The New York Jetswere linked to Manning earlier this month, and the Miami Dolphinsreportedly are interested as well. The Washington Redskins could be the latest suitor, as a source familiar with the situation told The Washington Post the team would have interest if Manning is available and is deemed healthy.
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One of the primary concerns is Manning's health after missing the 2011 season while recovering from his third neck surgery in 19 months.
"No. 1, is he going to be released?" the official told the newspaper. "No. 2, is he going to be healthy? No. 3, at the end of the day, is he willing to come back and play in the NFL? We don't know those questions."
Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus on March 8, but NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported the Coltsdecided weeks ago to eventually part ways with Manning.
The Post's source said Manning would be appealing if he's able to play next season, but still could be difficult to acquire.
"I think everybody would want Peyton Manning, if he was healthy," the official said. "You'd be crazy not to want Peyton Manning if he was healthy. Nobody knows now if he's going to be cleared to play. And if he is cleared to play, wouldn't the Colts either want him, or (pick up his option) and then try to trade him?"