Thomas: Five Teams That Should Acquire Peyton Manning

Now that Peyton Manning is a free agent, where will he most likely end up next? (Photo Credit: Colts.com)

By Elizabeth Thomas 

On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.

Miami Dolphins: Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bush to step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!

Washington Redskins: Reports surfaced earlier this week that a Washington radio station confirmed that the Redskins were most likely out of the running for Manning. Yet, if head coach Mike Shanahan can somehow adjust his offensive, then maybe Washington will be able to lure Manning to their organization.

Denver BroncosWith Tim Tebow becoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.

New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.

Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.

Daily Noontime – February 13, 2012

Rajon Rondo finished Sunday's clash against the Chicago Bulls with a triple-double. (Photo Credit: CBS Chicago)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Monday everyone, and welcome into yet another great edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news to jumpstart your day!

* Rajon Rondo carried the Boston Celtics on his back Sunday afternoon, as he helped the Green and White defeat the Chicago Bulls at the TD Garden, 95-91. Rondo finished the game with 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds, while rookie forward JaJuan Johnson ended with 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. The Celtics have now won 10 of their last 13 games, and will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host the Detroit Pistons.

* Boston College and Boston University will meet in the Boston Beanpot championship for the 21st time in the tournament’s history on Monday evening at 7:30pm. Both teams dispatched Harvard University and Northeastern University in the semi-finals last week to punch their ticket to the title match. Also, the Terriers currently lead the series against the Eagles, 12-8.

* Former Boston Red Sox catcher Tony Pena was recently inducted into the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend. Pena played 543 games for the Sox between 1990-1993.

* Finally, wide receiver Reggie Wayne has yet to hear from the Indianapolis Colts about a new contract. The unrestricted free agent and 11-year veteran wants to end his career in a Colts uniform, but according to sources, Wayne would be interested in joining the New England Patriots.

Daily Noontime – December 23, 2011

The Colts pulled out a dramatic win on Thursday after their owner stated that he expects Peyton to remain in Indianapolis! (Photo Credit: Flickr.com)

Happy Friday to everyone, and of course, Happy Holidays too! Here’s some headlines, news and other things! 

Headlines: 

* The Indianapolis Colts earned their second consecutive victory, as they rallied to defeat the Houston Texans, 19-16.

* According to the Colts owner Jim Isray, he believes and expects quarterback Peyton Manning to remain with Indianapolis for the upcoming season.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed that Kobe Bryant is expected to play in the team’s season opener on Sunday against Chicago Bulls.

* According to MLB.com — the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with Carlos Beltran.

* The New York Rangers picked up an important win on Thursday, as they defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With 2011 slowly coming to a close, here’s a video that recaps the past year of YouTube videos, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – September 30, 2011

The Red Sox have a lot of questions to answer this offseason!

Alright – “It’s Friday, Friday – Getting Down on Friday…” Whoops! Sorry Rebecca Black!

Indeed – it’s Friday, and time to hand out some headlines and news. Have a great weekend and of course, enjoy our most recent edition of the Daily Noontime! 

Headlines: 

* After Thursday’s press conference at Fenway Park, it’s safe to say, the Boston Red Sox are a team in turmoil.

* The MLB Playoffs officially begin Friday, which means it’s time to break down the eight squads that’ll be playing in October.

* According to sources, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein admitted that the team’s meltdown wasn’t Terry Francona‘s fault.

* Due to Indianapolis’s quarterback merry-go-round of quarterbacks, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne admitted on Michael Irvin‘s radio show Thursday that he’d like to see Curtis Painter under center instead of Kerry Collins or others.

* The Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Matt Moore is expected to start game one against the Texas Rangers on Friday.

* In case you need some help with a few NFL picks – here’s Sports Illustrated’s Peter King with his week four winners and losers.

Games to Watch: 

* Tampa Bay at Texas (MLB Playoffs) – 5:07pm eastern 

* Detroit at New York Yankees (MLB) – 8:37pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

The 162nd day of the MLB season was fascinating, which is why we’d like to watch it… again! 

Noonan: Cleaning Off the Noontime Sports Desk

Nothing better than cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk, right?

By Matt Noonan 

Cleaning off the Noontime Sports desk before Hurricane Irene – always a good time.

* Currently, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees remain in a heated AL East division crown race; however, they’ll be able to duke it out on Tuesday, which is when the Bronx Bombers invade Fenway Park for a three-game series. Anyone else somewhat excited for this mid-week clash?

* Does anyone else believe that Tim Wakefield doesn’t have “Lady Luck” on his side? After six starts, Wakfield hasn’t earned win number two-double-zero. Of course, some believe that the Red Sox organization shouldn’t feel bad, but as a fan, it’s easy to sense some sort of emotion, especially for the oldest player in the MLB currently. Eventually the knuckleballer will earn that significant victory, but exactly when will it happen remains a mystery. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Mr. Wakefield, as well as pray for the Sox offense to produce some runs too.

* According to a recent report, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera plans to start rookie quarterback Cam Newton during the team’s final preseason contest. Yet, is this a good or bad decision? Rivera has jostled this young man over the past few weeks, as well as given him false hopes that he’d be the starting signal caller this season. However, should Rivera really be saying this stuff? Seriously, haven’t we endured enough Cam Newton drama? In all honesty, I’d expect Newton to be the starting quarterback this season, but wouldn’t be surprised if Derek Anderson gets the nod, especially since Jimmy Clausen recently sustained a knee injury.

* If you’re a supporter of the Indianapolis Colts, how’re you feeling these days? Are you convinced that Kerry Collins is “your guy?” What’d you think of Reggie Wayne’s recent comments? In all honesty, it’s probably a “dark” time in Indianapolis. Perhaps the local economy will tank because of Peyton Manning’s absence? Hey, it happened in Cleveland when LeBron James traded in his winter jacket for flip-flops. Yet, without Manning, the Colts are a completely different team, so hopefully the Blue and White fan-base will have something to cheer about this season because otherwise it’ll seem as if Jim Mora is roaming the sidelines. Anyone remember his famous, “playoffs” rant?

* Brandon Davies was reinstated to the BYU basketball team on Friday after serving a season ending suspension in March. Yet, what exactly did he do? Well, he broke a rule and didn’t exactly respect the school’s honor code. In fact, have you read BYU’s honor code? It’s rather intense. Davies is the team’s top scorer and rebounder, so I am sure his teammates are happy to have him back on the roster. Although, one sure hopes that he’s learned his lesson and won’t have premarital sex again, especially since it’s forbidden on that particular college campus.

Well, that’s enough pondering. Enjoy the rest  of your weekend and of course, please be safe, especially those in New England!