Big news came out of Miami today, but it was not concerning Peyton Manning.
Instead, the Dolphins seem to have taken another step backwards in the Manning Sweepstakes by trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two 3rd round picks.
Marshall, who has had issues on and off the field, represented Miami’s biggest threat down the field. The Pro Bowl MVP led the Dolphins last season in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, and now they send him to the NFC North, where he will be reunited with quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler and Marshall played together in Denver and will now try to challenge Green Bay in that division.
The move comes just one day after Peyton Manning met with Miami coach Joe Philbin, and General Manager Jeff Ireland. Sources say that the three of them met in Indianapolis on Monday, talking for about 6 hours before parting ways. Unlike his visits with both the Broncos, and the Cardinals, very little information came out of this meeting, and most NFL analysts have dismissed the Dolphins chances for landing the free agent quarterback.
Whether this move comes as a result of that meeting is anyone’s guess at this point. The trade could be seen as evidence pointing to the Dolphins giving up on signing Peyton Manning, or as surmised by NFL Analyst Marshall Faulk, it could mean that they are making room for Manning and his Posse.
The only thing that is certain about the Peyton Manning Saga, is that Nothing is for certain.
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