Hall of Famer Dan Marino: Manning 'fits with anybody'

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, March 8 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

Dwyane Wade reached out to Manning on Twitter, and LeBron James took time in a postgame television interview after the Heat beat Atlanta on Wednesday night to briefly sell Manning on the merits of South Florida.

Will Marino call him?

"I probably wouldn't do that unless he asks for some advice," Marino said. "And he has plenty of people that he's working with to help him make the right decisions."

Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter said if Manning says he's healthy enough to play, then that's good enough for him.

"He's a great football player," Carpenter said. "I definitely think having Peyton Manning won't hurt your chances. ... Obviously, I don't know how hard we're pursuing him. It's hard to say what Peyton Manning's thinking. I'm sure he's going to talk to his family, think about himself and think about where he wants to be and make that decision."

AP National Writer Nancy Armour contributed to this report.

GIANTS' MANNING RESTRUCTURES CONTRACT: A person familiar with the decision says Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has restructured his contract with the New York Giants.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team has not officially announced the quarterback's deal.

Under terms of the restructuring, the Giants will guarantee $9 million of Manning's $10.75 million salary in 2012. The move allows the Giants to divide the guarantee over the final four years of the contract, reduces his base salary to $1.75 million and clears roughly $6.75 million in cap space, the source said.

Manning had a career season in 2011, leading the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in five seasons.

NINERS SIGN TUKUAFU TO 2-YEAR DEAL: The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive tackle Will Tukuafu to a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season.

Tukuafu, a graduate of East High, joined the 49ers during training camp in 2010 and spent the majority of that season on the team's practice squad.

Tukuafu made his NFL debut last season and recovered a fumble on his very first career play from scrimmage against Seattle. He played in five games before suffering a season-ending wrist injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 2.

RAIDERS REDO CONTRACTS: The Oakland Raiders have restructured the contracts of quarterback Carson Palmer, defensive tackle Richard Seymour and safety Michael Huff to try to get under the salary cap.

The team announced the new deals Thursday.

The Raiders did not reveal terms of the new contracts but Mac's Football Blog reported that the team would save more than $11 million against the 2012 cap by extending the deals for Seymour and Huff. Palmer had a $12.5 million base salary for 2012 before the new deal.

The Raiders were reportedly more than $20 million over the projected salary cap before putting a franchise tag on safety Tyvon Branch that is expected to be about $6.2 million.

All teams need to be under the salary cap by next Tuesday.

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