Thursday, March 15, 2012
Should Dolphins shift focus to Flynn?
By James Walker
Day 3 of free agency is nearly complete, and the Miami Dolphins haven't heard from quarterback Peyton Manning.
The future Hall of Famer completed his most recent visit Wednesday with the Tennessee Titans and is meticulously taking his time making a decision. Meanwhile, the Titans, Dolphins, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals continue to wait on Manning.
This is a delicate and dangerous game Miami is playing. At what point should the quarterback-needy Dolphins cut the cord on the Manning dream?
Reports indicate Denver, Tennessee and Arizona have leapfrogged Miami in the Manning sweepstakes. ESPN's Adam Schefter even suggests it's now a two-team race between Denver and Tennessee. Yet the Dolphins continue to keep their quarterback plans on ice until Manning's decision is final.
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn -- Miami's second choice -- will fly to Seattle on Thursday night to meet with the Seahawks. The Dolphins might be considered the favorite for Flynn. But you can never be sure when millions of dollars are being thrown around.
The Seahawks might have a great visit with Flynn, offer a big contract and convince Flynn to sign before he skips town. Under that scenario, the Dolphins could lose out on both quarterbacks, assuming Manning chooses another team.
Going after Manning was a great idea. The Dolphins had to take their shot at a quarterback who could instantly change the fortune of the franchise. But waiting too long for Manning is a mistake. Manning will do what's in his best interest, and that might not match with Miami's.
If talks heat up between Flynn and Seattle or another team, the Dolphins might want to narrow their focus in this quarterback derby or risk leaving empty-handed.
(Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Flynn's next visit will be with Miami after he visits the Seahawks. It appears the Dolphins are taking my advice.)