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.
I will say this, there are a lot of rumors being thrown out. Some true, many not true. While it’s possible that Peyton could have been upset about 1 helicopter following him from the airport, it seems highly unlikely. Would 1 helicopter prevent Peyton from signing with the Dolphins, if they are the team he feels most comfortable with? This is Peyton freaking Manning! He’s been in the spotlight since his time in Tennessee. He’s done commercial after commercial and was the face of Indianapolis. I have a hard time buying this, which is why I believe Peyton’s camp let this slip out so that the Dolphins (and fans) would get antsy, which will cause them to increase whatever their initial offer would have been. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? And you will continue to see teams linked to Manning as potential landing spots….this is part of the negotiation process.
Manning will want as many teams interested as possible to: 1. increase the guaranteed money he’s offered and 2. decrease the chances of him needing to actually throw to prove to a team that he’s healthy. I’ve seen it suggested on Twitter that the Dolphins are so ‘all in’ on Manning that they might offer him a contract, sight unseen. This is not a wise move….BUT, keep in mind that the Dolphins could very well have more info than the 4 throws we saw from Manning at Duke.
If the unthinkable happens and Manning signs with, say the Cardinals, all is not lost Phin Nation! There ARE other QB options available to the Dolphins. Matt Flynn is about to become a free agent on Tuesday…..RG3 is still available via a trade-up scenario…..Ryan Tannehill will still probably be there for the Dolphins at #8…..Brandon Weeden is still entering the draft. The Dolphins may be making a very hard push for Peyton Manning, but there are other options if they do not reel him in.
[Update 3:00pm - The Dolphins are one of the 3 reported finalists for Peyton Manning's services, click here for the story]