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NFL Free Agency: Browns will not pursue Peyton Manning

Browns GM Tom Heckert spoke to media today and said what everyone pretty much already knew. The Browns will not be pursuing Peyton Manning.

“Not really,” said Heckert in an informal meeting with the media today. “That’s probably not a direction we’re going to go.”

While that is about as unsurprising as anything Heckert could have said today to the press, it is nice to hear it out loud. Of course this also ignores the other obvious side of the equation that would indicate that Peyton Manning would also presumably be looking for a different “direction” than the Cleveland Browns.

So the lottery wheel spins, just not in Cleveland. Deadspin pointed out yesterday that pretty much every team in the NFL had some kind of internet talk about “what if” regarding their NFL team and Peyton Manning. I took a slight bit of enjoyment out of the fact that they had to go to the Bleacher Report to find anyone talking “seriously” about the Browns and Peyton Manning.

Even when we discussed it back in January after Adam Schefter uttered “Browns” and “Peyton Manning” in the same sentence it was with a severe level of skepticism that it even had potential worth discussing.

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  • mgbode

    it didn’t work for Wynn or Quinn, but one of these rhyming names have got to work out for us, right?

    whether it be Flynn or Griffin.

  • mgbode

    I agree that there is alot of parody in the league.  Mostly it’s been other teams mocking us though.

    Our defense isn’t as good as you seem to think IMO though.

  • Garry_Owen

    I’ll have what you’re having!  Sounds good to me. 

    I just don’t think he wants to come to a team that has the history that we have, with the marginal opportunity for success that we have over the next few years in arguably the toughest division in the NFL.   

  • floydrubino

    Yeah KC has more to offer marginally maybe. If your only argument is we shouldn’t go after Peyton because we should fear KC in this process than to me your point is ridiculous which is my point. We should at least have our name in the hat along with others. We won’t go after him because of Holmgren’s philosophy which is hurting our team in this scenario by not letting your ego aside to do what’s best for your franchise. Pitt and Balt are getting older and certainly declining. Anywhere you play people hit hard. I don’t even think KC is in the lead to get him. I think Miami and the Jets are the front runners as of right now with KC as a possibility. But your right about one thing KC fans are like Clevelands which gives them a chance which is one of Cleveland’s selling points.

  • Garry_Owen

    What rhymes with “Barkley”?

  • floydrubino

    Your right. Our defense is better than what it shows because it has one of the worst offenses to have to deal with and the still play well playing 3/4 of the game because of all the 3 and outs the offense does.

  • Jay

    I’m really hoping Daniel Snyder stays true to form and throws a truck-load of money at Manning. That would bode well for the Browns negotiations with the Rams to move up to the #2 pick. But on the other hand, everyone and their Momma has Peyton in Miami already and Matt Flynn shopping homes in Strongsville.

  •  I can’t wait to see the spin your ilk comes up with as to why RGIII is doing well at whatever team he ends up in. 

  • Garry_Owen

    Ilk. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • Garry_Owen

    Ilk. Zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • porkchpxprss

    In his glorious run with Indy, with a team and coaching philosphy built specifically to maximize his strengths Manning went to 2 Super Bowls and won one.  No doubt his accomplishments are amazing, and he certainly is in the conversation of best 5ish QBs ever.  But can someone tell me why we would be better off spending the money to bring in this guy who couldn’t get the perfect team for him to the Super Bowl?  For 2 years max if he doesn’t get blindsided and paralyzed on our field (you want that Cleveland? just piss off Indiana, suddenly we’re fighting a 3 front war).  Who honestly thinks that in the 2 mayyybee if he discovers an testable form of HGH 3 years that he could get us to the Superbowl?  And honestly is there even a .0000000001% chance that he would come here?  Sorry, dreaming is healthy but living in a fantasy world is not.

  • porkchpxprss

    Mangled alot of that, sorry, its late, long night early morning, I think the jist is;
    Its not like he won 2 arm loads of Super Bowls
    The chance of him taking us to the SuperBowl is as miniscule as the chance of him signing with us in the first place.

    Now come to your senses and help fund the Super Nuclear Banshee Ninja Squad I’m going to assemble to break into Dan Snyder’s house and convince him to back off Griffin.

  • mgbode

    Flynn decided Strongsville was just too congested for him.  He’s looking around Olmsted Falls and Hinckley now.