Peyton Manning Cleared to Play: What Does It Mean for the Miami Dolphins?

Jorden BonannoCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts won 30-28. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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According to ESPN NFL analyst Chris Mortensen, sources say that Peyton Manning has been cleared to play by his doctors.

So what does this mean for the Miami Dolphins?

This means that owner Stephen Ross will try to make a run at him. Ross is smart enough to know that Manning will bring attention to Miami for at least a couple of years. 

If Miami did go out and try to get Manning, it would be very smart to grab a QB in the draft to stand behind Peyton for a couple of years.

With an elite quarterback, new coaches, a better offense and a defense that gained some serious momentum at the end of the 2011 season, the Miami Dolphins would be real contenders going into the 2012 season.

Another thing to mention is the play of Brandon Marshall in the Pro Bowl. He was an absolute beast when elite quarterbacks were throwing to him.

Just imagine if Peyton Manning was throwing the ball to Brandon Marshall. That thought reminds me of the old days when Manning was throwing to Marvin Harrison.

Ross, Ireland and Philbin have to think of the best for the Miami Dolphins franchise. Do they want to stick with Matt Moore, take a gamble on Matt Flynn, or go big for Peyton Manning?

In my opinion, Manning is really the best option. If he is healthy and still has some game left in him, then the risk is definitely worth it. Peyton can grab the attention of Dolphins fans and will elevate the play of the whole team with his leadership and talent.

Even though Manning probably only has a solid two or three-year playing span left in the NFL, he will give the Dolphins a few good years and train up a backup quarterback during the remainder of his career. 

It is way too hard to tell right now if the Colts are in fact going to let go of Peyton Manning, but if they do, there is a really good chance that Miami will go for him.

In the end, going for Peyton Manning would be a smart move for the Dolphins in both the short and long runs.

It would also give Miami Dolphins fans hope—something they have been lacking for a long, long time.