Peyton Manning to the Miami Dolphins? That's the hope of a grassroots organization that recently purchased a Manning billboard on a Florida highway.
The unnamed group purchased a billboard and Web site entitled Manning to Miami.com in hopes of convincing the two-time NFL MVP to come to Miami. The billboard located along I-595 and I-95 in Ft. Lauderdale might run afoul of NFL copyright rules, as noted by Yahoo Sports, but could draw some positive attention to Miami's pursuit of Manning.
A similar type of fans buying a billboard in favor of the Broncos starting quarterback Tim Tebow seemed to do the trick in 2011, at least according to backup quarterback Brady Quinn.
Manning is still a member of the Indianapolis Colts organization, but the popular belief is the Colts will release him rather than pay him a $28 million roster bonus due on March 8th. Manning has been the face of the franchise since he was drafted in 1998, but his four off-season neck surgeries paired with the Colts owning the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft -the Colts are expected to draft quarterback Andrew Luck - puts Manning's future in Indianapolis in doubt.
The 35-year-old quarterback has expressed desire to stay in Indianapolis, but will likely be forced to take his talents elsewhere next season, if he even plays at all. The Dolphins along with the Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Jets are all rumored to be interested in adding the star quarterback.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported on Thursday that the speculation at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis was that the Dolphins, Cardinals, Redskins were the three most likely teams to land Manning, in that order.