After 14 years with the same team, in the same city with the same fans, Peyton Manning is moving on. Last week he and Colts owner Jim Irsay held an emotional press conference to announce that the 11-time pro bowl quarterback would no longer be the offensive leader of the Indianapolis Colts. While it was a sad day in Indianapolis, it made a lot of other fans hopeful about the prospect of their team landing the quarterback.
I read that 12 teams were going after the future hall of famer, but not all of them were announced. Over the weekend, Manning visited the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals.
The Broncos rolled out the red carpet for Manning. They sent a charted plane for him and provided a tour of the facility with team leadership. It is widely know that he is close to John Elway, vice president of football operations for the Broncos and John Fox the head coach.
The Arizona Cardinals were not out-done by Denver. They held meetings, tours of the facility and had their all-pro receiver, Larry Fitzgerald join them for half of the day. Manning has a good relationship with Arizona’s head coach, Ken Wisenhunt.
Peyton is back at his home in Florida. He will continue training and weighing the options for his new team. A visit to the Miami Dolphins has not been planned, but they are one of the teams who expressed interest in having the NFL’s biggest free agent join their locker room. It is possible that Manning could “take his talents to South Beach.”
Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, did not attend either one of the visits. It is clear that for Manning, the first step in the process is football. When you are Peyton Manning, you know that the money will come.
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