Peyton Manning Free Agent Talks Won't Include Browns, Vikings

The Peyton Manning free agent sweepstakes will not include two teams picking high in the 2012 NFL draft. According to various reports, neither the Minnesota Vikings nor Cleveland Browns will be pursuing Manning. The Vikings pick third in April's draft, while the Browns are fourth.

There's an argument that the Vikings should make a run at Manning -- as there is for almost every NFL team -- but they just drafted Christian Ponder last season. They should be motivated to make that work. Besides, they've gone the veteran quarterback route twice in recent years, signing Brett Favre in 2009 and trading for Donovan McNabb in 2011. Neither vet could get it done.

Browns GM Tom Heckert confirmed that Manning isn't someone the team would be pursuing, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. I'm not sure they'd be able to entice him to Cleveland, anyway.

The Browns appear to be focusing their efforts on the NFL draft in April. Reports say they're interested in moving up to the Rams No. 2 overall pick in order to select Robert Griffin III. But we're still quite a ways away from the draft, so that stance could change.

For more on the Vikings, visit Daily Norseman and SB Nation Minnesota. And for more on the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.