AVENTURA (CBSMiami) — Peyton Manning’s arrival in South Florida has not only Dol-fans talking but also legendary Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino who told CBS4 Thursday if Manning has questions, he’ll be happy to take his call.
Prior to teeing off at a celebrity golf tournament at the Turnberry Isle in Aventura Thursday, Marino called Manning “a class act.”
“It’s been incredible for him. He’s a class act. You could see that in the press conference yesterday, what he did, and hopefully he’ll get healthy and be able to play and continue his career,” said Marino.
The former Miami Dolphins quarterback said he will not reach out to Manning about his options in free agency, noting that the four-time NFL MVP has enough people “working with him to help him make the right decisions. If Peyton called me and asked me some questions I would definitely answer the best I could.”
New Fins coach Joe Philbin said Manning would certainly be an asset to the team.
“You know, we are looking at every option to improve the football team and as I’ve said before quarterback is an important position, it’s one member of a football team but we are certainly not opposed to looking at ways to improve the club,”said Philbin.
The sentiment was echoed by wide receiver Devone Bess.
“We need, obviously, help at any position we could get. That’s the honest answer. But for the most part, if Peyton is there, you know, why not go after him?” said Bess.
Manning arrived in South Florida on Wednesday, hours after his parting from the Indianapolis Colts. The Dolphins have sought a franchise quarterback for more than a decade since Marino retired, and are believed to be one of the teams interested in adding Manning.
“I think he fits with anybody. He’s one of the best who ever played the game in that position so wherever he ends up playing, as long as he’s healthy which is important to Peyton, I’m sure he wants go out there and play at a high level. Whereever he plays I’m sure he’ll be a big impact for that team,” said Marino.