With the Peyton Manning sweepstakes well underway, the free agent's stock report seems to be shifting by the minute.
Speculation seems to indicate that Manning has been impressed with both organizations thus far, so the time has come for any remaining teams with serious interest to pitch their organizations to the only four-time league MVP in NFL history.
NFL.com's Jeff Darlington recently reported that "it's time for the Dolphins to bring it."
Reggie Wayne clearly expressed interest in reuniting with Manning in Miami when he appeared on Michael Irvin's WQAM radio show:
"I think it'd be a good fit for him. He always had a crib in South Florida. It's less moving that he has to do. He's already familiar with the city. I'm sure that the Dolphins fans would love to have him here. I'm no agent of his, I'm just a lonely ex-teammate. I really feel like whoever gets Peyton Manning would definitely have a gem. He's one of the best if not the best quarterback in the league ever, in history. "And in a Dolphin uniform? I can see that happening. I really can. I really think he'd enjoy it. I really think that the Dolphins organization would benefit from it, and it would be a hell of a battle in the AFC East, with the rest of those teams, and especially with a Tom Brady in there. So I can definitely see that in the works." [...]
"I can see it and I'm definitely not opposed to it. He's a great worker and I consider myself a great worker, and when you put great workers together good things happen. So me being in his trail onto Miami? I would love it. I would definitely love it. I am totally available, my phone is working. Make sure you put that out there — my phone is working. I've paid my bills ahead of time just so we don't have no problems. So I am ready for anything that comes right now. So I can definitely see that in the mix also."
The Miami Dolphins have a lot to offer.
Manning already owns a home in South Florida, their defense is up and coming, they sport one of the best left tackle's in the league in Jake Long and perhaps the most physically gifted wide receiver in the NFL today, Brandon Marshall.
With Reggie Bush in the backfield, the potential to throw to both Reggie Wayne and Brandon Marshall could create horrible mismatches for defenses.
Regarding Marshall, it can be argued that Manning has never had the opportunity to throw to receiver of his caliber. His resume includes three 100 catch seasons, five consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and multiple Pro Bowl selections producing with two different organizations and five different quarterbacks.
Marshall has never played with a quarterback of Manning's caliber and Wayne could help keep defensive pass coverages honest.
The last time Marshall played with a high-caliber quarterback, he set a Pro Bowl record with four touchdown receptions, earning MVP honors in the process.
I agree with Jeff Darlington.
Call up Dan Marino, call up Don Shula, call up Reggie Wayne and forward Manning some film highlighting exactly what Brandon Marshall can do with Matt Moore throwing him the football.
If Manning ends up signing with another team, don't let it be because of a lack of recruiting effort on your part.
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