By Dennis Waszak Jr. ,AP
NEW YORK — Rex Ryan’s Jets need leadership in a lost locker room. The Dolphins are looking for stability at a position that has been a revolving door since Dan Marino retired.
Peyton Manning, Anyone? The four-time NFL MVP got released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, but made it clear he still wants to play on. “I realize that I’m not going to play forever, and I think I’m going to know the time to stop playing.” “But right now,” he added, “I still want to play.” The question is where? Maybe it’s Miami. The Arizona desert. Two Mannings in Manhattan? Washington, Seattle, Kansas City, Denver and Tennessee are also possible suitors. Plenty of teams will be interested in the 35-year-old free agent quarterback. If everything checks out, the laundry list of teams will be lengthy. And, why not? Manning has been one of the greatest to play his position, rewriting record books while throwing for nearly 55,000 yards and 399 touchdowns, and winning a Super Bowl along the way. Ryan’s Jets could be the landing spot, a scenario that would have Manning sharing the New York-area headlines with his brother Eli.
The Dolphins have said they would strongly pursue Manning if he became available. “There will be no other Peyton Manning,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said. Which is exactly why the quarterback will be one of the most sought-after free agents in NFL history.