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Andy Reid considered bringing Peyton Manning to Philadelphia


Eagles coach Andy Reid loves collecting quarterbacks, and he considered adding a very, very big one to his collection: Peyton Manning.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that Reid wanted to jump into the Manning sweepstakes, and that it was Manning who didn’t like the idea.

Manning’s objection was less about the Eagles than about his discomfort about playing his brother Eli and the Giants twice a season.

There’s no word on what Manning signing in Philadelphia would have meant for the future of Michael Vick, but it’s another reminder of how much Reid enjoys tinkering with his quarterbacks. Under Reid’s direction the Eagles have made big splashes at quarterback through free agency and the draft, and the Eagles have thrice fleeced opposing teams by trading away quarterbacks A.J. Feeley, Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb and receiving in return better value than those quarterbacks proved to be worth.

The one thing Reid hasn’t done is found a quarterback who could win him a Super Bowl. Reid apparently thought Manning might have been that quarterback, but Manning decided to go elsewhere.

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  1. medtxpack says: Mar 23, 2012 10:55 AM

    Is every coach going to say this now?!

  2. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 23, 2012 10:56 AM

    Well, hopefully teams will wise up and stop ponying up premium draft picks for overrated Eagles.

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 23, 2012 10:58 AM

    As a Broncos fan I love that this story came out.
    Further proof that when a HOF QB is on the market, you go after him. At the very least you consider it.

    Outside of 6-8 teams (pats, packers, saints, etc) all other teams should’ve taken a shot at manning.

  4. scottpavek says: Mar 23, 2012 10:58 AM

    So did the Colts, Roughriders, and NFL Network

  5. jeffhink says: Mar 23, 2012 10:59 AM

    If you’re a coach who doesn’t have a starting quarterback named Brees, Brady, Rodgers, or Manning you at least thought about bringing in Peyton. You’re not doing your job if you don’t at least do that much.

  6. asw1028 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    Hmm, let’s see…AJ Feely draft pick was used on Reggie Brown, McNabb draft pick was used on Nate Allen, and for Kolb we got DRC and a 2nd round pick that Andy will probably use to try and draft a doughnut shop. ‘Fleece’ is a bit of a stretch here.

  7. tylerthrash2112 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    Is Andy Reid already losing his sane mind!? Where is he getting all this money he pretends to have? To me it seems like he cares nothing about the future of the organization.

  8. yahmule says: Mar 23, 2012 11:00 AM

    Presumably Michael Vick would retire from the NFL and devote all his concentration to being a despicable scumbag.

  9. ravenscaps48 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    Do the Eagles have an extra surplus of Salary Cap Space that no other team in the League has? Because it sure seems like it!

  10. kaywan95 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    Eagles suck! They always have one of the most “talented” teams and still do nothing!

  11. phillyfan4ever says: Mar 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    This was well know in the Philadelphia area, they talked about it on sports radio for a week straight.

    Would have been a great fit, but the who Eli thing was def a circus Peyton didn’t want to be apart of.

  12. truthfactory says: Mar 23, 2012 11:01 AM

    NFC has Brees, Rodgers, Stafford, E.Manning, Vick, Cutler, Ryan, Romo, etc…

    AFC has Brady and….. Rothlesburger? Schaub? Flaco?

    P. Manning probably didnt want to let Brady walk into a 6th Superbowl as easy as he did his 5th

  13. agelardi says: Mar 23, 2012 11:03 AM

    I don’t get why, after competing with your brother your entire childhood, NOW it’s an issue.

  14. carlnova says: Mar 23, 2012 11:06 AM

    further more evidence that the Eagle front office seriously regrets giving 12/16 games healthy Michael Vick another 100 million dollar contract

  15. eastsideballa says: Mar 23, 2012 11:07 AM

    It would’ve been a good fit because I hear Manning is a straight bawws in dog-fighting.

  16. realnflmaster says: Mar 23, 2012 11:08 AM

    Is he dreaming?

  17. kajepage says: Mar 23, 2012 11:10 AM

    non story. no way he would’ve went to the NFC East with Eli there already

  18. paleandpasty says: Mar 23, 2012 11:11 AM

    So for the Eagles you hype the fact that Reid considered this (making this a good thing) even though manning turned his down quickly.

    The Dolphins have a better experience because they at least got the interview with Manning and PFT considers them an epic failure.


  19. frankfordyellowjackets says: Mar 23, 2012 11:11 AM

    “Andy Reid loves collecting quarterbacks”? Does he really collect QB’s?

  20. therealsmiley says: Mar 23, 2012 11:11 AM

    As a Redskins fan that would have been a scary team with Peyton leading that offense. Hail!

  21. okldr8daz says: Mar 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    That would bring winning & a Superbowl…. Andy didn’t want to break Eagles Tradition!

  22. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 23, 2012 11:12 AM

    You woulda had people screaming racism. If they would have shipped out Vick.

    SN: Where is Philly getting all this money from? How could they have afforded him with all the money they giving Vick, Asomoah, Samuel, Cole, Desean Jackson, Cullen Jenkins, etc.

  23. erod22 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:12 AM


    With the addition of RGIII, pass-happy Reid doesn’t want to have the worst QB in the NFC East.

  24. gmen1987 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:13 AM

    Peyton would never go there. Reasons.

    1. No way he would share time with Ookie

    2. He would have to play Eli twice and Daddy doesn’t want that.

    3. He wouldn’t want to cause a conflict of interest with Tony Dungy.

    4. Philly and their fans just suck.

  25. CJ says: Mar 23, 2012 11:16 AM

    if he didn’t consider it, he should be fired on the spot for being an idiot.

    of course, most fellow eagle fans would agree that this should’ve been done already, so I guess it’s a moot point.

  26. 49erstim says: Mar 23, 2012 11:18 AM

    Am I the only one that finds his displeasure about playing Eli a little disconcerting? So either he doesn’t wanna embarrass Eli 2 times per year OR he doesn’t wanna get embarrassed by Eli twice per year. Either way thats a knock on his competitiveness. This whole ordeal has left me with a different view of PM. He did alleviate some of that when he was willing to throw for a few teams which I didn’t think he would.

  27. NoDecaf says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    As an Eagles fan, “Andy what the hell are you doing? You never say jack about anything, but you put this out there? How does this help anything?”

  28. randall351 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    In other news:

    The sky is blue, & water is still wet.

    What a non story.

  29. mickmars says: Mar 23, 2012 11:21 AM

    And in other shocking news he considered seconds at the all you can eat buffet…..

  30. chrisvegas says: Mar 23, 2012 11:22 AM

    Can you imagine how dangerous the Eagles offense would have been with Manning as the QB?

  31. notrelated says: Mar 23, 2012 11:22 AM

    The day this Vick experiment finally ends I will throw a mothering party on a motherfn boat. Surely Reid has to know a qb who can’t slide or Ben throw a ball away will never bring a team to a Super Bowl.

  32. daysend564 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    He’d get killed in the NFC East. He had to go to somewhere that he plays against no good defenses.

  33. maxinquaye7 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    a pre-emptive strike from Reid? IF Manning is healthy and IF he can perform at >= 90% of what he was before the surgeries, i’m guessing a lot more teams will be trying to convince their fans that they tried to get him too…

  34. roastbeefsandwich says: Mar 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    I don’t agree that most teams should have taken a shot at Manning.

    There are plenty of teams that have serviceable quarterbacks that wouldn’t benefit greatly from Manning. The cap space that signing him could be used to add other key pieces. Clearly, even having one of the best QB’s of all time only got the Colts one SB ring from it.

    However, if you have the cap space, and the rest of the team is built to be a contender, then by all means, go for it.

  35. zoidenflak says: Mar 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    jeffhink says:
    If you’re a coach who doesn’t have a starting quarterback named Brees, Brady, Rodgers, or Manning…
    Let’s not forget Roethlisberger…
    …who actually has twice as many Super Bowl rings than three of those…

  36. geo1113 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Am I the only one that finds his displeasure about playing Eli a little disconcerting?

    I don’t. I also understand why the Klitschko brothers don’t want to fight each other.

  37. thetooloftools says: Mar 23, 2012 11:30 AM

    Does the league have one cap amount and the Eagles another?

  38. jnks10 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    About the Eagles and money since most of you aren’t fans of the eagles or are haters they have samuel who will be traded before the season. My guess is watch him go with a second rounder during the draft to potentially get 2 first round picks. Second Vick can be cut after this season without a penny in penalities. Guys keep saying they regret signing vick to that contract but you don’t realize before he gets the big money they put a clause in the contract to get out of it after the 2012-2013 season. Third the eagles have never spent money ever. When they went to 5 NFC championship games they were 20 million under the cap. The only reason they are spending now is because the league set that new 98% of the cap must be spent rule.

  39. conormacleod says: Mar 23, 2012 11:37 AM

    Why are these coaches announcing to the world, and their team, and especially their current QB; “We are not happy with who our QB is, so we wanted a different QB”. I don’t care if his name is Peyton Manning, you don’t let your current QB know this info.

  40. fuaholes says: Mar 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    You are absolutely right 49erstim. PM’s recent decisions don’t paint him in a favorable light and definitely tarnish his competitiveness and intestinal fortitude. What a pus. Waaaa, he doesn’t want to play Eli. What a loser. This is the reason why PM has only won 1 SB (thanks to his D) and is barely 500 in the playoffs. He is a choker and will not win another SB. What an ass clown this guy is. Total DB.

  41. mungman69 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:40 AM

    Yea, this is old news.

  42. geo1113 says: Mar 23, 2012 11:43 AM

    agelardi says:
    Mar 23, 2012 11:03 AM
    I don’t get why, after competing with your brother your entire childhood, NOW it’s an issue.

    Peyton is 5 years older than Eli. So when Eli was in Pee Wee, Peyton was in high school. When Eli was in high school, Peyton was in college. When Eli was in college, Peyton was in the NFL. They have played against each other twice in the NFL. Now what is it you don;t get!

  43. brintfatre says: Mar 23, 2012 12:00 PM

    What would it take for Andy to add a Tony Romo to his collection?

  44. radrntn says: Mar 23, 2012 12:00 PM

    sure he did, until he realized he had to pay him

  45. 49erstim says: Mar 23, 2012 12:01 PM


    I understand your logic, but im not talking about PM punching his lil bro in the face, I’m talking about trying to outwit/outduel him. IMO that’s different. I’ve competed against my lil bro countless times in sports. I love him but not when we’re lined up across from each other. We play and win or lose we grab a drink afterwards.

  46. jacksaysfu says: Mar 23, 2012 12:24 PM

    Im glad they didnt get Manning . 96 Millon is to much for a 36 year old QB , especially with a QB whose had multiple & serious neck surgerys . I think Vicks a very good QB who had a bad year. They are gonna have to draft a QB within the next couple years to get our QB of the future.

  47. duncanthecat says: Mar 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    Reid also inquired as to what the Rams would take for the rights to RG3.

    He obviously knows something about Vick that is forcing his hand.

  48. jumbossportsblog says: Mar 23, 2012 2:01 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog and commented:
    Would have never happened. The Manning family doesn’t want them in the same conference, let a lone division. They want them playing for the whole thing in February.

  49. sean6886 says: Mar 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    Why is Andy Reid still a coach?

  50. oldbyrd says: Mar 23, 2012 6:39 PM

    I truly wish Peyton well but, he is a accident waiting to happen. I guess the teams that wanted him feel sure he will stay healthy..I hope he does but, i have to tell you… ? #%?

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