Peter King of Sports Illustrated goes through the list of possible teams in the running to secure quarterback Peyton Manning in free agency under the likely scenario that Indianapolis releases him March 8, along with the elite quarterback being able to prove that he’s healthy.
King lists Miami, the N.Y. Jets, Seattle, Arizona and Kansas City as possible destinations.
Here’s what King says about Seattle: “The injury-prone Sidney Rice makes this a tough call. But the Seahawks certainly have the cash to make this happen, and it’s exceedingly logical to think they’d be interested in both. With Rice and Mike Williams the current projected starters, you’d think Pete Carroll would use Williams and Golden Tate as swing players and injury insurance, with the heady Doug Baldwin the kind of slot receiver Manning could use as his new Brandon Stokley.”
However, former Seahawks fullback Mack Strong, who had a similar neck fusion surgery to Manning, tells Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby of ESPN 710 Seattle that it’s highly unlikely Manning will play another snap in the NFL in this audio link. The conversation starts about 25 minutes in.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins are prepared to part with two first round picks and more to trade up to the No. 2 spot with St. Louis for the chance to draft Robert Griffin III.
ESPN’s Mike Sando believes Houston defensive end Mario Williams would be a good fit for Seattle in free agency.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald believes there’s little chance that Leroy Hill will return to Seattle after the latest incident in Seattle.
Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports that the Packers are unlikely to use the franchise tag to set up a sign-and-trade scenario.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post lists Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus and Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe as two prospects to do some more homework on after the combine.
Pat Kirwin of CBS Sports gives us a nice breakdown of why NFL personnel people are looking for athletic players who can run defensively, and gives us a list of combination players who can play multiple positions and provide flexibility for a defense.