“He handled that press conference with so much class. It’s a shame for him to not be able to finish his career there,” Marino said. “Hopefully, the Dolphins have a chance to get him.
One thing that could benefit the Dolphins during the courtship is his proximity to the team; Manning owns a condominium on South Beach.
“Well, he’s already here. That’s got to be a good thing,” Griese said. “And he’s a golfing buddy of Dan Marino, so that’s got to be two good strikes. If the Dolphins get him, I think it’s a win-win.”
Marino, who played 17 seasons for the Dolphins, had a similar nerve injury towards the end of his career. He believes that the hardest days in the road to recovery are probably behind Manning.
“It’s something that takes a little while, and for Peyton, he’s had a while that he’s been out,” Marino said. “From hearing what he’s been saying, it’s getting stronger, and it’s getting better. I figure it’s just a matter of time because he’ll be back to being healthy and being the real Peyton Manning.”
Manning certainly isn’t the only quarterback available this offseason, but Marino feels it’s a rare opportunity to sign a player with Manning’s pedigree. In essence, talent recognizes talent.
“He’s at a level that most guys have never played at,” Marino said. “If you can get a guy like that for three or four years, it’s going to give you a chance each and every year.”
It was somewhat jarring to see Manning’s divorce in Indianapolis finally happen. Griese acknowleged, though, that “this was something we could see coming.”
“Reloading, that’s not for him,” Griese said. “As tough as it is to do, it’s been done before in the NFL four or five times, where quarterbacks have moved on.”
Like many, Marino feel that the Dolphins have a nucleus that could entice Manning.
“The Dolphins have a lot of good parts,” Marino said. “They’ve got a lot of solid players on the their team that can give them a chance to win, especially with Peyton.”
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