Peyton Manning’s Very Important Decision

Peyton Manning worked out for the Tennessee Titans on Saturday morning, completing a cycle of workouts and physicals for the three teams that are known to be finalists to sign him after a weeklong frenzy that has dominated free agency. Manning is likely to make his decision this week.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh watched the quarterback throw Tuesday at Duke University in Durham, N.C., where he has been rehabilitating and working out after the four neck procedures that caused him to miss the 2011 season.

The Denver Broncos watched Manning on Friday at Duke, where he threw about 60 passes.

Manning threw for the Titans in Knoxville, the home of the University of Tennessee, where Manning starred as a college player.

Titans owner Bud Adams has said he has offered Manning a lifetime contract.

“I thought he looked comfortable throwing the ball, and we had a good visit,” Titans general manager Ruston Webster said on the Titans’ Twitter feed. “This is another important step in the process.”

The statement was nearly identical to the one issued by Broncos executive John Elway on Friday. The 49ers have not commented on — or even publicly acknowledged — their pursuit of Manning.

One of the teams Manning eliminated from contention after a meeting — the Miami Dolphins — hosted quarterback Matt Flynn on Saturday. Flynn is the second-most-coveted quarterback available, even though he was Green Bay’s backup. Flynn also met with the Seattle Seahawks, who had hoped to enter the Manning sweepstakes but were rebuffed.

The 49ers released Spencer in a salary-cap move. It’s likely the Raiders could get Spencer for somewhere near the veteran minimum, given his lack of leverage.

The question remains: What team will Peyton Manning join for next season?




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