Darnell Dockett goes public, wants Peyton in Arizona
Surely, some behind-the-scenes recruiting of Peyton Manning is already under way.
There is no question players he knows in other cities are reaching out to him anyway they can in an effort to cajole him into coming to their city.
And then there’s the approach of Darnell Dockett, the Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Arizona Cardinals. Dockett took to Twitter on Tuesday after news that Manning would be released by the Indianapolis Colts and wrote: “Peyton to AZ!!!!!!”
Manning’s not known to be frequent visitor to the Twitter world, so it’s hard to imagine that pitch had much effect. Then, there is the whole element of Dockett seemingly taking Kevin Kolb and throwing him under the bus after one injury-plagued and ineffective season with the Cardinals.
Later, Dockett went on NFL Network to explain his recruiting tactic.
“I don't have anything against our quarterback we have now,” Dockett said. “I feel confident in him. Who wouldn't want to play with Peyton Manning?
“We are a team that is a few pieces away from getting back to the big game. We got a perfect fit for him in Arizona. He can get his number and I'll get him parking passes, free doughnuts on Saturdays. I’ll make sure my guys clean his cleats up real well. I'll give him all my connections, even my barber.”
While the Cardinals might have an offensive scheme that appeals to Manning, Arizona’s offensive line isn’t the best and for a quarterback coming off four reported neck surgeries, that might not be an ideal fit. Arizona’s defensive might not be championship-ready either and that is why some believe the Cardinals are not a serious contender for the quarterback.
Let the fun begin.
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