The Miami Dolphins learned on Thursday that Peyton Manning will not sign with the team. According to media, Manning phoned the Dolphins personally and informed them of his decision. He apparently has done the same with the Arizona Cardinals as well.
Today, according to ESPN, he will workout for the Denver Broncos although they caution that this does not make them the front-runners although Denver has publicly stated they have been the front-runner since day 1. The Titans are still making their major push, offering Manning a “lifetime” deal if he inks with them. The deal would include a front office executive position once he retires.
The Dolphins, who have waited patiently for Manning’s decision turned to FA Matt Flynn on Thursday following the news. Flynn has been with Miami HC Joe Philbin his entire NFL career, but Flynn is in Seattle today and isn’t expected to leave until late tonight or tomorrow. There is a feeling around the team that Flynn will leave Seattle without a contract and sign his deal on Saturday with the Dolphins. What is unknown is how much the Dolphins are willing to pay or overpay.
Aside from Flynn, Denver and Tennessee both have QB’s that presumably will be released or traded if Manning lands on their rosters. Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee and Tim Tebow in Denver. Neither present the Dolphins with an immediate or future upgrade at the position.
At least the Manning to Miami delusions can finally be put to bed.