Peyton Manning was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1998 and he’s been with the team ever since. Now that the Colts have made Manning a free agent, the future hall of famer is a little confused about how to proceed.
“I probably need to ask someone what these next few steps are… I don’t know how this process work. I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting, where you take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me…”
Manning said that his agents has been taken calls from various teams around the NFL but he isn’t exactly sure who is interested in signing him.
“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me. I literally have not had one conversation with anybody about these teams. I haven’t thought about teams.”
Manning will have plenty of options. The former Colts QB is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL (when healthy) and several teams have already expressed interest. Manning’s agent has reportedly talked to a dozen teams since Jim Irsay announced that the Colt’s were releasing Peyton yesterday. At the top of the list, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the Miami Dolphins. Miami fans have started a petition and are hoping that Manning will become the next Dan Marino.
“Well, it’s certainly flattering. Dan Marino is my all-time favorite quarterback after my dad and my brother. He’s No. 3…. The Miami Dolphins have a great organization, great history.”
So who will Peyton Manning sign with? According to his former coach Tony Dungy, Manning will not be signing with the Washington Redskins or any other team in the NFC East due to his brother Eli. Dungy said:
“I don’t think he would want to be in direct competition for a playoff spot against the Giants.”
Marshall Faulk, a former teammate of Manning’s, eliminated the entire NFC, saying:
“He will not upstage his brother and knock him out of going to a Super Bowl.”
Where Peyton Manning will play isn’t the only big question about his future. Manning has had four neck surgeries in the last year and has just recently started to throw again. Manning said that he still isn’t at 100% but he’s getting better everyday.
“I’ve had a chance to throw to some of my old teammates, guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, Brandon Stokley. It’s been the most fun part, being back out there. I’m feeling closer and closer. I have to remind myself it’s March. I have a hard time doing that at times.”
Where do you think Peyton Manning will play in 2012?