The Circus Is Open . . . Friday Cup O’Peyton

Grab a seat here on the Peyton Plane and we’ll fly you around the last 36 hours or so and see where the NFL’s greatest available unrestricted free agent has generated headlines.

This is 21st Century America where nothing is private, and matters such as one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks attempting to find a new home are played out in the public eye. It’s all part of feeding the monster known as the 24/7 news cycle.

It’s not officially a circus until there’s a helicopter involved. That happened in south Florida, as news copters followed Manning’s car from the airport he landed at after his appearance in Indianapolis to his condo in South Beach.

“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning said in Florida, when a group of media types greeted him as he got off the plane. “I mean, this is all so new to me.”

The Thursday cycle began with an report from Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen, and John Clayton identifying a dozen teams that had contacted the Manning camp. That group included the Chiefs “according to league sources” along with Denver, Arizona, Seattle, Miami, Washington, Tennessee and the New York Jets. That leaves four teams unmentioned at this point.”

Various “sources” have reported that Manning’s camp expects a decision sometime within a week and that he would prefer to stay in the AFC. His former head coach Tony Dungy believes the only teams Manning would eliminate from consideration would be the other three clubs in the NFC East with his brother Eli Manning.

A Washington radio station reported that Manning had told the Redskins he was not interested in joining them. The station is owned by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

New Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Thursday at a charity event in Miami “We’ll see how things develop in the next week or so” when asked about when the Dolphins would get together with Manning.

Some in Miami want Dolphins Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino to campaign with Manning. Marino says that won’t happen unless Peyton has questions he wants answered.

If Manning asks “I would definitely answer,” said Marino. “He has enough people working with him to help make the right decisions.”

One team that said they were not interested in Manning was the Cleveland Browns. If you want to believe GM Tom Heckert, the Brownies are putting all their eggs in the Colt McCoy basket. “We still think Colt can play in this league and it’s our job to help him out,” Heckert said. “(Manning) that’s probably not a direction we’re going to go.”

In Arizona, the Cardinals reportedly are interested despite the fact they traded for Kevin Kolb last year and paid him big money, including $10 million in a signing bonus. He’s also due a $7 million roster bonus in March.

Club officials with the Cardinals had nothing to say publicly, so that had the media looking for comments from former Arizona QB Kurt Warner on the situation.

“As long as he’s healthy, I don’t think there’s any question that Peyton can play at the highest level, do the things he’s always done,” Warner said. “The question for Arizona is: Are they willing to pull the trigger after what’s happened at the quarterback position over the last two years? Are they willing to spend the money it’s going to take?”

And what of the New York Jets, a franchise that always seems to get itself involved in big name chases for available players, and sometimes lands them (see Brett Favre)? The always talkative front office hasn’t had much to say, but Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath had something to say about the Chase for Peyton.

Namath doesn’t think Manning would have any interest in the Jets because of their dysfunctional locker room.

“The Jets have to get things together on their own turf before someone with his background would be interested in coming,” Namath told Bloomberg News.

Namath also referenced his own late career departure from the Jets to play one season with the Los Angeles Rams before he retired.

“What was difficult for me, that I didn’t anticipate, was how much all the newness could get in the way and be a distraction,” Namath said. “I wasn’t prepared for that feeling. The new faces, new places, new system.”

But Manning’s attention to detail and preparation should allow him to make an easier adjustment.

“I think he’ll handle it much better than I did,” Namath said.

And what of the Chiefs? No surprise, but there was silence from the Truman Sports Complex on Wednesday, at least for public consumption. That’s what we all expected and in this case will help them if they really are trying to lasso Peyton Manning.

28 Responses to “The Circus Is Open . . . Friday Cup O’Peyton”

  • March 9, 2012  - Danny W says:

    To me it seems like the Chiefs and the Dolphins would be at the top two. There were reports today that KC offered him a contract this week. If Pioli can land him it will pretty much change my perception of him.

  • March 9, 2012  - Rich Davis says:

    I think the Broncos will be an aggressive suitor. Elway is super competitive and he knows his QB situation is not what wins Super Bowls.

    If Manning doesn’t care about cold weather and natural grass, then Denver and KC will be in the hunt. Those are the two teams that have the best chance of getting him to a Super Bowl. If Manning is more interested in good weather and being close to home, it’s Miami. That division is much tougher.

    I think Manning ends up in Denver or KC.

  • March 9, 2012  - Josh says:

    I really don’t want to get my hopes up about KC landing Peyton, only to have the front office bungle it. If we don’t get Manning, we need to pull a New Orleans and give every draft pick for RG3. If we start the season with Cassel and/or Orton, it will be another painfully sub-par year.

  • March 9, 2012  - redandgold says:

    I think Manning has a lot to think about and if the Dolphins give him the money he wants I think he signs with them. I will be very surprised if Pioli can pull this off, he is working on his own with this one, he does not have an inside guy to do the heavy lifting for him. Now trading for RGIII would be an idiot move and that fits Pioli just fine but it also takes some guts and that he doesn’t have.

    My prediction: Manning goes to Miami to play for the Dolphins.

  • March 9, 2012  - the other dave says:

    Landing Peyton would be incredible for the franchise and the city…so excited about the possibilities. And I think we have a pretty darn good shot at him.

  • March 9, 2012  - PAChiefsFan says:

    I will be really surprised if Clark Hunt coughs up the money it will take to land Peyton.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    How would be getting RG3 be an idiot mv Redandgold explain??

  • March 9, 2012  - txchief says:

    Nooo, Nooo, Nooooo! PFT is now reporting that Peyton will be flying to Denver for a meeting with the Donks tonight. If Manning winds up in Denver, it will be even worse than the disastrous drafting of Turd Blackledge in ’83. The Chiefs organization absolutely cannot allow this to happen!

  • March 9, 2012  - the other dave says:

    So he’s visiting Denver and a few other teams, but no mention of KC. Reports are we offered him a contract yesterday but he’s not visiting here (yet)? Freaks me out.

  • March 9, 2012  - el cid says:

    The method of dealing with Manning by the Chiefs, Hunt and Pioli may cause some of us (especially me) to re-evaluate just what is happening inside. The organization may well become more accepted by generic/geriatric fans. Imagine if we got actually fond of them.

    Not sure we can get Manning but Hunt is talking in favor of it. Pioli is making the moves necessary. Cannot ask more.

  • March 9, 2012  - the other dave says:

    I’m sure they’re doing everything they can, but the thought of him meeting with the Broncos really bothers me. I hate the Broncos with everything I have, and if they manage to bag him – well it would suck.

  • March 9, 2012  - Niblick says:

    el cid- I totally agree. Hunt acknowledged that we are indeed pursuing him on CNBC today. We’ll just have to wait and see if he is coming for a visit like he is in Denver and Arizona. I certainly hope so. I don’t know if the report we have actually mad a contract offer is valid or if we have just had some preliminary talks.

  • March 9, 2012  - redandgold says:

    If you need it explained, you probably wouldn’t get it.

    Without knowing what Pioli and Hunt are offering we don’t really know if they are “making the moves necessary”. If it is true and a contract was offered and Manning is not making a stop in KC then maybe he got a chuckle out of it.

  • March 9, 2012  - el cid says:

    My point is they tried. Until this situation occurred I never felt they had the passion or intelligence or drive necessary to operate a winner. Oh, they were the shakers and movers of the Chiefs but were they trying for a winner, the superbowl, the whole enchilada. In three years, the first time. Quite a good feeling.

  • March 9, 2012  - Tim Raine says:

    I understand the hoopla, however he only has a couple of years IF he stays healthy…and gets healthy enough. The last thing we need is a Manning that has the mind to do everything he’s always done but not the arm. If we do get him, yes many will think differently of the regime. Personally, I think that’s exactly why they’re considering it. If we land Peyton, it goes a long way toward legitimizing Pioli & Hunt from the turmoil that clearly has existed. The credibility factor will be somewhat restored in the eyes of many players & agents in the league…and it definitely needs boosting.

  • March 9, 2012  - Craig says:

    Official update from Tennessee. Peyton Manning will be playing for the Titans or coaching the University of Tennessee. Just heard it on talk radio on my trip up I-75. Straight up. It Gospel down there. So every town that wants to get to the superbowl or needs a decent QB hopes Peyton will land in their town. Who knows? Mr. Manning will go where he wants to not necessarily where the fans want him. KC has a good fit but Miami is warmer and Arizona is too. Older atheletes do better in warmer climates or domed stadiums. If he goes to Denver, which has more family attractions than KC, would cause me to dislike the Donkeys even more. Go Chiefs

  • March 9, 2012  - txchief says:

    Craig, it sounds like those folks in Tennessee have been drinking too much of that white lightning with their inferior barbeque.

    I hope Peyton has flipped Elway the bird and left Donkeytown by now.

    I hope Clark really meant it when he said the Chiefs would pursue Manning. Hunt’s interview on NBC Sports Channel is about to come on. We’ll see how sincere he seems on camera.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    Craig yeah don’t believe stuff coming out of Tennessee that’s wishful thinking. Tennessee Titans that is are going to allow Hasselback and Locker to compete this offsesaon and he’s not going to coach the Vols he still wants to play football and he said that over and over. As for us landing Manning Im sure Pioli and Hunt will do what they can to get him. All the rumors of us offering a contract I think is crazy until the guy at least visits us.

    As for him going to Broncos as I said before if he goes to Denver we have no choice but to get rid of draft picks and go get RG3. Manning Rivers and Palmer the only elite QB out there to get is RG3. I mean we’re going to need get franchise guy at some point and if we don’t land Manning and he goes to division rival we have no choice but to get the guy.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    The reason I mention Rivers, Manning, and Palmer because that’s who we will face twice a yr if Manning goes to Denver. At some point whether its losing games or draft picks Chiefs has to get in position to draft a franchise QB. WE have enough young players on the team its time for us to trade up to get a QB. Especially if we do not get Peyton Manning.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    Another thing in all this Manning saga is Peyton agent Tom Condon is same agent Joe Montana had back in the 90s when we traded for Joe Montana. What a coincidence.

  • March 9, 2012  - el cid says:

    ED, let’s get crazy. Manning goes to denver. How about the Chiefs forget RGIII but insted trade NO for Breez? Throw in Cassel, Bowe, and #1 for Drew Breez. Heck Carr to a big contract and toss him in also.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    Wouldn’t be bad thought but don’t think Breeze want to leave New Orleans besides he’s already been franchised by Saints. To me just makes sense for us to get RG3 if we lose out on Manning. To me him and Luck are sure fire franchise QBs if they both go to teams that can surround them with talent.

  • March 9, 2012  - ED J says:

    Beside RG3 Big 12 guy would bring in a lot fans sell tickets. Kid has rocket arm and crazy athleticism. On top of the fact he has a very high IQ kid graduated High school and college early. So to me it would make sense get this guy if we lose out on Manning. Griffin like Luck to me is a can’t miss prospect he has all tools. ON top of fact we would have him for a decade which is awesome. He helps us in short and long term but we’ll see how it plays out.

  • March 9, 2012  - txchief says:

    Well, the Redskins have made a trade with the Rams for the second pick in the draft. The Chiefs are officially screwed at QB for next season is they fail to land Manning. KC will win too many games to draft Matt Barkley next year, so strike him off the list too. I wonder how much the Colts want to trade up to the first pick?

  • March 9, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    donkees have no receivers. Why would he want in the middle of that Teeboo crap?

    Brian Billick, Mike Golic and Damiem Woody all think KC is the best landing spot for Peyton.

    We have the cap space to bring some of his Colt buddies like Bob said.

    I actually agree with cid. Clark/Pioli are making a move for Peyton. If we don’t land him it will be his call.

    If he goes to the donkees that will suck. But it’s not like Clark/Pioli let that happen.


  • March 10, 2012  - el cid says:

    At least RGIII is gone to DC. We can stop the desire to trade up, was not going to happen anyway.

    I brought up Breez, supposedly he is hot over not getting a long term contract. That is why I thought outside the box and trade for him.

    When Manning is gone, we are facing a year or two with Cassel at QB. That is not a good thing. I would support the devil himself if he could bring Manning to KC. I CHOSE to believe Hunt and Pioli are trying, what have i got to lose, they ARE trying, and they will inspire the KC fans with their efforts. A win-win.

  • March 10, 2012  - R W says:

    Lots of good comments and takes here. I think Tim Raine nailed it on the legitimacy issue if Jr.Hunt/Pioli can lure Peyton to KC. At least Jr. Hunt is acknowledging that Cassel isn’t the answer which is him getting his pants pulled down in the Peyton quest.

    Well, Jr. Hunt, tell us something else most fans haven’t already figured out long ago. In a way, Jr. Hunt is also putting Pioli on the clock and this arrogant gestapo dweeb needs to feel the pain and the pressure of past poor decisions/inactions and weak moves.

    If not getting Peyton means the sooner rather than later exodus of Pioli & Jr. Hunt hiring an experienced strong GM that will put Jr. Hunt in the background where he belongs, I’ll take that as a bigger win than getting #18 in a Chief’s uniform.

    Not that it will work out that way, but it’s nice to project a future outcome without Manning.

  • March 10, 2012  - Craig says:

    I have a bad feeling that we will not get Peyton Manning, but if the Chiefs can land him?, the fan base would be excited more than when Montana came! Go Chiefs!!

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