Eagles respond to report they had interest in Manning

Posted March 23, 2012 @ 12:10 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that the Eagles were interested in signing Peyton Manning, despite already having Michael Vick under contract. The report stated that head coach Andy Reid, “was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn't get more personnel control,” and though the team has made some impressive moves this offseason, Reid wanted the team to pursue Manning.

According to Farmer, “talks never got too serious, the insiders say, because Manning didn't like the idea of playing against his brother Eli, quarterback of the New York Giants, at least twice a season.”

On Friday, the Eagles released a statement responding to the story.

"We look into everything, as all teams do," Reid said. "And I have the highest regard for Peyton Manning. But as I said publicly last month, that wasn't the direction we were heading in. Michael (Vick) is our guy.

"As far as the personnel control, I have had final say on personnel matters for quite some time here and that's never been an issue or a point of contention.

"Our front office works very well together and that's one of our strengths."