coast offense? With a bunch of no-name assistants?

    5) Have you seen Miami’s o-line? Manning will get killed behind those bums.

    Look for PM in Denver, Tebow in Jax, Flynn or Tannehill in Mia. Cleveland, once again gets left out in the cold.

  83. cuda1234 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:33 PM

    Although I still think Manning could end up in New Orleans. Brees is a big union guy, not under contract and arguing about money. Manning is from NO. Daddy played for the Saints. Its indoors with a great offense that throws the ball on every play.

  84. cuda1234 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:36 PM

    Also if the Redskins could have been a little patient, they might have ended up with Drew Brees or had a Shanahan- Shaub reunion.

  85. eaglesfan94 says: Mar 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    It’s not about the money for Peyton.

    From what I understand, his Gatorade, Sprint, and Reebok commercials were pro bono. And it’s not like he happily took some ungodly paycheck last year when he didn’t play a single down.

    ————————————————–

    Really, dude? You wouldn’t take millions of dollars in corporations were basically willing to give it to you? And if you were in Peyton’s position you’d just tell the Colts, “nah, keep the money”?

  86. Matt says: Mar 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    Peyton won’t think about the snow, which is the only solace I have. Every other angle makes sense for Denver:

    - Peyton feels disrespected and disregarded by the Colts, but Denver is run by a hall of fame (doofus) quarterback.

    - Peyton doesn’t want to play in the NFC, or play in the AFC East at all. Donkeys are in the AFC West where San Diego is run by Norv and “Cry Me a Rivers”, Kansas City is a perennial 8-8, and my Raiders are in true “rebuilding mode” for the first time arguably ever. The division is weak.

    - Say what you want about John Fox’s ceiling as a coach, but he has no floor. Everybody respects him. He’s the anti-Ryan anti-Hue anti-Shannarat of the league. The Raiders and Giants loved him when he was an assistant coach and he’s arguably the most successful Panthers coach ever. In Denver, he quietly went to work everyday despite his doofus GM running things like a rookie, and changed the entire offense to run around St Tebow, and he won the division. John Fox is studious and quiet. You know who else fits that bill? Tony Dungy, also known as Manning’s favorite coach ever.

    - Indy, Manning preferred to live in relative secrecy despite the TV commercials and his cult-like status as the Colts greatest QB ever. People never saw him away from Colts property. In Denver, Tebowmania will take all the attention away from Manning. Everybody wants to know what will happen to St Tebow. That’s as close to quiet as it can get for Manning.

    I think Manning to Denver is a wrap. As a Raiders fan, my only solace is the faint hope that this move will end badly for Denver via a Tebow Curse. By swapping Tebow for Manning, perhaps we’ll see a Ruth-like change of fortunes whereupon Manning never adjusts to the Denver weather, and ends his career riddled with neck/shoulder injuries + concussions like Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, or Trent Green.

  87. sdffa11 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:01 PM

    gregthomas77 says:
    Mar 11, 2012 12:02 PM
    At this point, I hope he ends up in Denver so they will trade Tebow. Whether Tebow ultimately turns out to be a successful quarterback or not, he deserves better than the way he is treated by the Broncos organization. Send him to the Jags and let him fill the seats.

    theres nothing disrespectful about what the broncos are doing. they are doing their due diligence. and its not like theyre shopping to replace tebow with mark sanchez or some scrub. its peyton freaking manning. every team besides the packers, giants, chargers, steelers and pats should be looking at peyton as a possible solution as QB.

  88. spfripp says: Mar 11, 2012 2:06 PM

    As a Dolphin fan I am not concern if Manning goes to another team. It is not like we would be getting a franchise QB in his prime. The guy is available for a reason. IMO, Miami has the supporting cast that will suit him best. People don’t realize this but once that team started to click in the 2nd half of the season they were easily a top 15 team with Moore at the helm. With that said I think you can plug Manning, Flynn or even Tannehill in there and I still think they make a playoff run just based off of the talent on that team.

  89. NFL In L.A. says: Mar 11, 2012 2:07 PM

    C’mon Manning sign with the Red Birds!!!

  90. Matt Kellett says: Mar 11, 2012 2:08 PM

    Why are people making out that Stephen Ross is this thick lunatic? He’s a billionaire for a reason.

    Despite being a Phins fan, Peyton would be stupid to turn down the Broncos, they have the cap space to build his dream team, no doubt they’ll be super bowl contenders if they sign Peyton, his gang and some extra talent.

  91. coolgato13 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    Please go to Denver, Peyton, so Tebowmania can die a natural and well-deserved death!

  92. yahmule says: Mar 11, 2012 2:19 PM

    Peyton already played for the son of an idiot in Indy. I doubt he wants to repeat the process with Dollar Bill Bidwell’s kid.

  93. sunlion333 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:29 PM

    Some of the reporting of this “spectacle” is laughable. It’s between the Broncos, Chiefs and Dolphins. Manning will stay in the AFC because the ultimate goal of the Manning family is a Manning/Manning Super Bowl.

    My money is still on Miami for several reasons, including Steven Ross’ obsession with landing him as the impact will be felt the most with the Dolphins. Miami hasn’t had a top QB since Marino and Peyton would fill seats in a stadium that only sells out for Pats and Jets games. The outdoor weather is far more appealing than in Denver or KC. The O-line is one piece away from elite and there are already plenty of high caliber weapons on the Phins offense. Manning is close friends with Marino and the Defense is really developing into something special.

    The only downside to playing in the AFC East is facing Brady twice a year, but MIA has beaten him before with a much less talented team. So watch the “Smoke & Mirrors” tour if you will, but the next flight Manning will take is back to Miami and not only because he lives there in the offseason.

  94. clwb419 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:30 PM

    Hmm, he’s visited 2 teams so far – Denver and Arizona. Quite a stretch there on the reporting Schefter & Mort.

    Watch, he goes to a 3rd city and Schefter tweets that now there’s a 3rd team in the mix.

    Hack.

  95. jrcoop says: Mar 11, 2012 2:32 PM

    He’ s not signed with anybody yet. He who laughs last laughs loudest. Being last on the tour is optimal for closing the deal just ask any successful business person. Especially if the prospect doesn’t have to catch a flight out of town.

  96. latenightroach says: Mar 11, 2012 2:43 PM

    Peyton wants to play for the easiest division that he could possibly find because his priority is to win easy.
    He’s not the herculean competitor that he wants everyone to believe he is. Long story short – he’s afraid of Tom Brady.

  97. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 11, 2012 2:47 PM

    their the only 2 teams he has visited.

    what the hell kind of reporting is this?

  98. pigskin28 says: Mar 11, 2012 2:52 PM

    MortSter seems way easier and reflects the current pecking order.

  99. 72Perfection says: Mar 11, 2012 2:54 PM

    For all you idiotic Jets and Pats fans…..you have become RELEVANT very recently. Although you have good organizations right now you were the laughing stock og the NFL for most of your history. Here are the facts from the NFL…fools!!

    Top Organizations wins and Pct.
    Pitt- 429W .611%
    MIAMI 405 .595%
    Dallas 413 .591%
    Denver 385 .571%
    Min. 376 .566%
    SF 391 .562%
    Was 368 .547%
    Oak 371 .547%

    FYI NE and NYJ are an embassing .538% and .448% respectively. To boot NYJ have 2 divison titles in there sorry existence. So all you young kids that know nothing about the NFL and call the Dolphins a losing organization need to learn the history of the NFL. PEACE my brothers!!

  100. theytukrjobs says: Mar 11, 2012 3:00 PM

    No way he ends up in Denver. He can’t even run the zone read!

  101. villa41 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:08 PM

    You think I’m scared that Manning could be headed to Denver? Hardly. As a Raider fan, I looked forward to the beating we’ll give him twice a year. As Senator Craig once said, let me be clear. Denver will not become Indiannapolis West. Denver won the AFC West last year due to a college offense that fooled opponents most of the season. With Manning, Denver certainly won’t be running the read option anymore, and without the read option Denver’s running game just isn’t that good. Who’s the RB – broken down Willis McGahee? If you’re counting on him to be the workhorse, then good luck. Also, while the Denver defense improved, it’s not a shut down unit and won’t be protected by running game that ate up the clock. Manning may need a fourth neck surgery after taking one too many snaps behind the shaky offensive line in front of him too. Bottom line is Denver is very overrated with or without Manning.

  102. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 11, 2012 3:14 PM

    “The goal also may be to let Dolphins owner Stephen Ross know that, as Manning prepares to head from Arizona back to Miami, Ross had better bring a bigger checkbook if he wants Manning to feel sufficiently “comfortable.”

    -Exactly. Open up that bank account Mr Ross.

  103. jgava19 says: Mar 11, 2012 3:49 PM

    Manning already had 4 surgeries. Duh

  104. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    the jets have been a familiar postseason fixture?

    Really… two years does not make for a “familiar fixture. You must REALLY have a short memory. Typical dumb jersey jest fan. The Dolphins could stop playing and the lowly jets would not catch them in the win totals… look it up troll.

  105. forevercorr says: Mar 11, 2012 4:27 PM

    For the brilliant folks posting about Peyton not being able to run the zone read, stop being foolish. That was a part time design used to accommodate Tim. I think Peyton may be charmed by a coaching staff willing to build a game plan to suit his strengths and not make him fill their system. Also, Peyton becoming a Bronco doesn’t lock in that Tim wouldn’t be. PM is still recovering from a major injury and no one knows when he’ll be able to go or for how long. By bringing in Peyton, the Broncos have made it clear that they want a championship and you can’t really believe that they’re dumb enough to not have a plan B should Peyton go down.

  106. dangonavyboy says: Mar 11, 2012 4:48 PM

    what is funny is he has only went to denver and the cards so of course he favors them…they make it seem like miami has no chance..its like if someone asked me to try coke..pepsi and dr thunder..and i try coke..pepsi..and i was like man those are good..i must favor those over dr thunder BECAUSE I HAVENT TASTED DR THUNDER YET DUHHHHHH……..

  107. thesportsguy13 says: Mar 11, 2012 6:28 PM

    Sorry donkey fans he’s not going to Denver. Think he would rather play in a controlled weather environment and throw to Fitz or try to throw a frozen football in 12 degrees??

  108. freddiemercury1 says: Mar 11, 2012 6:52 PM

    Arizona- Warm, dome, Larry Fitzgerald, good defense, relationship with Whiz

    I’d say he’s going to AZ, they would easily make the playoffs, and perhaps the Super Bowl.

  109. samoan1 says: Mar 11, 2012 9:13 PM

    If the Card’s sign Peyton…they WILL cut Kolb…and they will cut him by the 17th which is when his 7 mil roster bonus is due….therefore Kolb would be leaving only with the 12 mil he made last year. So we have to sign him by the 16th. Levi Brown is a FA as of Wed. We will have roughly 37.7 mil cap. We’re workin on the OL in the draft.

  110. seahawksbmx says: Mar 12, 2012 2:41 AM

    Peyton’s illustrious career will end in Seattle or San Fran…if he chooses ‘Zona.

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