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 "Manning, the source said, was very engaged."

Somers writes that Manning reportedly wants to choose a new team by Tuesday. 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, reports that Manning is unlikely to decide by Tuesday.

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  1. Meyer C. Dhoates

    Peyton Manning should retire and open a YUGO dealership.

    March 12, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • James.Storm

      And you should drown yourself in a bathtub

      March 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |

    NO.. he should open a crispy creme...

    March 12, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • PAYton ManCA-CHING

      No... He should open a falafel joint in North Dakota.

      March 12, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Really?

    Or be a spokes person for erectile dysfunction medication....

    March 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Smiling Peyton? lol

      March 12, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • James.Storm

      You are ALL so fning stupid. You must be computer nerds and not football fans because this is afterall peyton manning were talking about not christian ponder or curtain painter you dolts

      March 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pat

    What does Elway have against Tebow? He's railed against him all year and the guy brought them to the playoffs. Time to dump that jughead!

    March 12, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I may be wrong, and I frequently am, but my personal feeling is jealousy over the media attention.
      Elway way great in his own right.
      He doesn't have to be petty.

      March 12, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      I think he wants a QB who he can trust to complete more than 50% of his passes...just maybe.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • kestes

      Wait a second guys.....Elway might be upset with tebow because he cant complete passes? Wow what a jerk! He expects his QB to either throw the ball or learn to throw the ball? Again...what a jerk

      March 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      Lets see... besides the fact that he is the 43% completion percentage and his defense carries him every game, he was bottom 5 in QBR

      March 12, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • James.Storm

      Elway is an old head and thinks a QB should be standardized. He is Jealous of tebows fan following and quick stardom. he also can't accept change. Tebow is a different type of QB. He's not the most accurate thrower in the world but he still performed like a leader.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "Elway is an old head and thinks a QB should be standardized. He is Jealous of tebows fan following and quick stardom. he also can't accept change. Tebow is a different type of QB. He's not the most accurate thrower in the world but he still performed like a leader."

      LOL yeah he is a different type of QB, one that cannot throw, read defenses, and fumbles way too often. Just because you "preformed like a leader" (whatever that means) doesn't mean you preformed like an NFL QB

      March 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nookster

    Please go to Denver so we don't have to watch Tebow make a fool out of himself for another season.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      oh you will have to watch it....only he would be in Jacksonville

      March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • See Novak

      Better to get an offensive line that can block.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. doc

    That jughead is probably part owner of the team.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. mullahfullahbullah

    I will adopt whatever team Peyton goes to. I just hope they have a good front line and receiving corps. If both those things are not possible then as much as I want to see him play again then he should retire. Good luck Peyton whatever you decide.

    March 12, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Colts

    You're killing me, Peyton. Come.....back............

    March 12, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      lol dont blame peyton, blame your IGNANT owner Jim Irsay

      March 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laura

    Why does no one tell him it is time to retire, yes he is a great quarterback and I am a huge fan but if he were to get hit one good time, he could be paralyzed for the rest of his life. That is not worth any amount of money or playing football.I will have to say it is interesting though that he went to visit Denver

    March 12, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nomad

      Please Laura. This is mans business. He has been cleared to play. This would not be the case if there was something still wrong with him. Besides... All football players face the possibility of paralysis. So get on in there now and make the rest of us some sandwhiches please.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      "but if he were to get hit one good time, he could be paralyzed for the rest of his life. "

      Please provide sources to this information. Everything on ESPN says otherwise. And furthermore, anyone at anytime playing NFL football can be severely injured, even killed so I am not sure what your point is other than talking about subjects you clearly have no idea about.

      March 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. colliersf

    Common sense he is not going to Denver

    March 12, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    I think he should be a quarterback coach for the Rams, maybe we would win more than 2 games a year. His body does not take a beating anymore and he makes good money.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alaska

    I hope Denver does sign him and release Tebow, then I hope Peyton gets taken out early in the season. That would be the ultimate get in ure face to John Elway, what a looooser.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      lol let go of the whole tim tebow thing already....he is a below average qb and will always be a below average qb. The fact that you wish harm against another player because of your infatuation with tebow shows your ignorance. Let me guess....Christian are you?

      March 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nomad

      @Timmy. Great reply "Christian are you" I love it.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeremiah Deem Tulsa


    March 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pickels

    Where is Brett Favre when you need him

    March 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy


      March 12, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pickels

    I love Payton Manning, he is great for the game and a tremendous human being off the field. But, name one super star athelete that has retired when he or she supposed to. They cant let go. Look at Brett Frave, Muhammed Ali, John Unitas,Pele its the same song. Payton do us all a favor and stay home with your family,enjoy your money that you made and we will see you in Canton Ohio in five years.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronald

      1) Peyton. 2) Barry Sanders

      March 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • B bailey

      Pete Sampras

      March 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArtInChicago

      Pickels, I agree, but Peyton hasn't been given that time to see if his skills have diminished. We know he was hurt. Last time he played, he played fairly well. Give him this year to assess.

      March 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • timmy

      last time I checked, Farve went 30 TDs, 3 INTs on his way to an NFC Championship birth.....and he was 39

      March 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • janfebmar

      wrong timmy.
      favre was 33-7 as an indoor QB that year.
      and oh yeah, he still lost the nfc champ game – which was played indoors btw.

      next year, he tanked. despite beinig indoors again.
      in other words, his real last year was horrid. and he is the first to tell you "no excuses". he knows the truth.

      March 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
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