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.
āHe is the man I want. Period,ā Adams is quoted as saying. āAnd 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 doesnāt happen.ā
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.