Could Miami be too big of a market for Peyton Manning? ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, citing several "sources," says that the media frenzy that greeted Manning as he arrived in South Florida may have scared him off. Schefter suggests that like Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher before him, Manning may be the next target Stephen Ross misses (a scenario we've already worried about).
Here's the reports from SportsCenter:
Something about this however doesn't quite gel with us. Manning has been a sports icon for over a decade. Is media attention really going to scare him away?
Yes, Manning did get chased by reporters and helicopters after arriving at Opa-locka Airport before being driven to his condo on South Beach, but his free agency is a big deal. He could have landed in Bumfuck, Idaho, and he still would have been hounded by reporters.
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Sounds like someone, perhaps ESPN's sources, could be stretching things out a little bit for drama's sake.
Manning still is set to reportedly meet with the Dolphins soon. Let's just hope Ross and Jeff Ireland don't botch it.