New England Patriots Links 3/08/12 - Will Peyton Manning Land in AFC East?

Patriots games in Miami might heat up even more with Peyton Manning under center instead of Matt Moore (under Fletcher).

Shalise Manza Young explores the possibility of Peyton Manning signing with either the Miami Dolphins or NY Jets.

Manning's offseason home is in South Florida, and his Super Bowl title came in Miami. The Dolphins have around $17 million in salary cap space currently, have some good offensive weapons already in place (Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush, Davone Bess, Brian Hartline, Anthony Fasano) and a good offensive line.

Upping the Miami appeal for Manning? Receiver Reggie Wayne, set to become a free agent on Tuesday, would be open to signing with the Dolphins.

One other big factor: Miami desperately needs something - someone - to consistently put behinds in the seats at Sun Life Stadium. Owner Stephen Ross has made a couple of missteps in recent years, but if he's able to land Manning, he'll have a draw to get fans to the games and the hope that his team will be a real threat in the division.

As for the Jets, Newsday reported this morning that New York is prepared to make a "serious run" at Manning, and the Daily News was more succinct, with today's back page screaming "GET HIM!"

But the Jets have Mark Sanchez in place and aren't in a great position salary-cap wise, so they're likely a longer shot to land Manning, though playing with Gang Green would put Peyton in the same stadium as younger brother Eli.

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