The Decision: Looking at the Miami Dolphins’ Chances of Landing Peyton Manning

The Decision: Looking at where Peyton Manning may end up if he becomes a free agent… today, we look at the:


 In almost every conversation about Peyton Manning and free agency, the Dolphins are mentioned.  Ever since Dan Marino retired, the Dolphins have been searching for a quarterback.  Marino was one of Manning’s favorite players growing up, and in the Dolphins stadium Manning has played both of his super bowls. 

The Dolphins were 6-10 this year, but finished the year as a much better team than their record indicated.  Running back Reggie Bush finally had a breakout year, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall is one of the best in the league.  Their defense is pretty good, and the addition of Manning to the team would propel them into the playoffs, and maybe a super bowl.  

New head coach Joe Philbin is an offensive coach.  He may be willing to let Peyton come in and run the offense, but I think it is much, much more likely that the Dolphins go after free agent Matt Flynn.  Flynn has been the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback for the last few years where Philbin was the offensive coordinator, and Flynn is one of the hottest names in free agency this offseason.  I think that the Dolphins will end up with Matt Flynn, not Peyton Manning. 

And it sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  A team signing Matt Flynn over Peyton Manning.  But that is what I think the Dolphins will do.  

I think Peyton would like to play for Miami.  But, surprisingly, they may go a different direction.  

Chances of landing Manning:                      6/10 

Chances of playoffs with healthy Manning:                       95% 

Chances of winning super bowl with healthy Manning:   65%


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