Peyton Manning visits Broncos, Cardinals
Peyton Manning has spent his entire 14-year NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts.
March 12th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

Peyton Manning visits Broncos, Cardinals

Is free agent quarterback Peyton Manning less than 48 hours away from picking where he'll play in 2012?

Football writers in at least two cities are speculating that may be the case.

A report in The Denver Post says the Broncos, whom Manning visited Friday and Saturday, will begin contract talks with the four-time NFL most valuable player's agent, Tom Condon, on Monday.

"Manning was impressed with the Broncos," Mike Klis writes in Monday's Denver Post. "He liked front-office boss and star quarterback colleague John Elway. He liked coach John Fox. He talked 20 to 30 minutes with owner Pat Bowlen, who reiterated his position that division titles don't cut it with him. He wants Super Bowls."

Klis says Manning, who parted ways with the Indianapolis Colts last week, wants to make his decision by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Manning's second stop over the weekend was in Phoenix, where the Arizona Cardinals made their pitch for him.

Manning spent more than six hours in meetings with the Cardinals on Sunday, including time with star receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who'd be the key target for Manning if he decided to move to the desert.

"A source told The Republic ... that Manning's meeting with the Cardinals was 'all about football' and went well," Arizona Republic writer Kent Somers wrote Sunday at AZcentral.com. "Manning, the source said, was very engaged."

Somers writes that Manning reportedly wants to choose a new team by Tuesday.

ESPN.com reports that the Broncos and Cardinals are the favorites in the Manning sweepstakes, but the quarterback left Arizona for Miami late Sunday.

Manning owns property in South Florida, and the Dolphins are hoping for a chance to make a pitch to Manning, according to news reports.

"The Dolphins have what they believe is a strong presentation and are hopeful of making it to Manning early this week," Barry Jackson writes in Monday's Miami Herald.

But Jackson says that "the Dolphins enter the final stages of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes clinging to the hope" of getting the QB "but no longer with the perception of being the favorite."

One other team still in the Manning hunt may be the Tennessee Titans.

Titans owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean on Sunday that he's contacted Manning's agent and wants the chance to make a pitch for Manning's services.

“He is the man I want. Period,” Adams is quoted as saying. “And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”

Manning has ties to the state, playing his college ball at the University of Tennessee.

Despite the hopefulness from Denver and Arizona, ESPN.com reports that Manning is unlikely to decide by Tuesday.

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  1. deptirado

    He is going to go to the Cardinals it is obvious! Denver was a fluke going to the playoffs! Lost the first game because of their offensive line....if Payton wants to get hurt let him go to Denver I guess!

    March 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      1) Peyton. 2) Denver won their first game of the playoffs against the Steelers.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee C.

      They beat Pittsburgh the first game of the playoffs.(Oopsie)

      March 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Holdupaminute

    I'm betting that Manning goes with Denver. One of the few formulas missing from the Broncos last year was a quarterback that can throw accurate passes consistently. With a few adjustments and Manning, the Bronco's could be a Super Bowl contender.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Huh, Denvers oline is horrendous. Peyton would be an idiot to go there. I am no fan of Tebow, but he is the QB with any chance of surviving the other teams pass rush.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stvnkrs10

    Please. This is all a ruse. Anyone who knows, knows Manning is going to Miami. Plain and simple. I'll bet on it.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nobama

      stvnrs you are going to lose that bet.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ArtInChicago

    Grow a goatee, slick the hairback and become a Raider.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joey

    can he pass a physical conducted by doctors other than his own ?

    March 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Noyb

    Shame on Denver if Peyton Manning goes there to play. Tim Tebow has done wonders for the Broncos unlike their lost hope with Kyle Orton. Not even Elway can claim that he was a star, super bowl honored quarterback early in his career as QB. It took him a few years to realize what he was there to do.

    I also see this as a 2-edged sword. First, shame on the Broncos for dismissing Tebow so quickly because they will probably regret it whether Tebow stays in Denver (without Manning) or Tebow leaves. Frankly, if I were Tebow I would not pledge allegiance to the Broncos for even considering another QB. Thats not the way to build a relationship between the 2 parties. And lets face it, Tebow's has a very outspoken display of his religious beliefs, and while this is admirable (I am a Christian as well), things that people are passionate about can still be done in moderation, and I think the Broncos head office may not be as passionate about it as Tebow. Go Tebow and Go Manning...however, the way the Broncos have handled it is off the scale.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • talbet

      Tebow isn't going anywhere. Nobody else wants him

      March 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • broncos8989

      A 2 edged sword in this case isn't possible. Did you see what happened when the Broncos tried to bring Tebow in with Orton as QB? It was pathetic. They had to completely rebuild the offense for Tebow because he has no accuracy and holds the ball so long, Ortons offense was too complex.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      The Broncos averaged more points per game with Orton under center. Tebow is a one trick pony who produced less offense in yards and points than Orten did.

      The difference in Denver was the defense.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tom

    what happened to the Niners in all this? Has Harbaugh scared away the best QB out there by supporting a starting QB that couldn't hit a fat lady in the butt with a sack of rice?

    March 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      1. Yes
      2. That's a pretty solid analogy

      March 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. atpmsd

    How incredibility stupid and shortsighted it would be for Denver to sign Payton, an aging QB, and to not stick with Tebow who already has demonstrated he has the good. Give Tebow a little time and Denver might have another Elway.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      couldn't agree more. Look at what the kid did with practically no training camp. Tebow could be special. And actually good for the game.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • broncos8989

      Did either of you guys watch his games last year? What good did Tebow do last year? They got absolutely embarrassed by every team with a winning record all year until playing a depleted Steelers team, earning a chance for another beat down by the Pats. They need Manning ASAP

      March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • M

      Tebow is a circus, a side show. Tebow's wins were flukes. We don't need luck, we need skill, athleticism. Frankly, as a CO resident, I could do without the Tebow talk on every news channel all day long. We need athletes, not gimmicks.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Tebow was last in the league in yards per game, and completion % as a starter. He was nearly last in QB rating. He sucks. If you are resting the future of your franchise on a guy who simply cannot throw, then good, I don't like Denver anyway.

      March 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SteveOfTx

    He should also visit the Dallas Cowboys.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      Why, so Jerry can eat Romo's monstrosity of a contract and sign Manning?

      March 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Make him retire. He has enough money. Go do some broadcasting, Peyton....you are done. You did a fine job....now let someone else have the glory.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leucadia Bob

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIu5aPIIzzM&w=640&h=390]

    March 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fred doerrie

    The colt's made a huge mistake by letting Manning go in the first place !! look @ the Colt's last season without him on the field, a true embarrasment to the NFL.. As a Saint's fan, thank you Indi. for a gauranteed win next season!!

    March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jannet

    T im tiebow sucks

    March 13, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
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