Add me to the list of people for not trading for Peyton....not because I don't like him, but because I don't think anyone will need to.
Irsay has significant wealth, but that family didn't get that way by throwing away $28M in cash for a trade for a first round draft pick, or whatever they could get for Manning. It's much riskier, as a franchise, to keep Peyton and have him not be 100%, than it is for them to dump him, and have end up being 100% healthy. Of course having the No. 1 pick and Andrew Luck available is also included in this evaluation. I think $28M is much better spent surrounding someone like Luck with talent than spent on a legendary QB with an "iffy" future.
If there's any risk that Manning isn't 100%, they'll dump that contract before the signing bonus is due, then spend the money making the team better around Pick #1. From all the stories in the public arena, there is a risk right now with Manning's health.
After the Polian and Caldwell house cleaning, it doesn't sound like Peyton is going to make it easier for Irsay to keep him either.
It's been an exciting offseason so far for the Phins, I hope it stays that way through the draft.
I'd love to see the Dolphins pick him up, even if we have to let him heal on the bench for half the season while he rebuilds his strength and learns the offense. Something tells me that Peyton will be healthy and ready to play sometime around pre-season, but playing it safe might be the best move regardless. Moore is a great stop-gap, I think he could start while Peyton heals. This deal could work if we are patient.
It's also smart from a financial standpoint as well. I know Ross sees Manning and thinks $$$. Signing Manning means a ton of adverising and a ton of merchandise sales. You want to find a way to excite the fan base and fill the seats, sign Peyton Manning. Even if we have to sit him for half the season, I think Moore can keep us .500 or better, and then when Manning comes back you know we'll take it to another level. If we do this the right way and take care of the guy, we could wind up being a contender for the next three to four years. Who knows, if the Dolphins can make this happen, we could be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the next couple of years.
I'm not as skeptical as most others about Manning, I feel like the guy still has plenty of gas left in the tank, and that while he is still recovering, that doesn't mean he won't fully recover from this. I think that Manning will recover to 100% sometime in the next 6 to 9 months, and whoever gets him will have one heck of a quarterback for the next three to four years.