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NFL Offseason: Cardinals Paying Close Attention To Peyton Manning's Future

Everyone has an opinion nowadays when it comes to the future of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. With the big day - March 8 - slowly creeping upon us, and Manning due a $28 million bonus if he is still on the Colts at that time, the Colts are in a difficult spot in terms of the face of their franchise. And other franchises, like the Arizona Cardinals, are playing close attention to the situation, just in case one of the best quarterbacks in a generation surprisingly becomes available.

But reporter Peter King had this to say about Manning's future, according to revengeofthebirds.com, and if he's right, the Cardinals dream of bringing in a quarterback the likes of Manning would be dashed.

"I'm told that Manning is having difficulty almost five months after surgery getting back to full arm strength. Family friend Gil Brandt told me last week, ‘My gut feeling is that we've probably seen the last of Peyton in a football uniform.'"

Tony Dungy, who knows Manning better than most after coaching him in Indy, added this in the same story.

"I don't know where he is medically, but I do not think he is going to play for another team. I think if he's healthy enough, he plays for the Colts. If he's not healthy enough, he'll retire."

It all comes down to his health at this point. Throw in the wrinkle that the Colts are in line to draft Stanford's Andrew Luck with the first pick in the NFL Draft and it makes the Colts situation the top story of the NFL offseason.

And a story the Cardinals hope turns in their favor.