A day after having a joint press conference with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay quarterback Peyton Manning who’s now a free agent wants to find a team. Though he has a couple requests; have a team selected within the next week, have that team be an AFC team, though he did say that he would be open to playing on an NFC team, and lastly make sure that the team he selects is the right fit.
However, despite making those requests, Manning may have to break some of them as he told a few media members outside in a parking lot in Miami that he doesn’t know who wants him.
“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning said. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”
Though luckily for Manning he wouldn’t have to worry about if anyone was interested in him for too long as sources close to Manning’s representatives said that 12 teams have contacted Manning’s representatives already.
As for who those teams may be, the only ones that have become publicly known are the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and the New York Jets.
As for the other five, they still aren’t known.
Though not only does Manning know who wants him, but he also knows who doesn’t want him as a couple teams, the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys have come public as they both said that they will not pursue Manning.
“Probably not a direction we’re going to go,” said Browns General Manager Tom Heckert about pursuing Manning. “We will not go crazy in free agency.”
Sources have also said that despite showing interest in Manning the Washington Redskins will not be a destination for Manning as he’s not interested.
Though as it stands right now Manning has yet to make a decision on where he plans to go however, when that decision comes, former teammate wide receiver Reggie Wayne who’s also a free agent may be right behind him.
“It can definitely be dangerous,” Wayne told Michael Irvin in an interview about Manning and him playing in Miami together. “It can truly be dangerous, if they put us all together. The league might not want that, Mike. They might not want that. They might not want to see that. South Florida is already hot out here, baby, so you put us all together, it’ll be burning up.”