Imagine a Peyton Manning pro day. It could happen.
The Manning Sweepstakes are underway, but for now the teams who are interested are largely in the dark over his medical condition. Also unclear are Manning’s intentions to eventually work out in public, thus giving teams a chance to verify that he’s completely recovered from four neck surgeries.
Several teams who are interested in Manning told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora they have contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, wanting to see the quarterback throw. But they have received no feedback yet as to whether or not Manning will hold one workout for teams, hold individual workouts, or just make visits.
According to La Canfora, Manning’s camp is telling teams he would like to make a decision as quickly as possible, even within the next week. But the lack of workouts complicates matters and creates pause for any type of timeline Manning might have.
Manning said this week he is “throwing well,” but acknowledged he still has some work left to do. Presumably, Manning would have to work out before teams are willing to sign off on a contract.
According to La Canfora, some teams believe Dolphins owner Stephen Ross could sign Manning without seeing him throw, or at least not knowing if he is 100 percent healthy. That line of thinking comes on the heels of a Yahoo! Sports report which claims Ross has instructed GM Jeff Ireland to make a “full-court press” on Manning.
While Manning holds the cards, it still seems like a good bet — at least the smart man’s bet — that before any team will put pen to paper, he will have to prove he’s the Manning of old, or at least very close to it.
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