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Manning not expected to visit any more teams

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The Peyton Manning tour was fun while it lasted.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s over.

Appearing on SportsCenter Monday morning, Schefter stated repeatedly that Manning won’t be taking any more free agent visits. Schefter explained that Manning “does not want to make this into a Reggie White tour,” and is already familiar with the Dolphins’ facility because the Colts used it during their two Super Bowl appearances in Miami.

Schefter called the Broncos the “favorites,” while acknowledging that the Cardinals are still “in contention.” The Dolphins seem to have been pushed to the backburner, though, since the South Florida frenzy that left Manning wary of joining Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland’s team.

The fact that Manning is also done with visits suggests other interested teams like the Titans are not being given serious consideration.

These things can change at any moment, but the Broncos and Cardinals are the clear-cut frontrunners to sign Manning at this point, with Denver possessing a slight edge.

A decision is tentatively expected by Wednesday.

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  1. thedreamcomparison says: Mar 12, 2012 9:46 AM

    i still say denver makes NO SENSE whatsoever. who is he going to throw the ball to?! aren’t they in cap hell? and didn’t they just lose a few defensive players to suspension? so, no offensive weapons and a suspended defense…what is the incentive to go there????

  2. cryanr says: Mar 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    Schefter explained that Manning “does not want to make this into a Reggie White tour,” and is already familiar with the Dolphins’ facility because the Colts used it during their two Super Bowl appearances in Miami.

    —–

    Translation: Peyton’s way of saying “No thanks”, nicely.

  3. 3yardsndust says: Mar 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    Welcome to Denver, Peyton. “Mr. Tebow, white courtesy phone.”

  4. annes22 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    Enough’s enough, just get on with it and decide
    and let’s finish with this nonsense. Does anyone at all know if he can still play??

  5. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 9:48 AM

    Oh, the agony…the scent of defeat….fish out of water…..clowns runing the circus……in a nut shell- The Dolphins!

  6. nxsteven says: Mar 12, 2012 9:52 AM

    Ross and MOST Fin fans need to stop acting like a teenage girl at a Justin Bieber concert when a big name pops up.

    They’re going to miss out on Flynn by waiting for Manning and they already crapped all over Moore, who proved to be their best QB since Marino.

  7. emaimo80 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:52 AM

    Manning to broncos, Tebow to Jags, Flynn to Miami. Everyone wins!

  8. waxthat says: Mar 12, 2012 9:53 AM

    Shefter doesnt know jack. I’m am tired of that dude. Only Manning knows what he’s really feeling. This is turning into the bachelor. It’s like guessing who someone is falling in love with. Only that person truly knows.

  9. wryly1 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:53 AM

    So if the Broncos sign Manning, will Denver fans do a ‘Tebow’?

  10. lolb23 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:53 AM

    Broncos

  11. myspaceyourface says: Mar 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    What happens to Tebow? Shipped out, backup QB, another roll on the team?

  12. skoobyfl says: Mar 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    Tebow better say his prayers, the train is a coming.

  13. jtown724 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    Manning and Tebow will both be Broncos in 2012

  14. dskrycki says: Mar 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    Is it time for “The Decision II” to air on ESPN?

  15. dccowboy says: Mar 12, 2012 9:55 AM

    You guys make it sound like a horse race.

    Denver in the lead with 5 lengths to go, but Arizona making a move on the outside. Titans coming from way back in the pack…

  16. realnflmaster says: Mar 12, 2012 9:56 AM

    Lol I cant believe the fish fans actually thought a top flight free agent would actually want to play for that mess of a team. 4th in the AFC East for the next 10 years.

  17. yevrag3535 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:56 AM

    He’s no Reggie White. He was a man, not a fraud who stole money this past year and will do the same with whomever he signs with. He is damaged goods and he knows it.

  18. alewatcher says: Mar 12, 2012 9:56 AM

    If the Cardinals are $16M over the salary cap, how are they in contention?

  19. bumbler19 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    If the Cardinals manage to clear enough room to sign Manning.

    If there is enough room for anyone else he may want to join him.

    If the Cardinals draft a good left tackle or sign the best free agent LT for the money they might have or let the current backup play.

    That’s a lot to deal with. Manning would get creamed playing for the Cardinals.

  20. fishfiletkray says: Mar 12, 2012 9:58 AM

    Poor Timmy.

  21. londonfletcher says: Mar 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    Looks like Tim is going to have to teach Manning how to “Tebow”.

  22. wtfru2 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    With Denver possessing a slight edge.

    But do they have the Lord’s blessing? Or better yet the Tebow fans blessing?

  23. dexterismyhero says: Mar 12, 2012 10:00 AM

    Good luck Peyton with whomever you choose.

  24. miamike says: Mar 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    WOW!!! Looks like Manning and Dolphins fans have something in common: Both know the Ross/Ireland combo is a total abortion!!! Can’t take these a-holes running this team deeper and deeper into the ground!!!

  25. bcjim says: Mar 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    What we can take from this is either Manning is so full of himself that he believes he can win with *ANY* team (and he might be right), OR he is not interested in winning and just wants to collect a check in a pleasant climate/city.

  26. peezwizz says: Mar 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    mannings about to get so mile high

  27. bigjdve says: Mar 12, 2012 10:01 AM

    it isn’t a big surprise that he didn’t want to go to Miami.

    Just because the talking heads want something doesn’t mean that the person they are talking about does.

  28. hanktheking says: Mar 12, 2012 10:02 AM

    It’s you Denver, it always has been you!

  29. gdpont says: Mar 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    All the Peyton Manning coverage is way ahead of the real decision making process when it comes to signing a contract with any team. NFL owners put business first and foremost. In Peyton’s case, that means managing risk when it comes to large amount s of guaranteed money, which Peyton surely wants. That means getting insurance against a career-ending injury during the contract. While, understandably, this back office stuff is rarely discussed by sportstalkers, the most important step for Peyton will be his physical assessment that will be done by an insurance company, typically Lloyds of London, that will provide injury insurance to a team that gives him a large of guaranteed money upfront. Just like college seniors who get injury insurance, no team will sign Peyton without having a significant portion of his upfront money insured against an season/career ending injury during the life of the contract. I expect that Peyton’s agents at CAA will ultimately arrange for this physical assessment and that Peyton will not workout for any team until this assessment is favorable to Peyton. Peyton may already have this done and the answer is a positive one. I suspect, however, that the mere fact that Peyton has been cleared to play is simply a statement that the neck vertebra have healed. This declaration does not address the risk/likelihood of further injury to the neck. That is exactly the issue that an insurer’s physical examination would focus on. Unless, Peyton’s injury is already an insurable risk, don’t expect any big news about a contract signing until then.

  30. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 12, 2012 10:03 AM

    I’d like Tebow to take a backseat to Peyton and learn how to pass.

  31. briguy5 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 AM

    These visits are about more than just seeing the facilities, so that’s just a polite way of telling Miami he isn’t interested.

    Like I’ve been saying for weeks now, Miami was never a contender because it makes no sense to go to the same division as Tom Brady.

  32. miamike says: Mar 12, 2012 10:04 AM

    To Dolphin’s fans: Light your tourches and get your pitch forks!

  33. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 AM

    So everyone has just forgotten the one silly little question;

    Can Peyton Manning still throw the damn football?

    All this speculation about cap room,receivers, dome/no dome, conference, yada yada yada, won’t mean a thing if he can’t prove that he CAN.

  34. brutus9448 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:07 AM

    go to denver. keep them mediocre for years to come.

  35. lolb23 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:08 AM

    Only the Broncos would want their 1st round QB to bust.

    Tebow will win a SB with the Pats long before the Brocs ever win one with Manning or anyone else.

  36. brutus9448 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    if manning goes to denver it only means one thing. he’s scared of tom brady and doesn’t want to face him.

  37. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    clowns runing the circus”…

    this is the j-e-t-s franchise.

  38. sportsgirlguru says: Mar 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    How would anyone justify Peyton going to Denver over Arizona? There is no justification; outside, cold, snowy, no one to throw to…….. Cardinals make sense, we find the answer today!

  39. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    thedreamcomparison:

    Denver is about $40m under the cap, so they have the best chance to upgrade other positions in addition to signing Manning. They also have a decent OL and running game.

  40. milehigh85 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:14 AM

    @thedreamcomparison, last time I checked the Broncos have almost 50 nil in cap space. I think you have them mixed up with the Cards.

  41. jmp527 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:14 AM

    thedreamcomparison says:
    Mar 12, 2012 9:46 AM
    i still say denver makes NO SENSE whatsoever. who is he going to throw the ball to?! aren’t they in cap hell? and didn’t they just lose a few defensive players to suspension? so, no offensive weapons and a suspended defense…what is the incentive to go there????

    Typical NFL moron fan. They have the almost 44 million in cap space. They have one of the top defenses in the league. The D carried Tebow into the playoffs. They are Peyton and a WR (Reggie Wayne) away from getting to the conference title game. If they land Manning, weapons will want to come to Denver to play.

  42. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 10:15 AM

    “our pal Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are still very much alive”

    And three minutes later…….BANG!!!! Dolphins OUT of the chase!!!

    Boy or boy….Am I glad that I am not a Fins fan!!!

  43. mikemcdorman says: Mar 12, 2012 10:16 AM

    “Manning to broncos, Tebow to Jags, Flynn to Miami. Everyone wins!”

    =========================

    Except Cleveland.

  44. torturedraiderfan says: Mar 12, 2012 10:17 AM

    Shefter reported that Denver has the endge because he’s still a pi$$-boy for Pat Bolen. Every reporter with a connection to a team interested in Manning thinks their team has an edge. The frenzie around Manning is crazy. If you think he’s going to be the same MVP QB that palyed for the Colts, you’re just kidding yourself. He’ll always be one hit away from retirement….and that’s a shame because he was the best QB we’ve seen in a long time. Its always sad when the great ones lose some of that greatness. He’ll still be good, but I doubt he’ll be the same.

  45. armchairqb says: Mar 12, 2012 10:17 AM

    Manning very obviously going to Denver. Makes sense on most every level except one: doesn’t he have a pretty poor record outside in bad weather? Why would a dome QB prefer to play in a city where the games of a playoff push would be likely be in cold and snowy conditions?

  46. kingjoe1 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:19 AM

    His tour was done just to see if someone else would knock his socks off. He will go with his first choice in the Texans.

  47. lionhunter909 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:22 AM

    gdpoint(above) makes some good comments. ….

    It’s looking like the grass may not always be greener on the other side of the fence, at least from Peyton’s perspective. I would not expect an imminent decision. The Broncos certainly have their issues and it can be argued that they overachieved last season and still have more missing pieces than just one player can fill.

    As a Denverite, one thing is certain; if Manning does come to Denver, Tebow Nation will be in full uproar. Should be interesting.

  48. crazybroncs says: Mar 12, 2012 10:23 AM

    Welcome to Denver Mr. Manning, we made it to the second round of the playoffs with Tebow…

    Imagine the possibilities!!

  49. azbadinals says: Mar 12, 2012 10:23 AM

    Kevin Kolb hit his head on the Cardinals’ salary cap and is out with a concussion. He expects to recover in 10-11 months.

  50. jouvernile says: Mar 12, 2012 10:25 AM

    cause Manning knows Ireland is a raaatard. And Ross well need I say it. And I’m a fins fan this sux….

  51. jtbndy says: Mar 12, 2012 10:27 AM

    It’s well known that Elway has never believed in Tebow, but the fans love him. By signing Manning Elway kills 2 birds with one stone. He gets rid of Tebow and placates the fanbase at the same time.

  52. Nevis says: Mar 12, 2012 10:27 AM

    If this happens, LMAO @ Tebow and the Cards.

  53. dawglbfan says: Mar 12, 2012 10:28 AM

    What time can they start signing free agents??? Is it midnight tonight or do they have a set time?

  54. djdvd says: Mar 12, 2012 10:29 AM

    It was a nice thought for Miami but not what the team needs. As a dolphins fan I’m done with them trying to take the easy way out on qbs Peyton would only have been a few year stopgap and they are right back here – if he can still play. It’s time Miami gives its fans a franchise qb by either the draft or trying Flynn

  55. EJ says: Mar 12, 2012 10:34 AM

    As dumb as it sounds, Peyton to Denver, Its happening folks. Denver is the only team with enough cap room to take on the monster contract that follows Manning.
    Again, many are saying why Denver, they have no receivers, offensive line looks like a three ring circus and their D doesn’t look any better. The big thing is….Money and lots of it to blow. Manning will be able to choose his receivers, just like as if he were shopping at the local Weggie’s. “I’d like a Reggie Wayne and one Vincent Jackson, please.” As for the O-line, It will be addressed in the draft. Money, money, money, It makes the world turn around.

  56. aemtheshark says: Mar 12, 2012 10:35 AM

    All Fins fans should be ecstatic. Of course he Peyton is great, but the Dolphins need to rebuild. Philbin is already showing signs of being a smart decision maker. Flynn or Tannehill.

  57. dolphinballs says: Mar 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    Yet another opinion:
    Both the AFC and NFC West are wide open Divisions where a “Healthy” PM could throttle a team to the top. AFC East is a meat grinder; one grudge match after the other. At the top for now, an aging Tom Brady.

    Although I would love to see PM in Aqua & Orange, I think Denver will have the cap space to buy all the former Colt Free Agent Weapons PM wants.

    Not to mention if kickers can launch footballs in the thin air of Denver, imagine a healing PM. Also not sure the immediate pressure a Miami choice will put on his still recovering nerves.

    PM is/was a great QB. Matt Flynn seems to be less of a square peg given his history with Philbin.

  58. MTLighthouse69 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:41 AM

    After all of this song and dance by Manning, I won’t be shocked if he goes ahead and retires.

  59. colt2011 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:43 AM

    Has anyone considered that Manning might want to just meet with Miami officials anywhere BUT their facilities. Good grief, the media is already camped out there.

    No way he wants another ‘OJ’ pursuit. He IS familiar with Dolphin facilities already. He simply needs to talk with the brass. Maybe he’s not even in Miami. I didn’t see any coverage of a jet landing last nite.

    Media doesn’t know everything at this point. No doubt they’ll be camped out at Dolphin facilities all day. So far they have reported seeing Chad Henne. Where’s Ireland, Philbin and Ross?

    If they wanted any chance of speaking with him, it wouldn’t be at an obvious location. There seems to be some secrecy here.

    I’ll wait for Manning’s announcement-whenever he decides.

  60. jeziyo247 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:45 AM

    If Peyton goes to denver, he’ll have eric decker, d. Thomas, eddie royal would probably stay and they might bring in reggie Wayne. To say he’ll have no one to throw it to, you must have not watched the broncos play. Oh yeah, the broncos have 27a million carryover in cap so they’ll have plenty to sign Peyton and other stars

  61. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:46 AM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 9:56 AM
    He’s no Reggie White. He was a man, not a fraud who stole money this past year and will do the same with whomever he signs with. He is damaged goods and he knows it

    ______________________________

    How did he steal money someone gave him a truck load of money and the buyer did not check the quality of the product let the buyer beware.

    I guess your saying that if someone offered you a truck load of cash you would say no I have a bad neck don’t give me that money.

    Never heard Irsay say he was robbed.
    Payton turned Indy into a football town so what ever he walked away with he earned

  62. dcryan82 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:48 AM

    If Broncos are the favorite, the Cards are over the cap, and he isn’t taking anymore visits,… Why hasn’t he signed yet? What’s the hold up?

  63. buffobeel42 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    Manning to broncos, Tebow to Jags, Flynn to Miami. Everyone wins!

    ********************************************
    …except Gabbert and Moore!

  64. squealerweasel says: Mar 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    Miami is not happening!! Peyton does not want to face the Patriots and the Jets twice a year. The team I thought he was a shoe in for, was the NY Jets…but Archie wasn’t going to let that happen for a couple of reasons; tamper with Eli’s fan base and his marketability with his brother in the NYC…Archie let the Jets know early that wasn’t going to happen, (and we thought Kris Kardashian was a controlling parent). Lets look at the setup for him there in NYJ….his former OC is a consultant(Tom Moore)…the new OC is really an O-line coach(Tony Sparano) and the head coach has a defensive background(Rex Ryan), so it was his show to run on the offensive side of the ball. Peyton will end up in Denver, to give Elway and Fox an escape from Tebowmania… Tebow gets to go home(J’Ville/FLA), and Peyton sees a division he can have continued success against(AFC West)…but they must get a few more weapons in place for him. The Patriarch has his plan firmly in place.

  65. pomanski says: Mar 12, 2012 10:56 AM

    I wish the Cards had a better O-line and some cap space. Man it would be fun to watch him and Larry out there. Fitzgerald deserves it

  66. laracco says: Mar 12, 2012 10:59 AM

    Manning to broncos, Tebow to Jags, Flynn to Miami. Everyone wins!Manning to broncos, Tebow to Jags, Flynn to Miami. Everyone wins!
    ***************************************

    The Seahawks beg to differ.

  67. abronkella says: Mar 12, 2012 11:06 AM

    Here are Peyton’s outdoor stats comparison, not too bad. Pretty close, actually. I think people just assume he plays poorly outdoors because his home team plays in a dome.

    Games Indoors – 111 Games Outdoors – 97

    Rating: 98.7 90.8
    Completion %: 65.5 64.3
    Yds/game 260.3 267.3
    Yds/attempt 7.8 7.4
    TD 230 169
    TD/game 2.1 1.7
    INT 99 99
    INT/game .90 1.02
    Sacked 119 112

  68. ebr362 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    1) I really do not think he will pick denver, Tebow is just that big there with everyone except Elway. PM might not want to be known as the guy to take Tebow away from his fans, especially if he is not 100% and the team struggles because of it, not to mention the freezing cold of mile high is not aging player with neck issues friendly.

    2) Arizona…..IS 16mill over the cap at the moment, how in the world do you trim 16mill and sign PM? You would have to cut some real talent to make that fit.

    3) Miami…..Where the Fins do not have the complexes denver and arizona have, they have the plus of PM being familiar with not only the surroundings but the facilities. The weather is ideal as they have a bubble to get out of the heat (ariz does not) and they have cap room and quality players at WR and RB. The fact that he has ended his Lebron tour without going to talk to the fins in my estimation is a money powerplay, plain and simple.

  69. patsfiend says: Mar 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    dskrycki says:
    Mar 12, 2012 9:55 AM
    Is it time for “The Decision II” to air on ESPN?
    ===========
    Ha. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that until I saw your comment.

    C’mon Peyton, please please announce in a tweet that you are “taking your talents” somewhere.

  70. ebeg420 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:13 AM

    I thought a blogger wrote “Manning will NOT go to Denver, because he and Tebow have the same Agents……..

    I think there is a MYSTERY TEAM….PHILLY

  71. indywilson40 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    GDpont, you lost me at “All the””

  72. datd00d says: Mar 12, 2012 11:21 AM

    I don’t know what people on this board are talking about. Manning to the Broncos makes A LOT of sense.

    Defense: #11 overall in 2011. Played amazing down the stretch, single-handedly got Denver to the playoffs. Particularly strong against the pass. Strong pass rush, good cover corners. Usually played from behind but are built to play with a lead. Manning helps here.

    Offense: #1 in rushing in 2011. Strong stable of running backs. WRs are talented and have never had a QB to showcase their skill. Demaryius Thomas was a first round pick 2 years ago – is 6’3 ,240 lbs, runs a 4.4 forty. Eric Decker is better than a lot of #2 WRs out there. Eddie Royal is a great Z, and is basically more athletic Brandon Stokley.

    I can easily see a healthy Manning-armed Denver beating New England in the playoffs in 2011.

  73. laxcoach37 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:27 AM

    Are all Jets’ fans just uneducated idiots? I literally signed up for an account just to write the following, but had to comment on “whatnojets” moronic and repeated statements.

    Anyway, not ALL Dolphins Fans want Peyton. I most certainly don’t! Just a few years back the Miami Dolphins were still the winningest franchise in all major professional sports. About a decade ago we brought in Jimmy Johnson and went for quick-fix solutions through FA. Bad Luck and Coaching turnover crippled the organization.

    Consequently, the AFC East was ruled by Brady (notice I didn’t say the Pats). Like Marino gone; in a few years Brady will be too , sending the Pats back to the bottom, where they spent most of their time. The Jets got lucky as they literally backed into the Playoffs by Teams resting the final week. They are a good team in trouble with Cap Space, age and Lockerroom leadership. The Fan base is Not behind Sanchez, just as we were not behind Henne. The Bills get my respect. They are doing it right. It takes time through the Draft and some FA. The problem for them is most high profile FAs really dont want to be in the Buffalo market. Thats a problem. Mark my words: the NFL is Cyclic and no team stays at the top. Approx. every 12 years it inverts with some exceptions like all good theories. I expect to see the Dolphins and the Bills battle for AFC East crowns again and the Cowboys and Redskins battle will mean something and the Rams and 49ers (oh wait! that already came true). The Bengals! They can only get better with $60M in cap spending. Houston is here to stay and the Broncos will be back if they dont sign Peyton, although they do have the funds to do it without crippling the franchise.

    Dolphins fans will rejoice either way in getting a QB. I hope it to be Flynn without breaking the Cap Bank. I could care less what our dopey Owner actually pays him. We need a few more pieces. Peyton would be exciting and risky for a year or two, but not a good move. Matt Moore was the 11th ranked QB and that is with no snaps at Practice, an embarrassing right Side Oline and yet Won 6 games down the stretch. Unfortunately, the Media and Comment Boards will beat the Phins either way. I say stay the course and keep building with value FA’s and youth and a Healthy Payroll. Have any of you seen “Moneyball”?

  74. dickroy says: Mar 12, 2012 11:29 AM

    I thought Denver would be one of the last places he would choose. With his age surgeries and the fact that he has always played in a dome, I seen him going to another dome team or a warm weather city. Denver can be a cold miserable place to play. Especially in the later part of the season.
    I just wonder if Denver does not have the Giants on their schedule for maybe two or three years.

  75. jimbo75025 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:49 AM

    dcryan82 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 10:48 AM
    If Broncos are the favorite, the Cards are over the cap, and he isn’t taking anymore visits,… Why hasn’t he signed yet? What’s the hold up?

    ——————–

    Simple-PHX and Denver are the stooges/patsies in this drama.

    Tennessee is entering the mix which will scare Texas into making a move.

    10 other things could happen and the Manning camp has had 2 months of scheming.

    The drama is just starting.

  76. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 12, 2012 12:08 PM

    If Manning ends up shunning Miami as it sounds, I feel no sympathy, for your city. All I remeber is Lebron, Bosh, and D wade Dancing around in confetti and fake smoke, like they were dancers on the soul train, after the “Decision” so WAAAAh Isn’t haveing great weather, nice beaches, supermodels everywhere, good enough?

  77. villa41 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:09 PM

    Typical NFL moron fan. They have the almost 44 million in cap space. They have one of the top defenses in the league. The D carried Tebow into the playoffs. They are Peyton and a WR (Reggie Wayne) away from getting to the conference title game. If they land Manning, weapons will want to come to Denver to play.

    ———————————————–

    Umm, let’s do a fact check. One of the top defenses in the league? Official stats from the NFL had Denver 20th in yards per game last year (357) and 24th in points per game (24.4). The unit was improved from rock bottom the prior season, but you think it was a top defense? Sorry, not even close guy. Also, this “top” defense is going to be without some players who will be suspended for some portion of the season. On the offensive side of the ball, you D. Thomas and not much else unless you think a broken down Willis McGahee is the answer in the run game. There won’t be any more gimmicky Tebow led red option to fool people. This will be a conventional NFL offense with Manning, and the fact is Denver just doesn’t have that much talent to execute it.

    Manning is not going to a team “on the verge”. If he or anyone else thinks that, then I wonder who the real morons are?

  78. mullman7675 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:10 PM

    Seattle is waiting in the weeds. Paul Allen will make him an offer he can not refuse. Peyton to the Seahawks, watch it happen.

  79. uscfan1988 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:13 PM

    I gotta be honest most Dolphin fans are clueless the only thing they can do is blame Ireland and Ross even though Parcells made all the decisions before last year and was not hired by ross.As a fin fan id like to upgrade or qb but I’m not flynn is any good or manning will still bee manning no matter what there is risk. I don’t think Matt moore is going to be any better than he was last
    year

  80. benicio1010 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:21 PM

    djdvd says:

    Don’t you see the significance of Manning helping to teach and develop whomever the Dolphins draft at QB? I am more interested in that then Miami being an instant contender.

  81. mjkelly77 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    THIS JUST IN:

    Manning took a deuce this morning and due to nerve damage, needed ASSistance in cleaning up. He says it will not affect his throwing as long as no one asks him to.

    Caveat emptor.
    He screwed the Colts last year so he’ll screw anybody.

  82. hammerhunker says: Mar 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    As a diehard Broncos fan, please sign with Arizona Mr. Manning.

  83. freedomispopular says: Mar 12, 2012 12:32 PM

    I don’t see how Arizona could possibly be in contention being over the cap. If this report is true then he must have made his mind already. Denver it is. Good defense, good running game, Demaryus Thomas plus possibly Wayne and Clark would be a pretty respectable receiving corps. This could work pretty well.

  84. psgrlinco says: Mar 12, 2012 12:38 PM

    sportsgirlguru | Mar 12, 2012, 8:09 AM MDT
    How would anyone justify Peyton going to Denver over Arizona? There is no justification; outside, cold, snowy, no one to throw to…….. Cardinals make sense, we find the answer today!

    -I thought the same thing about the weather in CO before I moved here, but the reality is quite different. Yes, we may get a good 6-12″ of snow every so often, but it’s back up in the 60′s the next day and all of the snow’s gone. I’ve been to chilly games in Mile High, but have also sat in the stands in December in a t-shirt and jeans. Whether he comes here for sure, I have no idea. The sheer fact that all signs seem to point to it makes me doubt it. But weather WON’T be the deciding factor.

  85. ebr362 says: Mar 12, 2012 12:44 PM

    I don’t buy the whole Manning was turned off by the media circus in Miami. What did he expect after he and Irsays news conference. I didn’t see any other players with news conferences when they were cut. As for not talking with miami, wasn’t there a report a week or so ago saying miami has been in touch with his camp already starting a tampering conversation? Maybe what was needed to be said has already been said and there is no need for a visit? If this is on the right track I would expect a one day visit and immediate signing. He can use Denvers weather and Ariz’s cap as the smokescreen.

  86. tqaztec says: Mar 12, 2012 1:01 PM

    I’m soo tired of the Favre stories.

    Wait, what?

  87. grimmlock42 says: Mar 12, 2012 1:15 PM

    I really thought the Texans would’ve been the ideal spot for Manning to go to. Andre Johnson is just as good as Fitzgerald, Arian Foster is gonna be an elite running back for years to come, Owen Daniels is a quality tight end, indoor stadium, get to play the titans twice, the jags twice and especially the colts twice, guaranteed division champs, a great chance to have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs, pretty good defense and he’s never lost in that stadium. Not too far from Louisiana where the family is. I think it’s a perfect fit. For the texans sake, If you can’t beat him, join him. Take nothing away from Shaub, but Peyton Manning is the guy to take you to the promise land.

  88. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 1:46 PM

    abronkella:

    good information on his outdoor vs. indoor stats. The other thing people look at to say he plays poorly outdoors in bad weather is the Colts won/loss is 13-10 in December and January. However, that is a bit misleading too. He had several games in December that he played a few snaps and sat out the rest of game because the Colts playoff spot was set.

  89. azheat says: Mar 12, 2012 1:47 PM

    Sounds like Miami already talked to him..(tampering)

    I just don’t see him in Denver…there has got to be another team we don’t know about.

  90. abronkella says: Mar 12, 2012 2:02 PM

    Gacoltfan,

    Good point. That along with the poster above who described Denver weather as a non-issue for most of the season is why I feel weather or outdoors will have no bearing on the decision Peyton makes.

    I myself would enjoy seeing him play in Denver or Arizona.

  91. georgebrett says: Mar 12, 2012 5:38 PM

    briguy5 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 10:04 AM
    These visits are about more than just seeing the facilities, so that’s just a polite way of telling Miami he isn’t interested.

    Like I’ve been saying for weeks now, Miami was never a contender because it makes no sense to go to the same division as Tom Brady.

    And for 2 weeks you’ve been wrong.

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