Peyton Manning to Miami Dolphins Is Best Long-Term Scenario for Loyal QB

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 22: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks on during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 22, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts defeated the Texans 19-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It looks like Peyton Manning may be taking the LeBron James route and taking his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Dolphins. Maybe…

With the news that the Indianapolis Colts’ legendary quarterback would be cut by the team after 13 years of service, the long list of suitors is already forming. The Dolphins will be at the front of that line.

Serious questions surround the QB position for the team, and unless they view Matt Moore as the future of the franchise, signing the free-agent star would be an absolute no brainer. Word has it, the feeling is mutual.

Dolphins’ insider Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald is reporting about the possible mutual interest between Manning and the Dolphins:

Several national reporters, including NBC’s Peter King and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, have made the Dolphins the slight favorite to acquire him. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross privately has made clear to associates that he very much covets Manning…Manning respects Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and is aware that Joe Philbin is a good coach to play for, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. A Manning associate said he believes that if Manning chooses the Dolphins, he would be willing to work with the Dolphins on running the offense he’s comfortable with, while also weaving in elements of Sherman’s West Coast-style offense.

Manning has come off as a loyal person during the whole situation with the Colts, so finding a new home for the next few seasons is what he will want to do. There is no better place for that than in Miami.

The Dolphins have serious weapons in Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas to go with a stellar defense. Add in the fact that the mediocre offensive line will be boosted by a top 10 draft pick of an offensive lineman, and this is a great scenario.

While it still remains to be seen just how close to playing Manning is, Miami has the cap room and need at QB to make this deal happen even if his injury keeps him out of action for a few games. If Manning is willing to invest long term with the Dolphins, they will reciprocate that love with a longer contract.

The Dolphins won’t be just getting a quarterback; they’d be getting a face to their franchise.


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