Peyton Manning Decision – After a weekend of being wined and dined by only two teams, free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning is apparently close to making a decision on where he will play next season.
On Friday, the Denver Bronco’s sent owner Pat Bowlen’s private jet to pick Manning up in Miami, where he lives, and fly him to Denver to talk with team official’s and players including, John Elway. From Denver, he went to Arizona where he talked to the Cardinal’s and head coach Ken Whisenhunt and star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
According to sources, even though there are other teams still wanting to meet with Manning, such as the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins, and the fact that Manning apparently did not discuss contract stipulations with either the Cardinal’s or Bronco’s during his visits due to the fact his agent was not present, Peyton is said to want to make a decision this week, and it could be as early as Tuesday to where he will play next season.
Miami owner, Stephen Ross is said to be “ready to make a major offer.” However, it is not about the money to Manning as his weekend visits were used by him to get to know the people he may be working with and the facilities he would be using.
One Denver source said Manning was learning names and introducing himself as if no one knew who he was, for example, the source quoted Manning as saying one time, “Nice to meet ya, Jim. I’m Peyton Manning.”
The Titan’s owner, Bud Adams is still trying to get Manning to visit before he makes his decision. He has said, “He is the man I want. Period! 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 apparently counted out some teams expected to be in the running, by declining offers to visit them, which are the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. There have been sources reporting that if Manning lands in Denver this week, Tim Tebow would be traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are ready to make a deal to the former Florida Gator and area favorite.