Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
There is no more speculation. TheÂ Miami DolphinsÂ are officially out of theÂ Peyton ManningÂ sweepstakes.
Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports ManningÂ personally called the DolphinsÂ Thursday to let them know he will not take his talents to South Beach. This is no surprise, as Miami has been falling out of the running for at least a week.Â
That leaves theÂ Denver Broncos,Â Tennessee TitansÂ andÂ Arizona CardinalsÂ as the three remaining suitors for Manning. The Dolphins have now turned their attention to Plan B, which is former Green Bay PackersÂ backup quarterbackÂ Matt Flynn. Miami will meet with Flynn after he finishes his visit with theÂ Seattle Seahawks.
Without Manning, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross failed to make the splash this offseason that he anticipated. Miami tried and failed to land veteran coach Jeff Fisher. Manning is the second big name to turn down the organization in recent months.
Flynn has played well in two career starts, but he’s not a big enough commodity to excite Dolphins fans and put butts back in the seats at Sun Life Stadium. Drafting a quarterback, such as Ryan Tannehill also is an option, in addition to sticking with last yearâ€™s starter inÂ Matt Moore.
The bottom line is there’s no quick fixes for Miami. Manning provided the rare opportunity to instantly change the fortune of the franchise with one player. But the Dolphins will have to gradually rebuild their team by making smart moves in the draft and free agency.
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On Working Out for Broncos:
TheÂ Broncos have sent their private team jet to Raleigh, N.C.Â Manning has been working out at Duke University in Durham, N.C.Â PerÂ The Denver Post, Broncos VP of football operationsÂ John ElwayÂ is on the flight.
Per ESPN’sÂ Chris Mortensen, the four-time MVP will work out for Elway and Co. at the Blue Devils’ facilities.