Updated Feb 3, 2012 - 2:37 pm
Jaworski: Risky for Cards to take Manning
That is the deadline for the Cardinals to decide if they want to give Kevin Kolb the $7 million option that is in his contract.
If that's picked up, the chances of Manning dressing in red are very slim.
On March 8, Manning is due for a $28 million option bonus with the Indianapolis Colts that will finish off the final four years of a five-year, $90 million contract. That will decide his future with the organization.
Other teams interested have the luxury of waiting to see how well he recovers and the time to be able to work out possible contract offers.
The gamble with signing Manning that early is that he will not have made a full recovery by then, and it will be unclear if he can play like he did just two years ago.
"We're not going to know how healthy Peyton Manning is by that time," ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo. "He's cleared. The fusion on his neck is healed. That part of it, he's fine. It's the nerve damage no one knows about.
"He's throwing the football now; he throws every day. However, no one's seen him throw. It's going to be a risk if it's Arizona, if it's Miami, if it's Washington, if it's the Jets. One of those teams, there is going to be some risk involved, not only with the money, but the unknown of how he is to play football."
Manning was cleared to play recently by two doctors after coming off a neck injury that sat him out the entire 2011 season. Colts' owner Jim Irsay tweeted early Friday that even though he was cleared, he has yet to pass the Colts' physical and has yet to be cleared to play for them.
Even though he has things to clear up with the Colts, more and more analysts, including Jaworski, are saying that his career with the team is done.
"It's over for Peyton Manning in Indianapolis," Jaworski said. "He's moving on, they're moving on. It would absolutely be the biggest upset in NFL history if Peyton Manning stays with the Colts."
- Cardinals vs. Chargers preview: Final chance to make an impression
- Arizona Cardinals sign DT Tommy Kelly
- Report: Arizona Cardinals bring James Harrison in for a visit
- Arizona Cardinals RB Zach Bauman excited for 'opportunity to show what I can do' Thursday vs. Chargers
- Confident Chandler Catanzaro looks to prove himself as Arizona Cardinals kicker
- Kirk Gibson, D-backs manager - Tuesday August 26D-backs manager Kirk Gibson discusses possible changes to a six-man rotation.
- Dave Pasch - Cardinals commentator - Tuesday August 26Dave Pasch thinks Michael Floyd is a number one receiving target.
- Mike Sando, ESPN NFL Insider - Tuesday August 26Mike Sando takes us inside the NFL headlines.
- Who impressed/Who depressed - Monday August 25Vince praises Arizona's newest football dynasty.
- Bruce Arians- Cardinals head coach - Monday August 25Bruce Arians says Jay Feely was let go early on so he can catch on with another team.