Yes Indy, not Miami. The Dolphins were smart to take the initiative to go to Manning instead of waiting for Manning to go to them, which may not have happened.
ESPN’s Chris Mortenson says from his sources he heard it was a “good meeting.” The fact of the matter of Miami sending all supporters including head coach Joe Philbin, who is calm, cool, and collected to convene with the quarterback was an intelligent move.
This is exactly what Manning needs at this time. He does not want to be out in the open and have the spotlight shining on him but isn’t that what Miami is? Stars out, cameras out?
It is hard to believe that Miami is not on the rise in Manning’s list of teams now that the two sides have met on Monday. It all comes down to Manning, what does Manning want to do.
If you are the Miami Dolphins’ organization, you can not sit back when free agency starts, Look for them to be aggressive and have the urgency to retrieve Manning.
Subsequently, if GM Jeff Ireland and owner Stephen Ross are not forceful in the launch of this 2012 free agency, the loss could be bigger than just Manning, it could mean they miss out on free agent quarterback Matt Flynn.
The rising star of Reggie Bush and the MVP of the Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall were most likely apart of that long conversation. Since it will be a new offensive scheme in which head coach Philbin will run, could have insisted Manning to have full control of the offense.
The Miami Dolphins are close to $16 million dollars under the cap which could persuade the quarterback to join the team. Plus, the additions of his fellow teammates like offensive lineman Jeff Saturday, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, and tight-end Dallas Clark into the mix.
With just a little under 15 hours left in this Eve of the 2012 NFL free agency, Manning has a lot of think to do and so do the Dolphins. Watch out, this free agency is going to be fun to watch.