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Seattle Seahawks Already Having Discussions With Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning became a free agent the moment he was released by the Indianapolis Colts today, and the team who has been characterized as the most aggressive suitor is wasting zero time in putting on the full court press.

According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the Seahawks have already begun discussions with the Manning camp according to a series of tweets

!) “Let the games begin — The Seahawks are already in the process of reaching out to ex-Colts QB Peyton Manning.”

2) “I should clarify — Seahawks plan to reach out to Manning as soon as he hits the waiver wire. Once he appears in the wire, they’ll call.”

3) “… That’s what I meant by “in the process of”.”

4) “Per our @JasonLaCanfora, Peyton Manning has hit the waiver wire … So NOW, that call from Seattle will be coming. Process, again, ongoing.”

¬†Seattle isn’t the only team who has strong interest in Manning, but as far as I have seen there have been no reports mentioning “willingness to change offensive scheme” and “checkbooks blazing” and “willingness to sign Reggie Wayne” about any other team out there.

Pete Carroll is clearly willing to do whatever it takes to get Manning on the Seahawks. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out earlier, Paul Allen is $10 billion richer then the next richest NFL owner Stephen Ross, coincidentally of the Miami Dolphins; whose fans and beat writers seem to think Manning has already signed on the dotted line for them. Whatever amount is being offered, Paul Allen can call and raise their bet, in addition to being able to offer more bonus money then any other owner. In fact he is so damn wealthy that he could afford to give Manning a fully guaranteed contract dolled out in nothing but pure bonus money if he wanted (unlikely, but true).

Seriously, what’s a… $60 or $70 million bonus to Paul Allen for a once in a lifetime chance in acquiring a living football legend?

After watching a Super Bowl slip through his franchises’ fingers I don’t believe there is a price-tag prohibitive to providing Pete Carroll with the quarterback who will guide him back there within the duration of the three years remaining on his contract.


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