Free Agency is under way Dolphins fans! The Miami Dolphins got things off to a quick start when they officially traded Brandon Marshall just moments before the beginning of Free Agency this afternoon. We hear that the trade with the Bears has been in the works since the combine. We still do not know what the Dolphins bigger plans are yet.
Speaking of big plans, the Dolphins are set to host their first free agent tonight/tomorrow. Former Texans Right Tackle, Eric Winston, is flying to Miami tonight to visit with the team. Winston played his college football at the University of Miami and his brother is a scout with the Dolphins, so he has ties to the area/organization.
While we’ve all been waiting for Dolphins news regarding Peyton Manning, we forgot that the new league year started at 4pm today. Moments before the league year started, Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com broke the news that the Dolphins have agreed to trade Brandon Marshall to the Bears for two 3rd round draft picks (1 in 2012 and 1 in 2013). Collectively, Dolphins fans on Twitter said “WHAT?”
The Dolphins traded 2 – 2nd round picks for Marshall just two offseasons ago. Now, they’re trading him for 2 – 3rd rounders. The trade reunites Brandon Marshall with Jay Cutler in Chicago. You know, they guy who threw to him when he caught 100 balls a year for over 1,100 yards? Big move for Chicago, who was expected to be in on Vincent Jackson as soon as free agency started. Jackson is almost certainly now destined for Tampa Bay.
Last night, news broke around 11pm that Peyton Manning had met with the Miami Dolphins in Indianapolis. This morning, it seems that every reporter is downplaying the Dolphins meeting with Manning. Adam Schefter of ESPN believes the Dolphins are ‘not a viable option’ at this point for Manning. Schefter contends that the Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans have more to offer than the Dolphins. Jeff Darlington of NFL Networks believes that the Dolphins visit with Manning was simply out of courtesy. Meanwhile, Armando Salguero contends that the National Media is conducting an ‘assault on the Dolphins’.
Here’s the question though, why? Are the Dolphins truly a long shot at this point? If so, will they learn this quickly enough to still conduct business in free agency? Or will they sit back and wait, believing they are truly in the Manning race? After all, Matt Flynn and 600 other free agents become available at 4pm this afternoon. John Clayton said this morning that he expects Peyton’s decision by tomorrow or Thursday. The Dolphins would be wise to conduct business as usual while they wait for Manning’s decision.
News surrounding the Miami Dolphins pursuit of Peyton Manning has been fast and furious. First the Dolphins were favorites…then they were out of it….Now, it appears that the Dolphins are back in the Manning race. According to Chris Mortensen, the Dolphins met with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis for 5-6 hours. Mortensen said his source described the meeting as ‘good’.
This was a super-secretive meeting. The Dolphins wouldn’t divulge the meeting place or even the time of the meeting. This meeting occurred under much different circumstances than Manning’s meetings with the Cardinals and Broncos. Perhaps this was an effort by the Dolphins to avoid a media frenzy.
When we first heard that Peyton Manning would meet with Miami Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, we thought it might be a bit of a facade….a pity meeting. However, according to Armando Salguero, the Dolphins meeting with Manning seems to be legit and more formal than we originally thought.
What once sounded like a purely X’s and O’s discussion between Philbin and possibly Mike Sherman, now sounds like it will include Jeff Ireland and possibly Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross. Mando says that the meeting will not take place in South Florida. I find this a little odd since Manning is currently residing in South Florida. However, we have no idea where the meeting is and neither does anyone else!
Dolphins fans – As we wait (impatiently) for Peyton Manning to finish his meetings and eventually pick which NFL team he wants to play for, we thought we’d share something funny with you. Let’s call it a song parody….But it’s more than that….It’s a love song. It comes to you from the guys at WAARF Records (We Are All Rey Feinga).
Dolphins fans @Rizzmiggizz , @KevinCMayer, and @Vinbob of the FinsNation.com crew wrote, produced, sang, and edited the video. It’s really heartwarming and we can only hope that Peyton sees it. This is just another example of how great of a sense of humor Dolphins fans have and how much the Dolphins are starved for a quarterback.
The video has been well received and played on 790 the Ticket a number of times over the weekend and this morning. WAARF records has previously released “We couldn’t stop Tim Tebow”, “Ginger Creep”, and “Phins Up!”. Great work again gentlemen. Can’t wait until the next hit!
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It appears Peyton Manning will not be taking a tour of the Miami Dolphins facilities. However, it seems that Manning will meet with the Dolphins after all. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Manning will meet with Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, and Titans coach, Mike Munchak within the next 3 days. This, reportedly, will not take place at the team facilities, but at an undisclosed location. Mort also said that Manning’s meeting with Joe Philbin could occur on Monday night or Tuesday morning…and could include offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman and potentially Dolphins GM, Jeff Ireland. This comes after Adam Schefter said this morning that Manning would not be visiting with any more teams. The situation is fluid and continues to change by the moment.
So after all of the doom and gloom and speculation that the Dolphins were out of the running for Peyton, they will get their shot. Although many think the Broncos are the front-runner right now, remember how recently the Dolphins were the front-runners? Things change quickly. So what are the Dolphins chances now? Joe Philbin, the first time head coach, will be the representative from the Dolphins to meet with Manning. Not Jeff Ireland. Not Stephen Ross. But, Joe Philbin. Philbin is a very likable guy and is very well respected throughout the NFL. It would be a GREAT start to his tenure in Miami, if Joe Philbin could bring in Peyton Manning. However, if he swings and misses, fans could turn sour on him before he even coaches a game.
The Miami Dolphins were viewed as the favorites to sign Peyton Manning before he was officially released by the Colts. Even up until Friday, the Dolphins were still considered the favorites. Who thought they were the favorites? Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter, and Jason LaCanfora, and others believed it was the Dolphins game to lose. Mortensen said on Thursday night that he expected Manning to choose a new team within 3-4 days. Conservatively, that would put Manning’s decision around Monday/Tuesday.
Then, this weekend came around and Peyton met with the Denver Broncos on Friday/Saturday and the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday/Sunday. Now, Mortensen and Schefter both contend that it’s essentially down to the Broncos and Cardinals, with the Dolphins fading into the distance. It’s been widely reported that Manning did not discuss contracts with either team. Further, the ESPN insiders suggest that Manning’s decision could last another week. Following all of that? It just doesn’t add up. If Manning has narrowed his choices to the Broncos and Cardinals, why would he extend that time he needed to make his decision?
Finally Dolphins fans, we have a timeline for when Peyton Manning will make his decision. According to the Denver Post, Peyton Manning will make a new decision on his next team by Tuesday. Manning will meet with the Broncos in Denver on Friday. It’s thought that he will then travel to Arizona to meet with the Cardinals on Saturday or Sunday. After those 2 meetings, Manning will return to Miami and meet with the Dolphins. According to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network, the Dolphins are confident they will meet with Manning later on this weekend, but do not have a date or time set up. Manning will then take Monday/Tuesday to mull over his decision and will reportedly be ready to sign a contract by Tuesday/Wednesday. Thankfully, this roller-coaster will not be going on much longer. AND, fans in every other NFL city can move on with their regularly scheduled offseason.
Earlier this afternoon on Twitter, John Clayton said that the Broncos are a serious contender in this sweepstakes, but that the Dolphins are still the favorites. Meanwhile, Adam Schefter suggested that while Manning is visiting Denver first, it does not make them the ‘leader in the clubhouse’. All of this news comes only hours after cold water was thrown onto the Dolphins chances, when it was suggested that Manning is a small town guy and that the news helicopter chase on Wednesday soured his opinion of Miami. I still contend that it’s nonsense.
The Miami Dolphins have not met with Peyton Manning yet. At least, that’s what they are saying publicly. Joe Philbin said he hasn’t spoke with Manning, but is eager to see how things develop within the next week or so. This news comes at the same time that we hear that the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs are now in on the Manning Chase. The truth is, no one really knows other than Peyton or is agent. Maybe the Dolphins have met with Manning?
This morning, Adam Schefter threw some cold water onto Dolphins fans that hope to get Manning. He said here, that the Dolphins chances of signing Manning appear to be ‘dwindling’. He points out that a certain helicopter chase on Wednesday might have been off-putting to Peyton. Chris Mortsensen said last night that he expects Manning to make his decision within the next 3-4 days.