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Peyton Manning is the Dream Quarterback of This Miami Dolphins Fan
Of the 12 teams in the NFL that have already contacted soon to be free agent Peyton Manning, I'm really only interested in one: the Miami Dolphins. The 2012 season marks the 13th anniversary of the retirement of another quarterback legend, Dan Marino, and since his departure it has been tough living as a Dolphins fan. Hopefully, this will all change if the Miami Dolphins are able to win the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
In Miami Already
After the press conference that Peyton Manning attended to announce that he would no longer be a part of the Indianapolis Colts, he flew to Miami. While this news was enough to make me want to dig out all my Dolphins paraphernalia, I quickly learned from watching an online video that Manning has an offseason home in Miami and that he has been working out there with his former teammate Reggie Wayne.
However, in the same video, Manning went on to say that the Miami Dolphins, "Have a great organization and a great history there. They have new people in place." Manning contends he hasn't talked to any teams yet, but such a statement is enough to breathe plenty of life into this fan's hope.
Dolfans Are In
Miami "Dolfans" as a whole have already been courting the elder Manning brother. In February, a billboard of the quarterback donning Miami Dolphins gear went up in Fort Lauderdale and a website titled ManningToMiami.com was born. So, I'd like to think I'm the most enthusiastic Dolphins fan when it comes to getting Peyton Manning, but it's clear I'm not the only one who wants the likely future Hall of Famer in South Florida.
Salary Cap Impact
Wherever Peyton Manning lands he will no doubt command a lot of money. So, the question remains, can the Dolphins make room for the superstar quarterback and still be under the salary cap? According to ESPN analyst John Clayton the answer is yes, but only with some work. There are several star players on the Dolphins roster that would have to be willing to restructure their contracts. Although the restructuring of deals is not always welcomed by players, in the end the chance to play with Manning may be all the incentive these players need.
Superstitiously Looking at the Numbers
Since Dan Marino retired from the NFL, there have been 16 individuals to start at least one game in the quarterback position for the Miami Dolphins. Add Marino to that number and you get 17. Add Peyton Manning to that and you get 18, which also happens to be his jersey number. While it might just be wishful thinking on my part, I'm as superstitious as the next NFL fan and it certainly looks as if all the stars seem to be aligning perfectly for the Miami Dolphins to finally get a quarterback under center who will take the team back to the prominence they once enjoyed with Dan Marino.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal "Dolfan" and fan of the NFL since he was six years old when he met Dan Marino and several other Miami Dolphins players. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Dolphins games each season and enjoys writing about the NFL and the Miami Dolphins in particular.
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