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ZOMG PEYTON MANNING.

Top 30 free agents: Insider's guide to best players on the market
He's done NFL free agency and personnel from the inside. Now Pat Kirwan gives us his first version of the 30 best free agents available.

A word on cap space for Peyton Manning - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The salary cap can present challenges for NFL teams looking to add expensive players. The cap rarely prevents teams from getting what they have to have, however.

NFL.com news: Miami makes most sense for Manning; dark horse could emerge
Now that the Colts are officially moving on, our analysts share their final prediction for where Peyton Manning will play in 2012. Are the Jets really a legitimate threat to sign the veteran QB?

NFL.com news: DL Stock Report: Risers in 2012 draft's deepest position group
The 2012 NFL Draft offers fantastic depth along the defensive line. Chad Reuter points out five talented prospects flying up draft boards across the league, including USC athlete Nick Perry.

NFL.com news: Where will these six high-profile free agents end up?
Now that the overblown game of tag has played out across the league, who are the Last of the Mohicans -- the big-time free agents with no home, and a bunch of quality football still in them? Believe it or not, there is a healthy crop of premium players available who can help a team NOW, and of course, will command some good coin.

NFL.com news: Seahawks contact Manning's camp; QB on waiver wire
Teams across the NFL have been notified that Ex-Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning officially hit the waiver wire Wednesday afternoon, league sources told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora, permitting quarterback hungry franchises to begin their pursuit of the four-time MVP

With QB sidelined, Fuller steps up at A&M Pro Day - CBSSports.com
With senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill not yet able to work out due to his recovery from a broken foot, the stage was set for several other Aggies to take advantage of the pro scouts on hand for Texas A&M's Pro Day.

2012 NFL draft pro day updates - Tony Pauline - SI.com
The Wisconsin pro day is complete and the star of the workout was guard Kevin Zeitler, who looked tremendous in position drills. The dominant run blocker showed terrific power in bag drills and easily moved about the field during motion drills. After his workout those in attendance used words such as "outstanding" and "beastly" to describe Zeitler, whose swiftly rising up boards. The Badger senior has locked himself up as a top-45 choice and there's a feeling he could slide into the late part of Round 1.

16 free agents to avoid - Free Agency Dose - Rotoworld.com
Silva did a great job breaking down some of the best free agent bargains. Now it’s my turn to do a mediocre job looking at some players that will get overpaid in free agency. These are some buyer beware options in free agency.

Manning to Arizona? Coach's agent hopeful - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The Peyton Manning speculation will continue until Manning signs with another team, health permitting. Longtime NFL agent Eric Metz, who represents Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and top assistant Russ Grimm, weighed in Wednesday with comments strongly suggesting Manning could be throwing passes to Larry Fitzgerald in 2012.

Film Room: Running Backs
Greg Cosell on Peyton Hillis.

Peyton Manning is now a celebrated free agent, but one in decline - Kerry J. Byrne - SI.com
Peyton Manning is no longer the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. Manning and team owner Jim Irsay announced the parting of ways during a rather amicable press conference Wednesday.

Seahawks among the first wave of teams to go after Peyton Manning | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
Peyton Manning may have returned to South Florida after his official release from the Indianapolis Colts (waiver wire designation: "Terminated, vested veteran, failed physical"), but according to several NFL insiders, it is the overtures of the Seattle Seahawks that Manning will be receiving in the very near future. Officially a free agent at the 4:00 p.m. ET deadline, Manning is now a target for a large batch of teams looking to upgrade their quarterback position. And according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network (per his Twitter account), "the Seahawks are already in the process of reaching out to ex-Colts QB Peyton Manning."

Updated mock draft: 7th March " Seahawks Draft Blog
We’re 50 days away from the 2012 NFL draft and just over a week away from the start of free agency. The complexion of the draft could shift dramatically when the market opens, with teams adjusting priorities and making deals. Where will Peyton Manning land? What about Mario Williams? We could be looking at a very different first round projection by April.

Seahawks.com Blog | Free agent spotlight: Defensive line "
First in a series looking the players who are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents next Tuesday, although the following information does NOT reflect who the Seahawks might be targeting:

NFL - The top offensive scheme fits for Peyton Manning - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks Seattle is interesting because a year ago they were very active in free agency adding several pieces of their puzzle -- with the exception of quarterback. The supporting cast certainly isn't perfect, but there are pieces in place for the Seahawks. And Manning would make all of those respective pieces even stronger, especially considering that much of Seattle's talent is young. With a power ground game, an improving offensive line and some young receiving weapons to work with, Manning might be able to accomplish quite a bit with this offense. If Seattle signs Manning, they could definitely make a run. If taking a chance on Manning fails for Seattle, there isn't another franchise QB on the roster, but Tarvaris Jackson is at least serviceable.

QB Russell Wilson: Undersized-Underrated | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
One of the bigger questions about Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson will be his height. Measured at 5107, 204 lbs., Wilson will be one of the smaller quarterbacks in the NFL. Journeyman Doug Flutie was a legit 5’9″, fellow journeyman Jeff Blake might have been 6’0″. The common knock on quarterbacks under 6’2″ is that they will have difficulty playing from the pocket because they won’t be able to see over the line of scrimmage and they’ll have a higher rate of deflected passes.

Where might Peyton Manning wind up next? – Audibles
With the Colts opting to release Peyton Manning, the entire landscape of NFL free agency has shifted for this offseason. Where Manning winds up could have a major impact on division and conference races, plus dictate what happens at the top of the 2012 draft.

NFL - Peyton Manning decision was financial above anything else - ESPN
The dye is now cast. It would have been a dramatic upset if Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay exercised the option to extend Peyton Manning's contract for four more years by Thursday's deadline. All the signs pointed toward a separation; now the marriage between the Colts and Manning appears to have ended.

NFL - The Washington Redskins have the cap room to sign Peyton Manning - ESPN
2. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks entered the week with $36.025 million of room, then signed running back Marshawn Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract. Signing Manning wouldn't be a problem. Because of their cap room, the Seahawks are candidates to go after the most expensive defender in free agency, Texans defensive end Mario Williams, but they could switch priorities and upgrade the quarterback position. They currently have Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback. Upgrading to Manning wouldn't challenge their cap.

Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay say their goodbyes the right way at press conference - Don Banks - SI.com
In the end, they got it right. Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay stood side by side before the cameras at the Colts' team complex on Wednesday and reminded us all again of how good they've had it for so long now. Theirs was the most successful and long-running player-owner relationship going in the NFL, and they didn't let it go sour when it finally came time for this week's bittersweet parting of the ways.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Making the case for Peyton "
So Peyton Manning is a free agent. Now what?

Are signs pointing to a soft free agent market? | National Football Post
With no mandatory spending requirements this year, teams may wait longer to sign "value free agents".

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