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Peyton Manning to meet with Dolphins this week

The Dolphins will meet with Peyton Manning in the coming days, The Miami Herald has learned.

As I reported over the weekend, the meeting will be somewhat out of the box. It will not be at the team facility. It will possibly be at Sun Life Stadium, a source tells me.

[Update: ESPN is reporting this meeting will take place Monday night or Tuesday. ESPN, by the way, reported earlier today that the Dolphins were all but out of the chase for Manning and he would not be taking any more visits with any more teams. I credit them when they get things right or first. I'm going to tell you when they miss, too.]

The meeting will be led by Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. Philbin may include offensive coordinator Mike Sherman in the meeting, although that is not yet clear.

The meeting is expected to be almost 100 percent about football -- Xs and Os -- and Manning and the coach or coaches (if Sherman comes) getting to know each other. The extra-curricular stuff, such as a requisite pitch from the owner and promise of Super Bowl wins may not be part of this Miami pitch because, in part, Manning may be tired of hearing that he is the final piece that will take them to the Super Bowl.

I stress to you this isn't exactly how the Dolphins planned things originally. They planned a more elaborate set-up that would include owner Stephen Ross. It is now possible Ross will not be included in this meeting. This is Manning's preference, I'm told.

This much is also clear: This will be the Dolphins best hope of landing Manning. The team considers it a good opportunity, although I must say from the outside looking in, it doesn't seem as great an opportunity as the 6-plus hour meetings Manning took with the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos.

The Dolphins had planned an elaborate meeting with Manning that, as I reported earlier, was not going to happen at the team's Davie facility. So that is not an issue at play now. The Dolphins wanted to stay out of the limelight of media coverage, anyway.

But until we know details of the length and expanse of this pitch, we won't know exactly how serious the Dolphins are in the Manning scheme of teams vying for his services.

I will say this: At least they are in the game.


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@Yesterday's Gone


That's not cool. Using my idenity to start something is not cool.

Just like its not cool to use mine. You want to know how I know. Because I am Yesterday's Gone.

Georgia screw you, wasn't me. Try asking first.

You folks are just like Ireland and Ross. You don't know your head between a hole in the wall.

Free your mind and your arse will follow. There are only like 5 or 6 people actually posting on this site.

Why does evrytime we need to compare a late rd qb that made it big. Its always Tom Brady?

ooo...ooo... teacher, teacher, can I answer this one?

Because Tom Brady is only one in at most 4-5 qb in nfl to achieve championship success. Even those who did make it big(only 4-5 in Nfl history) none of those success has been on the scale of Brady.

Guys just keep on using the rarest bird of them all(Brady) top make your arguments look like an every day occurence.


Screw you Georgia...oops. Forgot to change names. My bad..

I come here sometimes because I am bored and looking for something to do.

Some seem to come here because they are both bored and crazy! LOL

Im out. I see the crazies are taking over now! LOL

@Yesterday's Gone

EXACTLY! Brady is the litmus test. Just because he succeeded, all later round QB's will succeed. Most of these chuckleheads can't even remember how good the Patriots were before Brady. Nor do they remember the Patriot Act basically (tuck rule) vaulted Brady into Elite status. Vinetarrie[sic] MADE BRADY. TWICE!!!!!!!!!

I'm out also. Seems the Flynn panty wetters have run out of excuses as to why they wet their panties over him.

Howdy fellow Dolphin in Georgia.Been reading your comments and I'm glad We are fans of the same team.Most fans here are complete imbeciles.It's their way or the highway.They never look-out for what's best for Our franchise.They grasp at straws to be right.

..."and in a stunning new development, Drew Brees, Saint's QB, due to irrevocable contract issues, has been traded to the Miami Dolphins (3 time's the charm..lol), and in the same announcement, Peyton Manning has agreed to terms to replace Brees as Saint's QB."
Says Manning, "now my dad (Saint's color man) can defend my wobbly thrown 12 yard passes as being caused by errant drafts from the 40 year old stadium's air-conditioning system."

The Dolphins should stay with Moore this year, with a back up FA QB. Next year the Dolphins will get a better QB through the draft. Dolphins have a top 5 ranked defense against the run, and Solai is about to sing elsewhere. The only reason Ross wants PM so bad, is because he wants to sell thickets. They need to keep Solai, and the reason why the defense against the pass was not ranked higher was because the Dolphins have only 1 pass rusher. Dolphins should get a proven FA pass rusher and another pass rusher through the draft. The thanks giving day game against the Cowboys and the Giants game, on both of them we all had a feeling that the Dolphins should have won those games. If we improve the defense with pass rushers and improve the right side of the OL, we will not need to spend on PM and we will get in the play offs. Play calling was the reason of Miami's red zone headache. With a new Coaching staff the Dolphins will do way better next year.

I'm still a little confused why Denver is the front runner. Three things Denver has going for them, apparently, is cap space, their defense and their easy division.

But seriously their defense is a joke. You don't go to the playoffs with a good defense and then have a quarterback almost break a post season touchdown TD record, but then stop short because he wants to mock you with a 3rd down punt in the last quarter. they were ranked 24th in points allowed and 20th in yards allowed. they give up an average of 5.6yds per play. IMO not a good defense.

The cap space is good but their are plenty of other teams with plenty of cap space to pay manning and sign some of his old roster as well. It wouldn't make since to put them as the front runner if manning wants to win games in the playoffs.

Well then people say they have an easy division. Although, Denver has an easy division and will probably always get into the playoffs, i just find it hard to ever choose them to win a super bowl with a team that doesn't have a good defense. It will be a repeat of his career in indy, 1 super bowl in 14 years.

Here is what I think is happening. His agents want their to be a bidding war with Denver. He won't go to Denver but he wants people to think he is very interested in Denver, even though he is not. This will allow him to get the maximum amount of money since Denver has the highest cap space out of any team that we know of and will likely go over board with their offers, which in turn will drive up the price drastically. Manning is looking to win super bowls, his agents want the money.

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