Things were already looking bleak for the Miami Dolphins and their chances of landing Peyton Manning; now that ship appears to have finally sailed altogether. NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reports Manning contacted the Dolphins yesterday to say he wasn't coming.
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While Miami initially made for a good match on paper -- AFC team, clear need at quarterback, nice weather in South Florida -- it became clear this week that Manning's top two choices were the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, while Miami faded into the background. Now the Broncos appear poised to land Manning, with their team plane headed for North Carolina this morning to meet with the star QB. The Dolphins, who went 6-10 last year with Matt Moore, Chad Henne and J.P. Losman splitting the snaps, are now expected to look elsewhere for a long-term solution at quarterback. Former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn, now a free agent, has become a strong possibility.