Tim Tebow got a billboard in Denver last season and did really well with it. Now, Miami Dolphins fans are hoping a campaign to bring Peyton Manning to Miami will show similar results.
In an effort to convince impending free agent quarterback Manning to their team, Dolphins fans have begun a website called manningtomiami.com, and advertised the site on a billboard at the intersection of I-95 and I-595 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to the Washington Post.
Manningtomiami.com says, “This site has been created to help influence Peyton Manning and the Miami Dolphins that "Manning to Miami" is a movement and marriage that the entire South Florida community is behind.” The site calls on family, friends, enemies, co-workers, and business associates to cast their vote, and asks: “When's the last time the fans have had an 'impact' quarterback?”
Dolphins fans aren’t alone in their desire to acquire the four-time MVP quarterback. According to the Huffington Post, fans of the Tennessee Titans fans want Manning to return to Tennessee, where he went to college. They began website www.comehomepeyton.com, and started an ad campaign in January. They are currently pricing billboards.
Indianapolis Colts owner Robert Irsay had words with Manning in January regarding the quarterback’s health status. The Colts have until March 8 to decide whether to pay Manning $28 million or release him. Irsay wants Manning to restructure his contract.
James Walker of ESPN feels there are a number of reasons that Manning would fit well with Miami. Walker says the Dolphins have an offense that is potentially dangerous and were a top ten defensive team after their 0-7 start last season. The Dolphins were 6-3 in their final nine games.
He also believes Miami owner Stephen Ross is willing to pay the price for Manning, and the move to the Dolphins would give Manning another chance to beat Tom Brady and New England.