Perhaps Matt Flynn shouldn't rush to lay out that down payment on a South Beach condominium just yet.
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.
Shout out to #18, Indy will never forget your legacy. Can't wait to see you back on the field doing what you do best. #ClassActâ Dan Marino (@DanMarino) March 8, 2012
Twitter shout-outs do not guarantee contract signatures. But Manning to Miami continues to pick up heat, while Flynn to the Fish has as gone as cold as a Green Bay winter.