NFL Free Agency: Manning Eying Denver, Souring on Miami?

Reports circulating early Monday morning have free agent quarterback Peyton Manning potentially souring on the Miami Dolphins, the team which was the early favorite to acquire the player’s services following his release last week. In turn, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Denver Broncos could in fact be Manning’s next destination.

The first domino to fall, Manning’s release set the stage for what would ultimately start to land quarterbacks in various destinations. The Washington Redskins followed suit by trading for the second-overall pick in the upcoming draft, presumably to acquire Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Manning, a future Hall of Fame quarterback, took a brief tour of various facilities, but has put that to an end by stating that he “does not want to make this into a Reggie White tour.” While he is familiar with the Dolphins’ facilities from previous Super Bowl appearances, Miami appears to be the third-likeliest landing spot behind Denver and Arizona.

If the Dolphins do not land Manning, thoughts are that they will look to acquire free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. Flynn was rumored to be a target of the Cleveland Browns, speculation only became more rampant upon the Redskins’ recent trade. With the Dolphins potentially entering the fray, however, the Browns may ultimately be turned off by any bidding war after general manager Tom Heckert recently stated that the team will not be “going crazy” in free agency.

[Related: With RG3 Gone, Browns fans prefer McCoy, Blackmon]

(Source: PFT)

  • mgbode

    denver with a solid OL, and a bunch of cap room to get weapons + Tebow can repeat his freshman-Florida year formations.

    it makes some sense, but I would think that a team like KC would make more sense then?  (already have the weapons, a better defense IMO and same division).  but, they haven’t really had strong rumors since he started the process.

    anyways, will be fun to see the dominoes fall this week.

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    Aren’t you surprised he doesn’t like Miami? 

  • cmm13

     “ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the”

    …….and I stopped reading the article right there. 

  • cmm13

    AZ still seems like the best landing spot for him.  Has weapons, good O-line, in a dome.

  • porkchpxprss

    I wouldn’t argue the on field talent is better at KC, but I think with Manning it may come down to upstairs talent.
    Just speculating, but I can’t help but beleive that there is some carry over bad blood between Manning and Pioli from the Indy/NE days. Maybe bad blood is too strong but at least 2 guys who were on opposite sides for to long.  Not to mention the whole Haley secret taping fiasco thats playing out.  Finally, and I love RAC, but who would want him over Fox.  Fox stepped in for Marty to take the “greatest non superbowl winning coach” title.  He showed the willingness to adapt to Tebow’s game, I think he doesn’t strike me as a guy who would force Manning to do what he wants. 
    The only down side to Denver is that he has to be the guy who replaces Jesus, but I think he’s got the resume to pull it off.

  • porkchpxprss

    I wouldn’t argue the on field talent is better at KC, but I think with Manning it may come down to upstairs talent.
    Just speculating, but I can’t help but beleive that there is some carry over bad blood between Manning and Pioli from the Indy/NE days. Maybe bad blood is too strong but at least 2 guys who were on opposite sides for to long.  Not to mention the whole Haley secret taping fiasco thats playing out.  Finally, and I love RAC, but who would want him over Fox.  Fox stepped in for Marty to take the “greatest non superbowl winning coach” title.  He showed the willingness to adapt to Tebow’s game, I think he doesn’t strike me as a guy who would force Manning to do what he wants. 
    The only down side to Denver is that he has to be the guy who replaces Jesus, but I think he’s got the resume to pull it off.

  • http://twitter.com/bbo13 B-bo

    Or the Jags new owner makes the crowd-pleasing move to trade for Tebow once Manning arrives in Denver.

  • mgbode

    yes.  though they are apparently still in the running at least.

    I did look up the sack stats though and Miami and Arizona were 2 of the worst teams in giving up sacks last year (Miami surprised me – they were actually the worst in sacks per drop-back). 

    I can’t find a good QB-hit stat though.  Would be more interesting than just the plays that ended in sacks.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m also leaning towards Arizona with my prediction for where Manning will land next.
     
    But I’m excited one more day and free agency starts can’t wait to see what the Cleveland Browns don’t do!

  • TSR3000

    Spellcheck

  • Wow

    I don’t exactly trust Schefter after being wrong on 2 different Browns stories.