BY: JORDAN KAPLAN
Should the Miami Dolphins sign Peyton Manning? This is the question that many in South Florida have been asking over the past couple of weeks. A billboard popped up a few weeks ago on the side of I-595 down the street from the Miami Dolphins training camp urging the Dolphins to sign Manning. Various websites, such as manningtomiami.com, have become ways for South Floridians to urge the Dolphins to sign Manning. But what should the inexperienced Stephen Ross do with his franchise? Will he keep it about glitz and glamour, or will he get down to business and play some football?
At first glance Peyton Manning on the Miami Dolphins seems like a great idea. 4 time NFL MVP (most all time), fastest player to 50,000 yards, and not to mention he’s thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his 13 seasons played. The other two seasons he threw for 3,7000+ yards. Not too shabby if you ask me. So why wouldn’t the Dolphins want this guy?
For starters, Robert Griffin III looks like he will be a star for many years to come. Of course this is all just speculation but the dude burns it up as a former track star and is just ridiculously gifted. On top of all that he comes off as a player that is eager to learn and has a great attitude. When you mix all these ingredients together you are cooking up a recipe for success. RG3 truly looks like he is a gamble any GM would be willing to take. The only problem is that the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins are rumored to be going after the rookie QB. A trade for St. Louis’ #2 pick would give them the ability to draft Robert Griffin III. Each of these teams has a higher draft choice to trade St. Louis and the Redskins in particular are likely willing to give up everything for him. Dan Snyder, the owner of the ‘Skins, has made crazier moves in the past. Snyder would mortgage the franchise for RG3 who looks like he will be a franchise QB for the next decade and beyond. Herein lies the obstacle the Miami Dolphins will have to overcome if they want Griffin. Take a step back South Florida and you’ll realize that the Dolphins should be willing to mortgage it all. Dol-Fans might not think so but I’ll tell you why.
Peyton Manning has just had 4 neck surgeries in just under 2 years. Nobody knows how he will hold up over an NFL season. No one knows if that one good hit will end his career. Even his own doctors would tell you that there is always a risk Manning reinjures his neck. But lets assume that Peyton is 100% healthy. Best-case scenario he gives the Dolphins 2-3 years of a truly productive player. But take a look at things a little deeper. Peyton Manning comes in and makes the Miami Dolphins a much better team. They have one of the better records in the AFC for the years he is their QB. What happens though when he retires? The Dolphins will be stuck with a mid to late round draft choice and still no QB for their franchise. By signing Peyton Manning the Miami Dolphins could be dooming themselves to 3 years of relevancy and another decade of mediocrity.