Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning has informed the Miami Dolphins that they are out of the running for his services, Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network reports.
According to Darlington, Manning personally called the team to inform them that he will not be signing with their franchise.
Manning's short list of teams he's considering playing for are the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans. Manning is working out in the Raleigh-Durham area, trying to regain full strength in a right arm that has passed for over 50,000 yards and 399 regular season touchdowns.
With Manning out of the picture, the Dolphins are expected to turn their attention to Matt Flynn, a former Green Bay Packers seventh-round pick who has backed up Aaron Rodgers the last few years. Flynn has limited experience, but has worked with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who was the Packers offensive coordinator up until landing the Miami job in January.
Another option is Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who played for Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman the last few seasons. The Dolphins hold the eighth pick in the draft, which is right around where Tannehill will likely be picked.