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Morning links: Hawks big spenders for Manning?

Post by Eric Williams on March 7, 2012 at 7:44 am with 36 Comments »
March 7, 2012 8:39 am
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the third quarter of a football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006. Indianapolis defeated Jacksonville 21-14.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Seattle Seahawks are willing to open their checkbook in the pursuit of Peyton Manning.

Cimini: “Hearing from a league source the Seahawks will come out, checkbook blazing, for Manning.”

I’ve heard from sources within the organization that the Seahawks definitely are interested in pursuing Manning. But just how much has been harder to figure out.

Manning is expected to be released by Indianapolis this morning in an announcement by the Colts. Once he’s released, Manning can be pursued by other teams before the official March 13 deadline for the opening of free agency.

So expect the bidding for Manning’s services to begin, with Miami likely at the front of the line.

And while money will be an important factor in Manning’s decision, it will not be the only factor. Scheme fit, personnel and location also will be important factors, and could work against Seattle.

So you might want to hold off on buying that Peyton Manning jersey.

Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star provides some perspective on the situation in Indianapolis.

Mike Florio of has contract details on Marshawn Lynch’s deal. Basically the first two years of the deal are fully guaranteed at $17 million.

Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes that Manning would be the perfect fit for Seattle Miami.

Clare Farnsworth of talks with Brandon Mebane about his good friends Red Bryant and David Hawthorne returning in free agency. Mebane’s locker is between the two on the defensive side of the Seahawks locker room: Mebane: “I’m happy they were able to get Marshawn re-signed,” Mebane said. “But they’ve still got some things they’ve got to take care of.” Glancing to his left, and referring to Bryant, Mebane added, “They’ve definitely got to take care of that.” Glancing to his right, where Hawthorne has been since the Seahawks moved into Virginia Mason Athletic Center in 2008, Mebane said, “And there’s a decision to be made here, too.”

Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports has Red Bryant rated as the No. 2 overall free agent on his top 30 list. Kirwan: “When he crossed paths with Pete Carroll’s defense, his career exploded. Teams that have done their homework have him way up the free-agent board.”

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports also is on the Red Bryant bandwagon, listing Red as one of the five lesser-known free agents he likes. Prisco also says be wary of Matt Flynn.

Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports ranks the top 12 spots that Peyton Manning will land. Seattle comes in at No. 6.

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  1. FleaFlicker says:

    Come on Eric and BobbyK! We need the “Manning Installment” of the QB series!

  2. Sarcasticus says:

    Eric, the Dave Hyde article is about Miami being the perfect spot for Manning, not Seattle.

  3. Palerydr says:

    Manning pro’s
    1. He’s Peyton Manning
    2. Signing Manning could work in our favor to attract another big name FA Mario Williams
    3. Gives us a legit QB capable of leading the team.

    1. High injury risk.
    2. Will want complete control of the offense.
    3. Not the long term answer at QB

    There’s got to be stuff I’m missing what do ya’ll think?

  4. Flea – It should be coming today:)

  5. Dukeshire says:

    Ah yes, the infamous “league source”. Look, Cimini, whoever signs Manning will have their checkbook “blazing”. And if Seattle happens to sign him, you’ll be a hero with your invented “source” for breaking the story.

    I have no doubt Seattle will kick the tires, but like Eric, I believe Miami is in the driver’s seat here.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    How on earth could any team afford Manning and Williams? That would end up being a cap nightmare.

  7. Duke – An “inside source” told me that you will be eating lunch later today:)

  8. GeorgiaHawk says:

    That would take Miami out of the Flynn sweepstakes!

  9. We know that no team will sign Manning AND Flynn (as some have suggested we should do here; won’t happen). Manning in Miami means we could/should sign Flynn without totally breaking the bank, as I see Cleveland having interest, but, like Seattle, not willing to break the bank for him.

  10. Palerydr says:

    Not that I really care about Jackson’s feelings but man how do you think you would feel if they signed Manning/Flynn? Signing either of these guys means you expect them to start not hold a clipboard. If he has a confidence problem it’s gonna be multiplied first Favre then Manning/Flynn. Ouch!

    Duke I think that Manning has stated he would sign an incentive laden contract which I assume would allow us to sign a Williams and not max out the cap.

  11. OCHawkFan says:

    I honestly dont see Manning being a fit in Seattle. Pete’s focus on offense, from day one, has been on the run game, which is counter to any type of pass first offense Manning would want to run.

    Perhaps Seattle is aware that both AZ and SF have an interest in Manning and is driving up the price? An “inside source” on Field Gulls claims that Seattle already has a trade in place with a potential Manning suitor to pick up thier QB if they get Manning.

    Should be interesting. One thing Im sure of is that once Manning signs, alot of dominoes will start to fall!

  12. Great but I am not sold on the health of Williams – hasn’t played a full season in awhile and we all seemed to be worried about Manning

  13. Assuming there is a deal is in place, I would think it’s the Jets. However, I don’t buy it. I love speculating as much as anyone, but I don’t buy all of what we’re about to hear with respect to Manning in the next few days.

  14. Soggybuc says:

    I love how those articles always site Allens fortune as why we can “spend big” this isn’t Baseball, last I checked I thought there was some sort of framework and limit t what a team can spend on players and that PA’s checkbook is not included in that.
    But yea having a billionaire owner does have it’s perks, see VMAC.

  15. Manning to Seattle would be interesting, but there’s alot of high risks that we all know of. But if we sign him for a two-year contract, for let’s say $10 million (just like Whitehurst, T-Jack), would that be fair and would that be a realistic offer for him?

    There’s probably alot of teams interested in him, so $10 million would maybe not be enough? Or what kind of contract offer will he recieve?

  16. RDPoulsbo says:

    T-Jax = The new Jon Kitna…the perpetual placeholding starting QB. When he leaves Seattle, he’ll be a starter for another team looking for a placeholder.

  17. Palerydr says:

    Lost 3 games to a hernia in 2010 and 11 games last year to torn Pec. So yea I guess that’s “awhile” played 16 full the previous 4 years So I’m willing to take the risk and sign him to big money. Every single player in the NFL comes with some risk as all can leave the field forever on any given play. Arguing the health of a certain player is more questionable than another has some merit but IMO it’s an understood and excepted risk for all NFL players.

  18. chuck_easton says:

    This is Payton freakin’ Manning we are talking about. No way he signs with anybody (except maybe the Oreo Cookie people) for 2 years and 10 million.

    More like 10 million for the first half of the season and we’ll negotiate the remainder of the contract after that.

  19. SandpointHawk says:

    Can you imagine being replaced as a starting QB by both Farve and Manning…T-Jack must be a nervous wreck about now….

  20. Wouldn’t peyton want to go somewhere that is close to a superbowl team? Is Miami that close? Is seattle that close? I am biased obviously, but i would think Seattle is set up much better than miami. The only thing miami has that Sea doesn’t is warm weather. Just my 2 cents

  21. Palerydr says:

    Why you got to diss on Kitna?? he has thrown for more yds than Len Dawson, Joe Namath, and Terry Bradshaw. Of course he didn’t have their SB success but if you ever met him you’d have to say he’s a heckuva good dude.

  22. RDPoulsbo says:

    T-Jax is a heckuva good dude as well…yet another good comparison to Kitna.

  23. Palerydr says:

    LOL OK I’ll give you that.

  24. Very hard to see Peyton choosing to finish his career with a smaller market team in rainy south Alaska. If he’s healthy, he gets to pick from choice locations like Miami, SF, or NY. I doubt that money will drive his decision as much as wanting to win big and leave a legacy.

    Manning’s private workouts with teams will be the big test. We’ll probably never get to see what happens there, but he needs to prove he has all his strength and coordination back in his arm and fingers before I would touch him. Damaged nerves after spinal injuries can lead to unseen weaknesses. I had a spine injury and they are tricky things. Teams should test the heck out of Manning before spending a dime on him.

  25. HawkfaninMT says:

    The more I hear about Lynch’s contract the more I like it. If I am reading it correctly after the 1st two years he can be released with no further cap hit, is that right? That cap space is going to be huge when ET, okung, and Kam’s contracts are up

  26. SeahawkFan12 says:

    I’m definitely in the “Sign Manning” camp, but I’m not averse to seeing what Flynn here either. BobbyK’s articles have put a thoughtful perspective on this debate, and I am REALLY interested to see where the whole Manning/Flynn thing shakes out. It’s possible that neither of them lands in Seattle, though I go on the record as saying I’m all for Manning first, Flynn second, with Cousins/Tannehill as rookie backups (the caveat being if Tannehill is not a 1st round draft pick)

  27. hawkfan777 says:


    That is a good point but Manning has already said in an interview that he does not want to be in a market like NY where the press would be a significant distraction. He hears enough about it from his brother. Honestly if I were Manning I would be most interested in Arizona. Great weather, a dome, great grass, Larry Fitzgerald, good team, good coach, better media market, decent fans etc. My main concern if I were him would be the Cardinals O-line.

    I personally want to believe that he would choose Seattle over those other markets but I just dont see it happening. If the Cardinals do get Manning they will more than likely release (or try to trade) Kolb instead of paying his roster bonus. That would be another QB available to potentially com”Pete” in the Seahawks west coast offense.

  28. chuck_easton says:

    Team Manning wants Payton to stay in the AFC, so my bet is on Miami.

    It’s why Archie orchistrated the Eli to the Giants draft day thing. He didn’t want both his boys playing in the same Conference where they might knock the other out of the play-offs.

    The big goal of Team Manning is to some day have an all Manning Superbowl and that can’t happen if Payton is in the NFC.

  29. I don’t think that Manning would want to go play for a first time head coach in Miami. He wants an experienced guy. He would probably want a team that has a good defense, something he never really had in Indy. And I think, he would want a team that was media superstar friendly, with a terrific home field advantage. Check, Check, Check & Check. Sounds like the Seahawks, baby!

  30. bigmike04 says:

    It comes down to 2 teams Seahawks & Dolphins with Seahawks being the favorite because Miami is going to go after Matt Flynn hard & with a new coach down their who was his OC in green bay & will be running the west coast offensive it going to make sense for him..

    Peyton to seattle is a good thing as Jackson shouldn’t be starter for seahawk in 2012, the guy couldn’t make the throws that need to be made, who said he has the potential to be good starting QB in NFL is wrong big time as he couldn’t cut in minnesota & cannot cut it in seattle, he better off playing two hand touch football..

  31. bigmike04 says:

    The list of teams who could be in the running for Peyton are Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Chiefs, Seahawks, Cards, 49ers…

    Browns: I honestly think their more in running for Flynn than Peyton..

    Jets: Mark Sanchez is their guy & is going to be their guy, so why would they put him on the bench…

    Cheifs: It would cost more to released Cassell to signed Peyton, so it would make sense for them to make a play but, they are better off with Cassell..

    Cards: They gave up 2nd round pick in this yr draft & Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to get Kevin Kolb.. Their going to stick with Kolb because if they released Kolb & signed Peyton than they screw themself in that trade with Eagles..

    49ers: They want to bring back Alex Smith as he is their guy..

  32. Chuck, i would think at this point in his career, “team manning” would have no say in peytons decision. This is his last chance to get back in to the game, and i just dont see peyton saying “ah yeah daddy you are right”. He will go where his best chance is, IMO. I understand the decision for his boys coming into the league when they are in their 20’s, but i do not see that happening at this point in PM’s career.

  33. pungentsound says:

    Never happen, he has the one thing Seattle hates He’s an All Pro QB Seahawks hate all pro’s they dump them as fast as they earn it. Thank God Jackson will never earn it.

  34. There’s a reason we’re in the conversation. Of the teams in the running, we’ve got as much or more to offer, in various ways, as any of them. So, it’s just a big unknown. Seems like we’ll make our best pitch, which is all you can ask for.

    Would be the most anticipated season in our history if we do somehow pull this off.

  35. FleaFlicker says:

    Speaking of anticipated seasons, remember that Friday is the deadline to re-up season tickets.

  36. I heard that Manning has a home in Miami, and I really think that is where he ends up. Glad to have Lynch embedded, and I just hope I get to see a different and much better signal caller behind center this year. Matt Flynn would be my guess….does that really count as a prediction at this point?

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