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Peyton meets with Philbin in Indy

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When Peyton Manning last was in Indianapolis, he was being cut by the Colts.  Five days later, he was wooed by the Dolphins.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that Manning spent between five and six hours meeting with Miami coach Joe Philbin and other members of the coaching staff, in Indianapolis.

Manning now has met with the Broncos, Cardinals, and Dolphins.  He reportedly will visit the Titans.

The Denver Post reported on Monday afternoon that the Texans and 49ers also are in the hunt.  The Houston Chronicle reported that the Texans aren’t interested.

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56 Responses to “Peyton meets with Philbin in Indy”
  1. jeziyo247 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:20 PM

    Peyton probably wants to see what the teams he has visit gonna pick up in free agent, then he’ll make his decision

  2. KIR says: Mar 12, 2012 11:24 PM

    QB league, QB league blah, blah, blah. If the Broncos, 49er, Texans (some would also say ) Ravens had Peyton or just an above average QB last year they’re in the Super Bowl. Defense and a run is needed in the playoffs in January gentlemen.

  3. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 12, 2012 11:26 PM

    “Peyton….Philbin…………..Philbin….Peyton”

    “You can just call me Joe.”

    “Well, thank God for that!”.

  4. rollteal says: Mar 12, 2012 11:36 PM

    No titans bad !!

  5. srfsail says: Mar 12, 2012 11:40 PM

    Don’t believe everything you read. This is the fins trying to save face. If this is true then Philbin must have been in two different states ay the same time! By now Philbin must be wondering what he’s involved with.

  6. mc9399 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:42 PM

    were the favorites now lol

  7. bouwel92 says: Mar 12, 2012 11:48 PM

    Why would the texans be intrested? We already have a great qb in schuab, and yates is a good back up. I think he should go to denver he can succeed there better than arizona.

  8. hatecuzyouaint says: Mar 12, 2012 11:51 PM

    If he goes to Denver I hope he can play free safety.

  9. nineroutsider says: Mar 12, 2012 11:54 PM

    That guy (Klis) in Denver will report anything that comes across his Twitter feed. Someone send him a tweet…

  10. jrcoop says: Mar 12, 2012 11:58 PM

    Six hours without a facilities tour mixed in sounds like productive use of their time. IMO Joe and Peyton would likely share similar game philosophy and vision. I hope Joe brought his book that he had at his head coach interview with him as it sounded like something a guy like Peyton would appreciate. The possibility of Peyton finding a comfort level with Philbin is highly likely.

  11. WestCoastVet says: Mar 13, 2012 12:09 AM

    49ers just signed Moss. Now Peyton will have a target. If I’m Peyton, I’m headed to the 49ers.

  12. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 13, 2012 12:14 AM

    It’s good for Miami that Peyton met with some great offensive minds in Philbin and Sherman. This offense would be explosive if Manning is at the helm. Plain and simple.

  13. wannstache says: Mar 13, 2012 12:14 AM

    The next thing the Dolphins will hear from Manning is, “It’s not you; it’s me”. Truth is, this speaks volumes about Ross and how he is viewed around the league. Manning wants nothing to do with him. The meeting was probably just a courtesy call at the request of his agent. Now Ross will be mad at Manning like he is at Jeff Fisher, rather than looking in the mirror and seeing the real problem.

  14. tfaulk says: Mar 13, 2012 12:22 AM

    So Philbin (HC), Sherman (OC), Ben Johnson (O Assist), Zac Taylor (QBs), and Jeff Ireland (GM) took the roadshow to a hotel on Peyton’s home turf?

    I like the sound of that for Miami. Much better than a Ross, Ireland, Philbin wine-and-dine in Miami. I don’t even mind if Jeff was there.

  15. Nevis says: Mar 13, 2012 12:34 AM

    I’d prefer to see Manning in Miami, but for whatever reason, I don’t see it. I think he’ll end up in AZ because he’ll have 11+ games in a dome, good WR target, winnable division etc.

    But I’d like to see Miami have a good QB again, I miss the days of Marino-led relevance.

  16. ima9er4life says: Mar 13, 2012 12:40 AM

    I wish he go to the ninerz, he be sick with moss, ginn, and morgan as WR, with a young OL. But the coach goin to keep that bitch Alex Smith

  17. mwcarolina says: Mar 13, 2012 12:44 AM

    i really hopes he ends up a Dolphin, 1) he has a go to WR there…2) Miami is a nice place…3) the Manning vs. Brady duel will happen twice a year which would be good for football

  18. firedup1 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:52 AM

    It would be funny if after all his tours, and after he got everyone worked up that he announces his retirement.

  19. gmen4life33 says: Mar 13, 2012 12:54 AM

    “QB league, QB league blah, blah, blah. If the Broncos, 49er, Texans (some would also say ) Ravens had Peyton or just an above average QB last year they’re in the Super Bowl. Defense and a run is needed in the playoffs in January gentlemen.”

    Giants and Pats, two of the worst defenses and run games last year, both had top 5 QBs, both in SB. Try again.

  20. whatthabucs says: Mar 13, 2012 1:03 AM

    Owner didn’t sent Ireland because of his excellent interviewing skills…”..is your mother a prostitude?”

  21. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 13, 2012 1:06 AM

    One problem is Peyton will want more than Favre received. I believe Favre got 22 mil/yr. So Peyton will want more than that. Who is 23 mil under the cap?

  22. craigmaitland says: Mar 13, 2012 1:08 AM

    Peyton knows where he is going. Why not just have a look see at as many teams playbooks in the meantime.

  23. shieldsisland37 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:09 AM

    Can we stop with all these stupid comments? How many times a day do I have to read.

    “Well this team has a dome, this team has cap space, this team has a wr.”

    Enough already, geez. Lets just see where hes gonna go.

  24. rujusten says: Mar 13, 2012 1:12 AM

    So, just want to make sure I have this correct. If the Skins were have to signed Peyton, it would have been the worst move anyone could make b/c no one knows if he’s healthy or not, blah blah blah.

    If the Dolphins, Cards or Titans sign him, it’s the greatest move a team could make. Double standard???

  25. r2dtox says: Mar 13, 2012 1:25 AM

    Peyton says yes to Philbin only if Kelly Ripa plays center next year.

  26. lostsok says: Mar 13, 2012 1:28 AM

    Jesus God when will it end.

    This is killing Independent George.

  27. briguy5 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:38 AM

    I have been saying that 75% of Peyton Manning is better than 75% of the starting QBs out there. But Matt Schaub is one of the rare ones where the Texans should be plenty happy with the guy they have. Schaub just had some bad luck last year with the injury.

  28. nav711 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:42 AM

    Somebody please give me a good reason why he would go to Miami. The owner is an idiot, the GM a retard, the “star ” receiver an A__ hole and no fans in the stands. People in Miami are crazy to see somebody who can actually play in the fourth quater!

  29. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:02 AM

    Hey, let me know when he throws in front of somebody.

  30. scottdragosnai says: Mar 13, 2012 2:14 AM

    Only makes sense
    Scott Dragos NAI

  31. patsfiend says: Mar 13, 2012 2:19 AM

    WestCoastVet says:
    Mar 13, 2012 12:09 AM
    49ers just signed Moss. Now Peyton will have a target. If I’m Peyton, I’m headed to the 49ers.
    ————
    The 35 yo wr who can’t run on sod catching passes from the 37 yo qb with multiple neck surgeries who has played most of his career in a dome… at Candlestick.

    I wish them the best, really do, but that scenario seems risky.

  32. latenightroach says: Mar 13, 2012 2:42 AM

    Now that’s the kind of meeting I like to see. All about the game with no BS.

    A team owner should write the checks and leave it at that. Philbin is an X’s & O’s guy who’s respectable enough to hold his own; he doesn’t need a team owner at his side drooling on the meeting table.

    Great job by both Manning & the Phins for keeping their pow-wow at the level they did without all the hoopla.

  33. maxvain says: Mar 13, 2012 3:10 AM

    40million in cap room and a Brady-less division, says Peyton goes to Denver.

    Miami has to know Peyton is not coming, but still they need to keep up appearances, so that fans believe they have tried all they could.

    But in reality after Orton, Harbaugh and Fisher left Miami at the alter, there isn’t much comforting the fan base with “best efforts” they want real results.

    But are Dolphin fans in for an even harsher reality than they realize? Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans all have guys at QB they are prepared to go with next season, so they linger, and while they keep the porch light on Peyton, can Miami afford to do the same?

    Dolphins can wait and wait on Peyton, and in the end, soon find that it was a wasted effort, but even worse they could lose out on Flynn while Peyton plays musicals chairs.

    I don’t see this ending well!

  34. jsratx says: Mar 13, 2012 3:26 AM

    Can’t wait to hear Bob McNair’s explanation of why we didn’t at least TRY to talk to Peyton Manning.

  35. paulsmith107 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:21 AM

    Like AJ smith of the chargers hit on. The team that lands Peyton is the one smart enough to bring Archie in for a meeting. I do believe archie is like the wizard of oz working the floating heads of Eli and Peyton

  36. tashkalucy says: Mar 13, 2012 6:08 AM

    “So Philbin (HC), Sherman (OC), Ben Johnson (O Assist), Zac Taylor (QBs), and Jeff Ireland (GM) took the roadshow to a hotel on Peyton’s home turf?”
    ____

    And therein lies the rub.

    Manning might like to do business with those people. Just not in Miami.

    So unless the Dolphins can move to a city where people can be people for the duration of Peyton’s career, it appears that the Dolphins have little chance of signing a family man with a low-key lifestyle.

  37. FurtherSeemsFasano says: Mar 13, 2012 6:44 AM

    Hopefully Jeff Ireland asked if Peyton’s mother is a prostitute. It’s extremely important to the Dolphin’s evaluation process.

  38. delaney37 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:53 AM

    Manning thinks he is bigger than the game and I for one am sick of all the updates. Thank god fa starts today!!! He is a rich mans Chad Pennington. Just sick back and watch he will get a huge contrat and after a year he will bail on a team.

  39. annes22 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:39 AM

    Get on with it, and announce who you are playing for next season. We can then be spared any more false statements. It’s ridiculous, he isn’t the only
    Free Agent that has ever been on the market.

  40. adx321 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:50 AM

    Anyone wonder why he was in Indy?

    Adam Mortenson reports sources believe Peyton Manning will sign with the Colts!

    After several team choices it came down to the fact they already had a Jersey with his name on it!

  41. adx321 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:52 AM

    bouwel92 says:
    Mar 12, 2012 11:48 PM
    Why would the texans be intrested

    Uhhh cuz it’s Peyton Freaking Manning not Matt Schaub?

  42. citnetter says: Mar 13, 2012 8:00 AM

    Well, Mike, going by your, uhhh, ‘logic’ with the Texans, shouldn’t the Jets and/or the Bills be so scared and concerned now that they throw their hat into the Manning sweepsatkes?

  43. dolphinballs says: Mar 13, 2012 8:03 AM

    Something I heard Jesse Agler say on “The Finsiders” yesterday is the Philbin/Dallas Clark Connection.
    Philbin was the O-Line coach @ Iowa when Clark was a TE there. Clark attended Philbin son’s funeral (reportedly driving 6 hours to get there).

    I have always believed that ESPN hates Miami (Phins/Canes) It’s funny this was never mentioned during these “in-depth” reports. No it isnt a direct connection with Peyton but it is a connection besides Marino. May be what got Philbin in the door.

    A 6 hour meeting (if the report is accurate)doesnt sound like Peyton checking a box. It isnt him signing a contract either. Hopefully he will make a decision soon so we can get on with Free-agency and the draft.

  44. jgava19 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:05 AM

    Agree, he should go to SF. That is where he has the best chance at winning. Harbaugh should just talk with Manning privately and let him know all the Y’s on Y he should go there. No announced meeting, no flight to SF, so if it doesn’t happen, it prevents the confidence of Alex Smith from being affected.

  45. citnetter says: Mar 13, 2012 8:11 AM

    RE:adx321 – “Uhhh cuz it’s Peyton Freaking Manning not Matt Schaub?”

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

    Uhh, how many games did Manning play again last year? By my count, he had more neck surgeries than games played. I’m amazed that people don’t get the fact there’s currently great risk with Manning and most franchises are not going to take a chance on setting their franchise back for years if Manning doesn’t pan out. Plus, the financial commitment that goes along with it. The Texans have NO cap space (and that doesn’t even include Mario Williams’ salary). What, are they supposed to purge their roster just to sign a HUGE risk in Manning? Think, people!

  46. adx321 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:52 AM

    citnetter says:

    “Uhh, how many games did Manning play again last year?”

    Not that many less than Schaub :)

    And you are spot on regarding him going to the Texans – people keep slinging around Arizona as well – they are over the cap already.

    It’s like people just totally remove the business equation when stuff likes this happens when the business equation is EXACTLY why he’s on the open market in the first place.

    I’m a Colts season ticket holder – nobody is happy how this turned out no matter how good Luck becomes.

  47. kerc1986 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:56 AM

    Miami should go for flynn instead IMO

  48. igotgamenj says: Mar 13, 2012 8:59 AM

    Matt Flynn to Miami

  49. stlouis1baseball says: Mar 13, 2012 9:00 AM

    delaney37 says:
    Mar 13, 2012 6:53 AM
    Manning thinks he is bigger than the game and I for one am sick of all the updates. Thank god fa starts today!!! He is a rich mans Chad Pennington. Just sick back and watch he will get a huge contrat and after a year he will bail on a team.

    ===================================
    Don’t follow the game much huh? Moreso…don’t know much about #18 huh? Either that…or your post is a ridiculous joke. Either way…FAIL!

  50. p31squared says: Mar 13, 2012 9:02 AM

    shieldsisland37 says: Mar 13, 2012 1:09 AM

    Can we stop with all these stupid comments? How many times a day do I have to read.

    “Well this team has a dome, this team has cap space, this team has a wr.”

    Enough already, geez. Lets just see where hes gonna go.
    ———————–

    You “HAVE” to read them?

  51. emmac13 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    If Peyton goes to Titans. I believe Matt Hasselbeck lands in Cleveland.

  52. ebr362 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:34 AM

    A couple of thoughts crossed my mind regarding this type of meeting:

    1) I have to believe PM was tired from his road trip and didn’t really need to see the Dolphins facilities as he has been there before. I believe he is trying to move reasonably fast on this to allow teams to pursue other Qb options and not hold them hostage and repeat a Lebron type scenario of backlash on his reputation.

    2) The Dolphins new coaching staff are rumored to install the west coast offense and PM obviously wanted to hear how he would fit in that plan or are they willing to be flexable and cater to his style.

    3) Its a save face kind of thing, showing respect to the Dolphins might allow PM and family to remain living in South Beach without to much backlash from rabid fans when he visits his vacation condo.

    4) PM knows the $$$$ will be there where ever he chooses to go so meeting Ross and hearing his sales pitch would be a waste of time as PM knows everything he needs to know about South Beach.

    5) It was simply a money grab, Ross’ big pockets against others big pockets only rasises the pot.

    I’m personally torn on this, Yea he would be great to have for a few years at best but at what expense to the plan of Philbin and Sherman long term ?
    If Philbin like any new coach wants to earn the respect of the locker room how do you bow to PM’s offensive wishes and not look like his biatch? Not a good way to take over a team.
    The more I think of it, if Philbin thinks Flynn is the real deal, go after him and install your full plan and set us up long term.

  53. brianjoates says: Mar 13, 2012 10:27 AM

    Peyton wants nothing to do with Steve Ross and his circus. You don’t think through back avenues the Tuna has let the Manning family know what Steve Ross is all about? Parcells is well respected in football circles, and football people don’t like guys like Ross messing with their sport/business-just sign the checks and don’t show your face, should be the owners attitude.

    Steve Ross is not good for the NFL, he has other agendas. Steve Ross should try and buy the Dodgers, his minor league sports franchise mentality would work in LA, in MLB, it fails in NFL. Steve Ross needs to sell the Dolphins if they ever want to return to a model franchise. Steve Ross has ruined the Miami Dolphins.

  54. ronniemexico says: Mar 13, 2012 10:37 AM

    With Wade, LeBron and theBig Three; and the Marlins spending money like drunken sailors; the Dolphins are spiraling into obscurity. Sounds to me that Dolphins need Manning more than Manning needs the Dolphins. I think Peyton’s got them by the short hairs at the negotiating table.

  55. grninerfan says: Mar 13, 2012 10:54 AM

    You guys act like he is uninjured and 25 rather than one hit away from retirement. The niners have said they are not interested and they are’nt no matter how man times this site reports that they are. He is going to Denver to play for that fool Elway.

  56. ebr362 says: Mar 13, 2012 11:09 AM

    brianjoates says:
    Mar 13, 2012 10:27 AM
    “Peyton wants nothing to do with Steve Ross and his circus. You don’t think through back avenues the Tuna has let the Manning family know what Steve Ross is all about? Parcells is well respected in football circles, and football people don’t like guys like Ross messing with their sport/business-just sign the checks and don’t show your face, should be the owners attitude.”

    I beg to differ, the Tuna WAS living on his old reputation. He built the Cowboys and the Fins in his old style and where did that get those teams? The league changed and no one told the Tuna or he was to pig headed to listen and change with it. Ross stayed out of his way and let him run the football side and Ross ran the Biz side. Tuna realized he could no longer compete in todays football and ran. Ross has some things to learn, but as a finfan having an owner that is willing to pay was it takes and also make the game time experience worth the rediculous prices they make fans pay in my eyes is a good thing.
    Had he landed Harbaugh this whole conversation would be non existant.

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