The Seahawks are interested in Peyton Manning and are willing to spend big money to draw him to Seattle, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
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Manning, a four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, is expected to be released by the Indianapolis Colts today at noon. At that time, it is believed there are at least half a dozen teams who are expected to heavily pursue the quarterback.
Last season the Seahawks finished 7-9, third place in the NFC West. Tavaris Jackson served as the team’s starting quarterback, posting a 79.2 quarterback rating in 15 games. Jackson, however, battled through injuries most of the season. Manning missed the entirety of the 2011 due to a neck procedure he underwent prior to the season. As a result, the Colts finished the year 2-14, tied for the worst record in the NFL. The Colts will release Manning instead of paying him the $28 million roster bonus he is owed this season.