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Report: Forget Flynn, 'Fins all in on Peyton Manning

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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Perhaps Matt Flynn shouldn't rush to lay out that down payment on a South Beach condominium just yet.

The Dolphins' hiring of former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin led to rampant speculation that Flynn -- Aaron Rodgers' backup and soon-to-be unrestricted free agent -- would soon join him.

But the Dolphins have yet to express remote interest in Flynn, according to a Yahoo! Sports report, and Miami owner Stephen Ross has instructed general manager Jeff Ireland to make a "full-court press" on Peyton Manning.

As you might be aware, the Colts released Manning on Wednesday, making the legendary quarterback fair game to every team in the league.

Ross made it clear last year he wanted to pair a high-profile coach with a top-tier quarterback in 2012. Philbin could well become a fine head coach, but a sexy choice he is not. Manning represents the other half of Ross' dream.

NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington wrote on Wednesday that Ross reached out to Dan Marino last year about a consulting role in the team's hunt for a QB. Marino turned down the offer, but Darlington believes the Dolphins legend "might now be the unexpected ace in Miami's hand."

Marino told The Associated Press on Thursday he would not reach out to Manning, but if Manning asks, Marino said "I would definitely answer."

Then there's this: On Thursday, Marino sent a message to Manning via his Twitter page.

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