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Teams getting “worn out” by Peyton chase


If you find the pursuit of Peyton Manning exasperating, a full week after he was cut by the Colts, it could be worse.

You could be one of the teams trying to sign him to a contract.

A league source tells PFT that some of the suitors for his services are tiring of the process.  As the source put it, at least two of the remaining teams in the chase are getting “worn out,” but they are putting up with it because the prize continues to be, well, getting Peyton Manning.

And while Peyton’s financial expectations always have been regarded as a secondary matter about which there would not be much debate once he knows where he wants to play, we’re told that money is a bigger factor than previously believed.

As a source with extensive experience negotiating NFL contracts pointed out Tuesday night (or was it Wednesday morning?), the fact that the pool of potential suitors shrunk from 12 to two or three and then grew to six as of Monday could be interpreted as a sign that, once the financial offers started to come in from teams like the Broncos, Cardinals, and Dolphins, the numbers weren’t where they needed to be — so more teams needed to be brought to the party.

For now, the list of candidates is back to four.  At some point by Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET, the Cardinals have to decide whether to pay Kevin Kolb another $7 million.  And the Dolphins soon may have to see their current Plan B holding up a Brown jersey.

If/when one or more of the remaining teams decide to walk away, that will make it even harder to get the kind of financial package that Peyton wants from those that remain in the running.

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66 Responses to “Teams getting “worn out” by Peyton chase”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 14, 2012 5:17 AM

    The Cardinals need to find out what scrub the Eagles are planning to dump … and give them their #2 pick for him.

  2. joeinoh says: Mar 14, 2012 5:22 AM

    I’m hoping Plan B isn’t in a brown jersey. Surround Colt with at least a couple quality players and he’ll be fine.

  3. dolphins4 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:23 AM

    If the Dolphins are smart they’ll give up on an old and injured Peyton and go sign Matt Flynn soon before the Browns do.

  4. torothebronxbull says: Mar 14, 2012 5:25 AM

    This has become a race of who wants to throw away their money the most, and how much of it they’re willing to throw away…The first time he’s blind sided and put on his MULTI million dollar rump he’s gonna find himself BACK ON THE IR.

  5. kcincider says: Mar 14, 2012 5:26 AM

    KC will take Peyton. The thought of Matt Cassel starting week 1 makes me want to puke.

  6. CKL says: Mar 14, 2012 5:27 AM

    I would laugh if only 1 team made him a real offer. Even if my team needed a QB I wouldn’t touch him. 36 YO band aid who, according to even a fawning media, wants everything done 100% his way including not meeting with an owner of an interested team he’s meeting with who wants to meet with him? Fuggeddaboudit.

  7. rangenius says: Mar 14, 2012 5:28 AM

    Peyton Manning is a selfish person. He is a glorified dome quarterback who was lucky to draw Rex Grossman and the sorry Bears the one time in his 14 year career he was actually able to make a Superbowl. I will take Eli over him anytime. Just retire you punk!

  8. utlonghorn6623 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:29 AM

    Where ever he ends up better have a decent backup. Broke Neck Manning might have problems.

  9. popolover says: Mar 14, 2012 5:35 AM

    When they say it is not about the money, IT IS ALWAYS about the money.

  10. duncanthecat says: Mar 14, 2012 5:41 AM

    RG3 trade looks better day by day.

    For both teams.

  11. borisbulldog says: Mar 14, 2012 5:44 AM

    Call me kookie, but Manning is a potential quad from one blind side bitch slap rush from James Harrison!

    Jeeze, he made $24MM last year and didn’t take a snap! How much money do you need to live in the New Orleans garden district?

    Seriously, Steve Miller said it perfectly, “Take the Money and Run”

  12. noahbird says: Mar 14, 2012 5:56 AM

    @Dolphin4, I agree with just going for Flynn. They should use the saved money to go after a WR (Robinson) , DL (Williams), FS, OL, and CB.

  13. sdisme says: Mar 14, 2012 6:02 AM

    >>>> And while Peyton’s financial expectations always have been regarded as a secondary matter about which there would not be much debate once he knows where he wants to play, we’re told that money is a bigger factor than previously believed. <<<<<

    Wait, your saying a Tom Condon client is going after big money?

  14. pacoltsguy says: Mar 14, 2012 6:04 AM

    Peyton’s going back to the Colts. What’s so hard to figure out about that?

  15. promickey says: Mar 14, 2012 6:04 AM

    What happens when teams chasing him find out that his arm does not have stamina or that the arm is only 55% of what it used to be?

    The Dolphins need to forget about Peyton and let John Elway and the Broncos have him.

  16. beelicker says: Mar 14, 2012 6:09 AM

    Only dome teams should probably covet him anyway & that’s mostly for when he’d play in them (& good luck on the draw in the playoffs)

    … so this leaves AZ & ?

  17. jimmysee says: Mar 14, 2012 6:20 AM

    Apparently no team learned a thing from the Brett fiasco.

  18. torothebronxbull says: Mar 14, 2012 6:22 AM

    I think it’s quite comical that teams are exhausting themselves to throw their millions of dollars away…I’ll give it until week 3 before somebody drills his face into the turf and sends him and his GUARANTEED MULTI MILLION DOLLAR SALARY away for good. Sad, but true…I just hope when it happens it doesn’t paralyze him, cuz he truly is a class act and one of the best the NFL has ever seen.

  19. dumbasdirt says: Mar 14, 2012 6:23 AM

    Peyton Manning=Brett Farve
    Brad Childress is the only person that would know how to get Peyton signed but no one has bothered to ask him how.

  20. cornersss says: Mar 14, 2012 6:25 AM

    “we’re told that money is a bigger factor than previously believed.”

    Of course it is. The bigger the contract, the more money Mannings agent makes.

  21. realityonetwo says: Mar 14, 2012 6:27 AM

    Peyton Manning is turning into a drama queen who would make Brett Favre proud…

  22. cornersss says: Mar 14, 2012 6:29 AM

    “The first time he’s blind sided and put on his MULTI million dollar rump he’s gonna find himself BACK ON THE IR.”

    When he hurt his neck he wasn’t even out out of the game, and it was kind of gruesome.

    So, not sure what your all talking about. Be different if hes had a bad year, or missed off and on games, but he missed last season.
    Nothing says hes going to have a down year, its all stupid guesses on a qb most of us have never seen in our life time play as he has for as long as he has.

  23. bigjd says: Mar 14, 2012 6:29 AM

    Did anyone really think money wasn’t going to be a factor?

  24. ughazi says: Mar 14, 2012 6:29 AM

    Worn out already? So what’s gonna happen when Manning is forcing the coaches to watch some extra film nonstop and the coaches are tired? There’s a reason Manning is so talented…it’s because he doesn’t get “worn out” and if he does, he won’t complain about it.

  25. getit28 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:46 AM

    fans are starting to get tired of this as well

  26. iplaybad says: Mar 14, 2012 7:04 AM

    This process is tiresome! Make a decison, Peyton! The team you pick will be better for it in getting plans made and installed.

  27. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 14, 2012 7:05 AM

    They are getting tired? After a week? It’s their JOB. Suck it up and do it. Poor things. Guess what, sometimes work is hard and tiring.

  28. tallguyme says: Mar 14, 2012 7:12 AM

    The guy has the right to spend more than 2 days on deciding where he wants to play for the next 5 years and finish out his career. These teams need to shut their pieholes, and if you don’t like it, take yourself out of the running.

  29. lucky5934 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:17 AM

    Peyton was medically cleared by doctors who together concluded he was able to withstand the high impact collisions. They wouldn’t do that unless they were completely confident in his neck holding up. After all, doctors do not want to be sued for millions of lost wages. Secondly, Peyton will pick the Dolphins or the Titans in my opinion. Cardinals and Bronco’s offensive lines are just not set up as well at the tackle positions as the Dolphins and Titans. Especially if the Dolphins lure in Eric Winston for the RT position. Fitzgerald is the only reason he would consider the Cardinals, but their offensive line continues to be well…. offensive. The Bronco’s are never out of it, especially considering the division they are in. But I would be surprised if Peyton picks them. Finally, Peyton didn’t forget how to be a top notch QB. His arms is good, but it was his brain, precision, and knowledge of the game that makes him one of the all time best. That hasn’t change, thus he is worth the wait and the risk. Besides, if these front office people are so “worn out” then maybe they should look for new work. I mean for crying out loud, the dude is doing his due dilligence across the nation with various teams. It is not exactly a slow process. So if you don’t want to wait, move on with your next option.

  30. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 14, 2012 7:22 AM

    He’ll be back in Indy. It’s all a hoax.

  31. rdrs68 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:22 AM

    Those of us who live in the Mile High City are getting worn out by the media hype. It’s all Peyton all the time with breathless reporters camped out at Dove Valley bringing updates on updates on updates of nothing.

  32. guvsta says: Mar 14, 2012 7:24 AM

    Last week I was looking forward to a healthy Manning throwing to Brandon Marshall and Reggie Wayne. Today, I’m trying to get my head around the idea of Moore throwing to a weakened receiver corps. As a fan, I rely on the notion that the people running the organization know what they are doing but it’s hard to see the logic in all of this.

    I don’t like the game Manning is playing and think the Dolphins should sign Flynn (if they want him) before he goes to Cleveland. If they don’t think he’s any better than Moore then that’s fine but DON’T get caught out. We’re less than a day into free agency and the shelves are starting to look bare.

  33. 69finfan says: Mar 14, 2012 7:26 AM

    I say go hard after Flynn and make him an offer he can’t refuse. If it works out that PM comes to Miami then it was meant to be, but if not you at least have to close and secure Plan B.

  34. starfan79 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:26 AM

    Isn’t Flynn like Kolb? One good game and nothing else to show? I know kolb had three games, one good one bad and one average… Kind of what I expect from Flynn.

  35. gmen1987 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:32 AM

    Remember what Irsay said, Peyton is a politician. Teams beware.

  36. ezra954 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:38 AM

    This is a bigger joke than farve a few years ago

  37. shea801 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:41 AM

    Aw, I feel sad for these suitors. Here they are trying to do nothing more than build a strong team and this arrogant gentleman wants nothing more than to be paid what he’s actually worth and for the value he will add to a team. The nerve of him! God forbid he made a team bring their ‘A’ game to the negotiating table and forced them to bid against one another. They pull this kind of sh*t with players all the time, but they’ll be damned if a player does it to them.

  38. mtheparrothead says: Mar 14, 2012 7:41 AM

    Of course he’s going to wait. He wants to see who’s going to end up where and make a fully informed decision.

  39. skinsdan says: Mar 14, 2012 7:44 AM

    With all of this attention, Manning will undoubtedly develop an abnormally large head. Wait a minute…..

  40. 1historian says: Mar 14, 2012 7:46 AM

    Who is this ‘Peyton Manning’ person? I’ve never heard of him.

  41. annes22 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:50 AM

    Dolphins need to sign Matt Flynn and stop the messing about.
    Wait until Chicago hears Brandon was in a fight on Sunday night in New York, maybe he will be right back on the doorstep.

  42. intrafinesse says: Mar 14, 2012 7:50 AM

    >>As the source put it, at least two of the remaining teams in the chase are getting “worn out,”

    I find it tiring to look for a job if unemployed. Commutingg to work can be a pain in teh butt. If I am well paid to run a football team worth over $1 Billion, then I will shut my mouth and work hard for a week if it helps the team.

    Try working on a farm, or in a factory, or as a day laborer to see what “worn out” means.

  43. eaglesw00t says: Mar 14, 2012 7:50 AM

    i wouldnt chase him. Go after Flynn or draft one. Tell Peyton to take a hike.

    We dont know how well he will play. If he ever does play again.

  44. gmsingh says: Mar 14, 2012 7:55 AM

    Teams? What about the fans!

  45. kingjoe1 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:09 AM

    If I were the Eagles I would stick to an incentive ladden deal and find out if Peyton wants to win or collect a check. Manning wants both, but the Eagles as usual are saying we want you, but we aren’t taking all the risk. I hope they get it worked out.

  46. bobfultz says: Mar 14, 2012 8:16 AM

    As a Phin fan, I’d prefer the team signing Matt Flynn over Manning. I believe Flynn is the better quarteback in the long run. I said the samething about Philbin over Fisher.

    Go Phins!

  47. xli2006 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:25 AM

    Worn out? Nah, you’ve already beat it into our skulls every day for the last 3-4 months.

  48. phinfan527 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:33 AM

    Please don’t turn this into a Brett Favre sideshow!!!

  49. infectorman says: Mar 14, 2012 8:35 AM

    If I own one these desperate teams, don’t I want to have my “football people” see big-head throw before we chuck wheelbarrows full of cash at him?

    I mean really, what if he just doesn’t have it anymore?
    With that Frankenstein neck, he may be lucky if he can even hold a clipboard once he goes on 15 day disabled list for a “tweak in his neck area”
    lordy, lordy!

  50. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 14, 2012 8:39 AM

    I’m starting to dislike Peyton, this is getting stupid. How hard is it to decide where you wanna go? C’mon man!!

  51. kingpel says: Mar 14, 2012 8:47 AM

    The Dolphins are having an interesting off season. Seems no one wants to take their talents to South Beach any more.

    That owner really is a clown huh?

  52. 305fan says: Mar 14, 2012 8:50 AM

    I was drinking the Peyton Koolaide, but it’s turned into Brett Favre 2.0. Time to move on or miss the free agency train.

  53. hdahs143 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:57 AM

    It has always been about the money.

  54. karl422 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:00 AM

    Hey Peyton, How much is enough? You took the colts for all you could squeeze out of them. Do you really think another team is going to pay you like the Colts did?

  55. gmen1987 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 AM

    kingjoe1 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 8:09 AM
    If I were the Eagles I would stick to an incentive ladden deal and find out if Peyton wants to win or collect a check. Manning wants both, but the Eagles as usual are saying we want you, but we aren’t taking all the risk. I hope they get it worked out.

    Goobs, You Feable fans are stuck with Ookie. You wanted that guy, you got him. Peyton is not going to to a team with another starting QB like the Feables. Besides Feable fans are the worse in the league, no way is Peyton going there.

  56. laeaglefan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:05 AM

    “The Cardinals need to find out what scrub the Eagles are planning to dump … and give them their #2 pick for him”

    The Eagles will gladly take a #2 for Mike Kafka. Oh wait…the Eagles already have the Cardinals #2 this year. Maybe a #1 in next year’s draft?

  57. udogg says: Mar 14, 2012 9:06 AM

    I am wondering if Condon sold Manning a bill of goods about what he could get Manning in the open market.

  58. bostonbman says: Mar 14, 2012 9:08 AM

    I hope they all walk and Manning spends another year on the bench. Dude, you’re damaged goods and unproven since multiple surgeries. Quit being a prima-donna. Really starting to hope you suck big time this year.

  59. phillyfan4ever says: Mar 14, 2012 9:19 AM

    Its been going on for a week…

  60. homelanddefense says: Mar 14, 2012 9:24 AM

    A real shocker here, Peyton wants things done his way or he wont play for you. Wonder how many teams will get porked waiting on this guy.

  61. theuglitruth says: Mar 14, 2012 9:47 AM

    Time for the overgrown crybaby to make a decision so we can get back to football.

  62. jeziyo247 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:03 AM

    I bet we all know who are the two exhausted teams, Miami and Arizona. The longer it takes for them to pursue manning, the more they have to lose, the broncos have nothing to lose weather they get Peyton or not and the titans haven’t even met with him yet. Its only been one week and theres no need for manning to jump into a decision so soon. Put yourself in his shoe, if you had four job offers in four different states, theres a lot to consider and talk over with your family.just suck it up and if it’s meant to be, then you’ll have manning

  63. lionsplayoffs says: Mar 14, 2012 10:03 AM

    “we’re told that money is a bigger factor than previously believed.”

    What exactly were the other factors? If the guy wouldn’t budge on $28M from his own team after taking $26M to ride the bench for a year, obviously his demands are going to be huge.

    If I’m the Cardinals I still pay the window. Kevin Kolb was a failure and Manning gives them a real shot to be contenders.

  64. maxvain says: Mar 14, 2012 12:30 PM

    Dolphins have the worse FO in the history of this league!

  65. granadafan says: Mar 14, 2012 1:54 PM

    If teams are getting worn out after only a few days, then how in the world are they going to handle an entire season with a bad QB? It’s the fans who are getting sick of the overblown media stories

    I can’t wait for LeBron Manning to end this charade and tell everyone of The Decision to where he will take his talents.

  66. eagles92 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:20 PM

    Love all these phins fans saying how there was no doubt he was going to miami. Now that it looks like hes not going there they would rather have matt flynn. Haha you were better off with Henne.

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