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Peyton Manning will meet with Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin speaks to the media after he was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins in Davie Reuters

Peyton Manning is lining up more visits, and the Dolphins will get their wish of at least getting an opportunity to make a sales pitch to the NFL’s most coveted free agent.

Manning will meet with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. Mort also confirmed that Manning will meet with Titans head coach Mike Munchak.

However, Manning’s meeting with the two coaches will apparently not take place in the teams’ facilities, and instead will be one-on-one meetings with the coaches elsewhere. That may suggest that Manning isn’t quite as sold on the Dolphins and Titans as he was on the Broncos and Cardinals, or it may just mean that Manning is getting worn down and wants to keep things low-key.

But in any event, Philbin will now be the man who has to sell Manning on the Dolphins’ offense and try to convince him that Miami is the place for him. There’s no question that Philbin’s boss, Stephen Ross, wants to see this deal get done and will spend whatever it takes to get Manning in the fold, but for Manning it will likely be more important to hear Philbin explain why he believes his system is the right fit for Manning.

Complicating matters is that free agency starts in earnest on Tuesday, and that’s when Matt Flynn becomes a free agent. As the Packers’ backup while Philbin was the Packers’ offensive coordinator, Flynn knows the offense the Dolphins will run and would seem to be a natural target for the Dolphins if they can’t get Manning. But there’s no doubt that Manning is the Dolphins’ No. 1 priority, and if Flynn wants to go to Miami, he’s going to have to wait for Manning to have the right of first refusal.

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  1. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 12, 2012 3:20 PM

    Please stay out of the AFC east.

  2. cali49er707 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:21 PM

    BREAKING NEWS

    peyton manning was seen pumping gas & talking on a cell phone

  3. roamingabriel says: Mar 12, 2012 3:21 PM

    Awesome! It’s going to be fun watching Miami mess this up and get neither of them!!!

  4. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2012 3:22 PM

    How long till we’re getting reports on Peyton’s dinner orders?

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 12, 2012 3:23 PM

    Jake Long, Brandon Marshall, good defense, loads of hot women. What’s not to like besides the owner?

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 12, 2012 3:23 PM

    First of all, I didn’t think signing Maning was right for Miami, but after all this commotion, I feel like not signing him is somewhat of a defeat for some reason.

    So now that I want to sign Manning (even though I know it’s a disaster waiting to happen), I feel much better with Philbin being the face/voice of the franchise than Ross/Ireland. Not that Philbin is so wonderful (although his demeanor reminds me of Tony Dungy), but Ross/Ireland have consistently embarrassed the franchise in thee types of moments.

    If Manning signs, I don’t think he wants to deal with anyone other than Philbin, which is okay with me.

  7. djdvd says: Mar 12, 2012 3:24 PM

    Don’t do it joe. All the dolphins have been seen as so far is a bargaining chip to get what the person really wants (see: Fischer). Someone needs to stand up for this franchise and say if you don’t want us fine – find someone who does. I’m tired of seeing this proud franchise turn into a joke!

  8. mrplow3 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:24 PM

    Didn’t the Titans just use a top 10 pick on a QB last year?

  9. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 12, 2012 3:25 PM

    I don’t understand why some act like this isn’t news. My team is not in the Manning-Lottery, yet I’m fascinated by this story. If you don’t want breaking news of this sort there are other websites to visit.

  10. jolink653 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:26 PM

    well this is refreshing…a new peyton manning article…haven’t see one of those in awhile…

  11. nflsonlyone says: Mar 12, 2012 3:27 PM

    but wait this can’t be right cause Schefter and Mortenson said he wasn’t meeting anymore teams……. so sad that those 2 still have jobs

  12. yycfin says: Mar 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    Tomorrow all the cards will be on the table. Whether Miami snatches up Flynn or doesn’t the story will be told.

  13. itsthestupidity says: Mar 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    Enough Already! This is comical really and another monumental blunder by this administration that is the Dolphins. Is it not apparent that PM thinks Ross is a tool? Let’s say we pursue Flynn and not tell anybody. Matter of fact, we should absolutely deny it publicly! That or let Pat friggin Reilly handle the negs.

  14. trueski21 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Mar 12, 2012 3:22 PM
    How long till we’re getting reports on Peyton’s dinner orders?

    we already had that story last week…remember they fired the waiter for posting the receipt on twitter

  15. dmf3258 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    I am sure that the Titans and Dolphins will be the favorites by Wednesday….too much speculation.

    Maybe no one really knows who is the front runner…

  16. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    “or it may just mean that Manning is getting worn dow’

    Worn Down??? Isn’t he supposed to be a professional NFL quaterback???

    What has he turned into… a sissy???

    Oh, how glad I will be if he signs with the Fins!!

    Put two wins into the Jets column!!

  17. spfripp says: Mar 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    Smart thing for Miami to do is to negotiate with both Flynn and Manning and sign whoever comes around 1st. Both players are risks but at the same time they can’t gamble on losing out on both players.

  18. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    Good Lord. This is insane. I saw ESPN following Peyton’s truck as he was driving somewhere (didn’t bother to listen) as if he was O.J. Man, all I want to know is where he signs. I don’t need to know his every move.

  19. randomguy9999 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    it’s going to get very awkward for Miami very quick….. and awkward for them means dropping all three balls simultaneously:

    odds of starting QB:

    Manning: 25%
    Flynn: 5%
    Moore: 70%

  20. ampats says: Mar 12, 2012 3:31 PM

    I think Joe Philbin would rather start his team with his own QB as in Matt Flynn. Peyton Manning would make them a playoff team but not best for the future of the franchise .

  21. xpensivewinos says: Mar 12, 2012 3:35 PM

    Who else finds it odd that the GM is not involved in the most significant meeting this ownership/regime has had? Ross needs to find a GM who doesn’t wear a helmet and needs to be hidden in right field…..

  22. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 3:36 PM

    Elway is flabbergasted!

  23. emaimo80 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:36 PM

    Miami, forget manning! Go all-in on Flynn!!!! The list is endless on why we shouldn’t have tried to pursue manning in the first place. You snooze on Flynn you will regret it! Bow out, have Philbin take the Ross’s Helicopter to pick up Flynn at 4:01pm tomorrow before the browns and Seahawks get involved.

  24. paleandpasty says: Mar 12, 2012 3:41 PM

    Joe Philbin’s football intelligence will win this for Miami.

  25. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 3:42 PM

    whatnojets:

    So because a reporter speculates (not even the infamous “unnamed source” said it) that he might be worn down, you take that as the truth and believe he has turned into a sissy?

  26. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    BREAKING NEWS!!!

    Peyton just took a pee in the bathroom!

    All ended well

  27. dvnelson72 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    This is starting to feel very Brett Favre-re-re-re-re ish

  28. mc9399 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:43 PM

    Philbin is a great coach, he’ll get the job done

  29. whatnojets says: Mar 12, 2012 3:44 PM

    Quick…call the exterminators…!!! This message board is infested with Fins Fans!!!

  30. beeronthefridge says: Mar 12, 2012 3:45 PM

    nflsonlyone says: Mar 12, 2012 3:27 PM

    but wait this can’t be right cause Schefter and Mortenson said he wasn’t meeting anymore teams……. so sad that those 2 still have jobs

    ——————————————————

    I don’t know what’s worst: Schefter and Mortenson spewing nonsense or the fools that believe them.

  31. cynicalbengalsfan says: Mar 12, 2012 3:46 PM

    This makes too much sense, he must be trying to squeeze Denver for more cash.

  32. ytownie says: Mar 12, 2012 3:47 PM

    Flynn signs with the Browns by 4:30 PM Tuesday.

  33. gacoltfan says: Mar 12, 2012 3:48 PM

    “That may suggest that Manning isn’t quite as sold on the Dolphins and Titans as he was on the Broncos and Cardinals, or it may just mean that Manning is getting worn down and wants to keep things low-key.”

    Or it may mean that he was being truthful when he said he was working hard everyday to rehab and he doesn’t want to take days off to fly around the county to talk to every team that may be interested in him, but he will take the time to meet with him if they want to come see him.

  34. mdev1987 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:48 PM

    Joe is a white tony dungy. Manning n joe are like lamb and tuna fish…maybe you prefer speghetti and meatball??

  35. aemtheshark says: Mar 12, 2012 3:50 PM

    It is mind boggling how the world could hate Mr. Stephen Ross for going to court Jim Harbaugh while retaining Tony Sparano. Sound familiar with Mr. Elway and Tim Tebow? Ah but no, no one has even pondered the emotional distress that Manning to Denver had put on Tim Tebow. The world hates the Miami Dolphins

  36. nineroutsider says: Mar 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    Manning is going to start taking a bus like Madden…his neck hurts from lowering his head getting in and out of the corporate jets.

  37. dlw492 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:51 PM

    How funny would it be to see Peyton just call it quits and becomes Head Coach of the UTVols (cuz Dooley blows)

  38. ebr362 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:56 PM

    I think Philbin is the right guy to have PM talk to. He is a very detailed person and one that PM can relate on a field level. Ross and Ireland are execs and at this point I bet PM is more concerned with operations then management and being force fed Ross’ money. Thats why Denver got good reports, Elway is a field guy turn exec and Ariz had Fitz sit in with the group.

  39. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2012 3:58 PM

    trueski21 says:Mar 12, 2012 3:28 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Mar 12, 2012 3:22 PM
    How long till we’re getting reports on Peyton’s dinner orders?

    we already had that story last week…remember they fired the waiter for posting the receipt on twitter

    Well played sir, well played…

  40. rcali says: Mar 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    Are any of these teams going to actually make Peyton Favre throw for them? How about turn his neck to the left and right without seeing him wince? Why do I think this is not going to happen to those who are desparate?

  41. croghan1919 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:02 PM

    Another reason he doesnt need to have a site visit: He already knows the facilties at Tenn and Miami.

  42. kane337 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    But wait….I thought Mort and Adam said he wasn’t going to meet with any more teams?

    I knew they were wrong from the start. Their sources (Manning’s agents) played them for fools.

  43. colt2011 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:07 PM

    There is NO favorite at this point. Apparently the 6 hour meetings in DEN and AZ did not produce contracts.

    As for being exhausted, no kidding. A lot of miles over 3 days. Even when teams travel it’s 1 way, stay overnite, play, go home. Ever seen teams on plane after away games-they are ALL sleeping. JET LAG

    These tours are also mentally exhausting. Only 1 guy doing travelling and listening to dozens talk at him, make the sales pitches. If Manning is only having 1 on1 with a head coach, better.

    Too bad media is following him around so much. Annoying, invasion of privacy. He’s NOT meeting them at team facilities because of media. Don’t blame him.

    Too much travel, not enough time. Doubt he’ll be ready to decide before FA starts. It hasn’t even been a week since he was released. (As for those who think he’s stealing someone’s job. Don’t hear him whining about Andrew Luck going to Indy. He’s entitled to work somewhere too. Definitely qualified).

    Whoever wants him enough will have the best package to offer him. He’s entitled to listen and make a choice-whenever.

  44. croghan1919 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:08 PM

    Hasselback just drop kicked his cat

  45. croghan1919 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    Mea Culpa, * Hassellbeck

  46. igotgamenj says: Mar 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    It could be a blessing in disguise, Ross and Ireland won’t be there.

  47. benicio1010 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:13 PM

    However, Manning’s meeting with the two coaches will apparently not take place in the teams’ facilities, and instead will be one-on-one meetings with the coaches elsewhere. That may suggest that Manning isn’t quite as sold on the Dolphins and Titans as he was on the Broncos and Cardinals, or it may just mean that Manning is getting worn down and wants to keep things low-key.
    ____________________________________

    Cmon dude…… know your reporting please! He is very familiar w/ the Dolphins complex. He has used it many times before. He doesn’t need to see the facilities.

  48. benicio1010 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    IF Miami re-structures some contracts in the next day or so, Manning will be a Dolphin.

  49. cryforburke says: Mar 12, 2012 4:23 PM

    Dolphins waste time on trying to get Manning.

    Matt Flynn goes elsewhere while Dolphins waste time on trying to get Manning.

    Manning finally decided on going to Denver.

    Idiot Ross and Idiot Ireland sell the farm to get Tim Tebow in a desperate attempt to fill seats. (convincing Tebow that Miami is where he belongs by reminding him that they held a UF Alumni day last season…)

    I purchase a new shotgun and end my own suffering.

    ugh.

  50. kydolfan says: Mar 12, 2012 4:31 PM

    well this is refreshing…a new peyton manning article…haven’t see one of those in awhile…

    Then why take the time to not only open and read article(you obviously knew what it was about), but you also take time to complain about it, smh.

  51. jrcoop says: Mar 12, 2012 4:33 PM

    Philbin is the best person to meet witb Peyton for the Dolphins. Straight forward and should be able to develope a great rapport with him. It’s been said Philbin is a lot like Dungy in many ways. Manning has already been ro the facility during the SB there so facility tour is unecessary. Good move by Phins.

  52. tomtravis76 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:36 PM

    Tebow to Dolphins for 2012 and the start of the Matt Barkley to Miami in 2013 campaign.

  53. finsuppatsdown says: Mar 12, 2012 4:36 PM

    @whatnojets

    You do realize the Fins have beat the Jets 5 out of the last eight meetings right? We have not been a good team during that stretch either. Rex Ryan is lucky to split with the Dolphins let alone sweep them. The Dolphins would sweep the Jets next year with Matt Moore let alone Peyton Manning. Have fun being at the bottom of the division next year. You guys should sign Henne, its sad, but he is an improvment over Marky GQ.

  54. suttonea76 says: Mar 12, 2012 4:59 PM

    Why would you hurry to make a decision when you don’t have to? Peyton is making all the right moves and must have an interest in Miami or he would have declined the request.

    The only leverage Manning has is if the dollar amounts were advertised and then he could leverage contract numbers against each other. At this point, money isn’t the issue and you cannot leverage anything in football outside of money and control.

    Peyton is going to have a pro bowl year no matter where he goes and Miami is clearly the best option as they will solidify their line in the draft and pick up another receiver….Wayne! Who knows, they may go after Dwight Freeney to shore up the Colts reunion tour in Miami.

    Go fish!!!

  55. 305phinphan says: Mar 12, 2012 5:00 PM

    I love all of these hate comments by Jet fans! The funny thing is say Manning signs somewhere else besides Miami, let’s say that Flynn feels disrespected and stays away from Miami. Let’s go as far to say that someone drafts Ryan Tannehill before Miami picks at 8.

    Guess what Jet fans? Miami STILL has a better QB than you guys in Matt Moore! Plus the Jets just extended Sanzchise another 3 years! LOL Do you all not realize that no matter what you guys say even being the worst case scenario Miami still has a better option at QB then the Jets do!

  56. ernie ernie says: Mar 12, 2012 5:02 PM

    Peytons agent must be calling the shots and obviously is drooling over a bidding war of which he gets a percentage of the take.
    Last week the word was he would make a quick decision this week and now he’s going on tour?
    Either there is something he doesn’t like with Denver or Arizona or he is in it for the bucks, as much as possible and the more bidders the better.

    So much for looking for the perfect fit.

  57. kacapaco says: Mar 12, 2012 5:06 PM

    I don’t expect manning to choose Miami as it will pitch him against patriots and jets 4 times a yr.

  58. livebyfaithnotsight says: Mar 12, 2012 5:08 PM

    I was never a big believer that Peyton would end up in Miami. They still have much more to improve on, and competing against the Jets and Pats in a tough division makes it even less appealing. I think the Dolphins need a younger guy to lead the team back to prominence. I still believe that they’ll land Flynn, and it’ll work out best for them in the long-term. Peyton needs to go to a team with which he can win a ring sooner rather than later.

  59. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 12, 2012 5:13 PM

    Manning will be a Dolphin. Been saying it for 2 weeks now. But he has to explore all options. This is a 4 year decision he’s making people. He’s been a Dolphins fan since he was a kid.

  60. tomtravis76 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:19 PM

    Number one reason Manning won’t sign with the Dolphins…its like playing 16 road games each season. The Dolphin fans don’t show up to games. The stadium is filled with the visting team fans, and the Dolphins count on that type of ticket sale.

  61. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 12, 2012 5:32 PM

    sportsmeccabi says:Mar 12, 2012 3:23 PM

    Jake Long, Brandon Marshall, good defense, loads of hot women. What’s not to like besides the owner?

    Thats pretty funny…am hoping you aren’t serious.

    Lets see:

    Fanbase/home crowd: tied for last in NFL w/Tampa & Jacksonville. More opposing team fans @ all 8 home games.

    Owner…a simple joke, clueless.
    GM…SEE Owner..if he was golfer, would lead tour in whiffs
    Good defense?..Very average, J Taylor 2nd best pass rusher…succeeded at times when teams didnt take them seriously.

    Organization overall…that franchise has been a mess for well over 10 years.

    Halftime Shows…the NFL’s best
    Ross’ in stadium disco…has many of the hot women /bimbos you referenced…Can you afford it?

    That being said, Dolphins & Bills have better future than jets.

  62. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 12, 2012 5:57 PM

    Anyway you slice it… it will be the jests fighting the Jills for last place in the division…
    Same
    Old
    Jests

  63. kerc1986 says: Mar 12, 2012 6:57 PM

    Idk about u guys but I read article on s.I. about the late performances on qb when they get old, n I didn’t like those stats too much, how they show the decline of manning over past 4years, I wouldn’t mind if manning chooses miami, but after all this crap, I’m starting to lean over fins should sign flynn, is a risk on both players at end of day, but with flynn u get a younger guy who will know system most likely.

  64. warhawk1 says: Mar 12, 2012 10:35 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I foolishy believed that Peyton’s goal was to win a Superbowl. Now, we all know that he just wants to stay close to is family and show other QB’s that is he is more important than they will ever be. Fame/Money really does corrupt. sucks…

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