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Manning interest high, his plan unclear

MIAMI — In the one day since the Colts released Peyton Manning, at least 12 teams have expressed interest in signing the future Hall of Fame quarterback, according to multiple media outlets Thursday.

The list reportedly includes the Dolphins, Redskins, Jets, Cardinals, Seahawks, Chiefs and Broncos, among others. Though many teams have expressed an interest in seeing Manning throw, the quarterback has not made it clear if he will.

The Dolphins hope to meet with the 35-year-old in the coming days and want to examine his medical history after his four neck procedures, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The timetable for a decision by Manning is uncertain, though the Dolphins would likely need a decision by 4 p.m. Tuesday, the start of free agency.

Not the Browns: General manager Tom Heckert said his team will not pursue Manning — "No, that's probably not a direction we're going in," he said — leaving it still in the hunt for quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor.

Bounty talk: Retired safety Coy Wire says he was part of a small group of Bills players who pooled money on a weekly basis and rewarded themselves for hurting opponents during his rookie season in 2002.

Though the Bills were at that time coached by Gregg Williams, Wire insists the pool was solely player-driven.

"We rewarded each other for that, and that was wrong," said Wire, who said in a story published by the Buffalo News that there was an environment of "malicious intent" in place when he arrived.

Eli restructures: Giants quarterback Eli Manning restructured his contract to give the Super Bowl champions more cap room, the Associated Press reported. The Giants will guarantee $9 million of Manning's $10.75 million salary in 2012. The move allows the Giants to divide the guarantee over the final four years of the deal, reduces his base salary to $1.75 million and clears roughly $6.75 million in cap space, the report said. The Giants were over the cap, so the money will give them wiggle space for free agency.

Bills: Tight end Scott Chandler agreed to a two-year contract instead of becoming an unrestricted free agent next week.

Chargers: Linebacker Demorrio Williams, who was released by the Chiefs this week, agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

Jaguars: Cornerback Rashean Mathis avoided free agency by signing a one-year, incentive-laden contract.

Manning interest high, his plan unclear 03/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:43pm]
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