With NFL free agency set to begin tomorrow, a lot of people believe that a handful of teams qualify for this equation:
Mediocre to average 2011 season + Peyton Manning coming off 4th neck surgery = ZOMG SUPER BOWL!!!1!
Among those teams have been the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. And what we know from an outlandish barrage of rumors and reports over the last 5 days is that only the Broncos and Cardinals really have a shot, because Manning hasn’t met with any other teams and he doesn’t want to. (Update: He’ll meet with Tennessee after all. Double Update: This is why the dead period before free agency sucks, because people can just report anything. Manning will meet with the Dolphins.)
That includes the Dolphins, but only because Manning claimed he’s familiar enough with their facilities that he doesn’t need a meeting. And while I think that’s a death rattle for Miami’s chances, that hasn’t stopped Miami’s fans from making one last-ditch, musical effort to sway Manning’s opinion.
In case you have volume control issues or are at work, that’s “My Heart Will Go On” dedicated to the guy who won’t play in Miami, with these lyrics:
Nerves! arm! however you are!
I believe that your career must go on
Matt Moore, we’ll show him the door
And you’ll heal and your career, your career will go on
Audibles at the line
A perfect pass to Hartline
A draw to Regie Bush from shotgun
Luck was why they left you
Why Irsay he cut you
Circumstances so he moved on
Nerves! arm! however you are
We believe that your career should go on
No snow, your beachfront condo
You’ll be here and your career, your career will go on and on
Meanwhile in Denver, the the One Swoosh guys put up yet another pro-Tim Tebow billboard to ask fans to vote for which QB they’d rather have – Manning or Tebow. Hell, just for laughs I hope Tebow wins.
(Video via HuffPo.)