Peyton Manning will be released by the Colts tomorrow

The Peyton Manning sweepstakes start tomorrow

3/6/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5146 respect

For the first time in his career, Peyton Manning will be unemployed and looking for a new team. Sources say that he'll be released by the Colts tomorrow.

The move will save the Colts from spending a $28M bonus, and it will also give them the freedom to draft Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III as their QB of the future without any reservations.

Jay Glazer listed the Dolphins, Redskins, Cardinals, Chiefs, Seahawks and Jets as possible destinations for Manning, with 1 or 2 teams possibly coming out of the woodwork.

A future Hall of Famer, Peyton will be one of the most highly sought after free agents in league history, despite coming off several neck surgeries and missing the entire 2011 season.

It's hard to believe Manning will live up to expectations no matter where he goes. He's had 4 neck surgeries, and even before missing 2011, he had 33 interceptions in his last two actual seasons. Also, his postseason record is less than stellar. Can he really join a struggling team like the ones listed, and suddenly make them a Super Bowl contender?

There's no doubt that he'll be better than their other options. But at 36 years old, expectations might be a little too lofty for Manning. Regardless, we'll keep you posted when we find out where he's going.
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3/8/12   |   NittanyJon   |   243 respect

'The Daniel' will try to get Manning. But Peyton will avoid him like the plague. Forget about Rex Ryan too. Manning does not need the aggravation at this stage of his life,

 

3/7/12   |   marcus_nyce   |   26057 respect

That lunatic Snyder is going to throw $100 mil at him right? 120 over 4 years? lmao!! I cannot wait for Danny boy to get involved in the bidding. If you are Manning's agent, that's the first call you place right? He probably started dialing at 3:59 and waited until exactly 4:00 to hit the call button on his cell.

3/7/12   |   NittanyJon   |   243 respect

Good to know that Peyton has the fire to come back for his 15th (hard to believe!) season after such a brutal injury and rehabs. He (and the club that signs Manning) is taking a huge risk. An arm or knee issue is totally different from neck issue(s) that could threaten his state of being after football. Having said that, the 49'ers are tailor-made for him. Young, agressive coach with a young top-notch defense. Fast receivers (Crabtree, Ginn), solid running back in Gore (although a tad old) and fresh off a conference championship appearance. NO chance of him going to cold weather city.  

3/7/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

has to play indoors

3/7/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

AZ bound

3/7/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

AZ bound

3/7/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Miami's humidity is too much for that rickety ole neck and Seattles moisture is bad too....I say he has to play indoors

3/6/12   |   Jess   |   32881 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Not sure if I want him in KC or not. I do think the Chiefs can compete if Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki are healthy and they get competent QB play. But I don't know if it makes more sense to bring in Manning or wing it with Matt Cassel (or Kyle Orton). None of the above is the future. 

That's what I think my problem with Manning is. As a Seahawks fan, I've become so accustomed to losing, I'm sitting here thinking "what's a couple more mediocre years to get a QB of the future in there".

People all sprung on Manning right now are wanting a "right now" QB, and if Manning were healthy I might be able to understand that. I still wouldn't want him though - I want a long-term QB that will be a big part of making sure the Seahawks are contenders for consecutive years, even if it takes a couple years to get there.

3/6/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Not sure if I want him in KC or not. I do think the Chiefs can compete if Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki are healthy and they get competent QB play. But I don't know if it makes more sense to bring in Manning or wing it with Matt Cassel (or Kyle Orton). None of the above is the future. 

3/6/12   |   ohwell_   |   16139 respect

I don't want him in Miami.  I say we unload Henne, start Matt Moore and wing it.  Looking like we
are on a budget.  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1093293-miami-dolphins-calendar-for-quarterback-decision-making

3/6/12   |   Jess   |   32881 respect

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People are driving me absolutely nutty about this. Thank you, Pat, for pointing out that the hype surrounding Manning is ridiculous at this point. The fans and media are ticking me off to no end...we need to know what's going on medically with Peyton before we even start to speculate where he might be playing. I will be ticked the heck off if the Seahawks sign him and expect him to turn them into Super Bowl contenders. 

Also, 100% healthy, I have to be honest...I absolutely love Manning, but he is 36 years old! We all know that when he does retire, if he's not forced to this year, he's going to be on the sidelines somewhere. And let's be real - his loyalties are with the Colts and if they can have him in that capacity I would be shocked if they didn't capitalize on that opportunity. If not, well hell...there's room for him on the sidelines in CenturyLink.