Denver “desperately” wants Peyton Manning
The latest tidbit comes from Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America via Twitter, who writes that the Broncos “desperately” want Peyton.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! According to multiple spine specialists, the health of Peyton Manning's neck is not an issue, assuming his fusion procedures were a success. Rather, they say the bone should actually be stronger now, and the only real question is whether Manning's arm strength is where it needs to be. The doctors USA Today spoke to echo these sentiments. With that out of the way, let's check in on Denver's presumed competition for his services:
The Dolphins are apparently all in on Manning, to the point that they haven't yet expressed interest in Matt Flynn. Coach Joe Philbin says the team hasn't yet spoken with the QB but confirms they hope to in the coming days. FWIW, Reggie Wayne would love to end up in Miami with Peyton.
Contrary to yesterday's report, Mike Florio is hearing that Peyton has not told Washington they're out of the running, even if that still appears the likely outcome.
Adam Teicher acknowledges that the Chiefs certainly have the cap room, but he thinks adding Manning would be quite a divergence from the franchise's plan to build for the long term.
As for the Niners, there is still a gap between them and Alex Smith in terms of both years and guaranteed money on a potential deal. Are they not budging because they're considering a run at Manning?
Per Vic Lombardi's series of tweets tonight:
I guess Tim Tebow was right all along: the Broncos organization doesn't give up and continues fighting to the very end.
“I think Peyton’s going to look at (the Broncos) and say ‘I know they’re going in the right direction,” Lynch, who played 4 seasons with Denver, told FOX31’s Ron Zappolo Thursday. “They’ve got a pretty good president (Elway) who knows how important a quarterback is.”
Lynch, who considers both Manning and Elway to be close friends, says the ex-Colt and future Hall of Famer could be lured by the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl champion, and also succeed in the short-term.
“I think Peyton knows that John’s going to get this place right. It’s just a matter of how. And when I say “right,” I mean winning a championship. And that intrigues Peyton.”
Add John Lynch to the list of people who thinks John Elway makes this deal happen.
Report: Peyton doesn't want to play for Skins
Appearing on SportsCenter Thursday, ESPN 980 Washington’s Chris Russell said he’s “hearing” free agent Peyton Manning does not want to play for the Redskins and has already informed people in the building.
“A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning’s camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn’t want to come here,” said Russell.
If there's one man who isn't going to overhaul his offensive scheme to accomodate a QB who's going on 36 years old, it's Mike Shanahan.
If Manning is going to be your new quarterback, it will be on his terms
Trust me, Peyton Manning will control this whole process.
Peyton Manning is not going from team to team and working out for each club…The workout itself may never even happen if a top bidding team says they don’t care about the session, which I suspect will be the case.
Peyton Manning is going to get a fat contract. He will see top QB money, and he’s not taking any risks financially to prove he can still play.
Manning isn't going to be trying to prove his health, or giving anybody a contract out if his health fails. You're buying him as he is claiming to be, period. It's high risk, high return.
Brees surprises with selfish turn
Sources tell us the Arizona Cardinals want to sign Manning. They would eradicate Kevin Kolb from the roster. John Skelton, a quarterback whom Ken Whisenhunt likes a lot and won with in the second half last year, would be the backup and insurance in case Manning got hurt. Manning, according to different sources, has put out feelers about the Cardinals. He is very intrigued by playing with Larry Fitzgerald and bringing Wayne along as his wingman.
Make no mistake; part of the Cardinals’ plan would be to sign Wayne if they brought Manning on board. It has been discussed at length internally. Manning is said to respect and like Whisenhunt and has reached out via intermediaries to learn more about him. Sources say Manning also likes Arizona’s young, talented defense.
There is legit mutual interest in a Manning-Cardinals marriage. Arizona will be in play.
Helton talks Manning, Broncos
“First, I have to see where Peyton’s at,” Helton said. “If it came down to the Broncos and another team, I would probably talk to him.”
Helton, of course, was the Tennessee Volunteers' starting QB until Manning took over.
Has Manning already narrowed his choices?
One team official that contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, says he got the definite impression that Manning indeed has already decided where he wants to go, or, at least, the handful of teams truly in the mix. The official, who did not want to be identified, believes that Miami, Washington and Denver are the front-runners.
But the official conceded the front-runner will be the team that, in the end, offers the most guaranteed money.
The official believes that contrary to some reports, Manning is indeed open to playing in the NFC, even in the NFC East where his brother Eli, is obviously king of the division.
Sources: Peyton Manning favors AFC
Peyton Manning’s camp is aiming to make a decision on where he will play next season within the next week, according to sources, who add that while Manning prefers to stay in the AFC, he is open to playing in the NFC.
Sources say 12 teams reached out to Peyton Manning’s representatives on Wednesday, after he was released, to gauge his interest in playing for their teams. Many of the teams already have been publicized, but some inevitably will want to keep it secret.
Per Adam Schefter:
Chiefs and Broncos have spoken to Peyton Manning's reps.