Peyton Manning Rumors: Peyton Wise To Put Miami Dolphins on Reported Wish List

Luis BatlleContributor IFebruary 4, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on January 1, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Colts 19-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Has Peyton Manning decided to pull a LeBron James and take his talents to South Beach?

The Manning rumors have dominated news headlines to the point that he has taken over the much anticipated 2012 Super Bowl.

According to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, an NFL source said the Colts QB has the Miami Dolphins as a team on his wish list. 

An NFL source says Miami is on the short list of teams Manning would like to play for when/if the Colts release him to avoid paying a $28 million bonus, which is due on March 8.

Manning and his wife own a condo on South Beach and a source said they'd love to relocate to South Florida if the fit is right. A second source confirmed Manning's interest in the Dolphins.

On the field, Manning would walk into arguably as promising a situation as any starting QB could walk into in 2012.

After what was a first half of the season to forget for the Dolphins, the team played inspired football to finish off the season. The team won six of its last nine games while playing arguably the best defense in football.

Of those nine games, three featured defensive performances that held opposing teams to less than 10 points. Granted, these wins came against the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, but the improvement and overall dominance on the defensive side of the football was evident.

With a team building off strong momentum and an impressive defensive unit, Manning would be able to operate more freely offensively knowing his defense would back him up.

An essential factor in making this such a positive consideration for Manning is the fact that Brandon Marshall and Reggie Bush would be taking the field alongside him offensively.

Bush comes off his first 1,000-yard season rushing the football, a feat that is impressive for the elusive, mostly lateral running back.

Marshall put up an impressive 1,214 yards and six touchdowns last season, despite dealing with inconsistent play at the QB position. He is a sure-fire talent with easily some of the best hands in the league. Manning would be playing with as good a receiver as he has ever played with.

An amped-up defense and talented offensive playmakers made the Dolphins a scary team to finish out the 2011 season. Adding a veteran and guaranteed Hall of Famer in Peyton Manning would be a move that would make this team as scary as any in football.