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Seahawks moving quickly to reach out to Peyton Manning

Tarvaris Jackson

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) winces as a trainer works on him during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


It’s becoming increasingly clear that the Seahawks want to be major players in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the Seahawks were ready to go as soon as Manning’s release became official, reaching out to Manning’s camp as soon as the official word went out to other teams that Manning’s contract had formally been terminated.

That matches with the earlier report that the Seahawks are willing to spend big to acquire Manning. There’s little doubt that the Seahawks are going to make a push to bring Manning to Seattle.

Tarvaris Jackson is slated to return as the starter in Seattle this season, and the Seahawks will surely say publicly that they’re committed to him, just as the Jets are saying publicly that they’re committed to Mark Sanchez. But if the Seahawks see an opportunity to upgrade from Tarvaris Jackson to a healthy Peyton Manning, that’s a move they’ll gladly make.