Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning spent 6.5 hours at Titans headquarters last night and, according to Titans owner Bud Adams, took a call from the governor of Tennessee while he was there. According to David Climer, Manning is intrigued by the idea of finishing his pro career where he played his college ball, and word is that Adams may be dangling a front-office position and/or partial team ownership to sweeten the pot for Peyton.
As for when he'll make his decision, Mike Freeman hears Peyton is shooting for Sunday at the latest, and he thinks Denver is still the frontrunner. According to Freeman, some of the teams Manning already visited with (Denver, Arizona, Miami) have been calling the QB during his travels to and/or visits with the other teams, to remind him why their team/city is best for him. Was there any doubt this occurs?
Mike Klis says that before turning their attention to Manning, the Broncos were content to sign a backup for Tim Tebow the likes of Josh Johnson and draft another QB in the first three rounds.
Climer says the Titans coaching staff and FO tried last week to dissuade Adams from pursuing Manning, but obviously they failed. Peter King might call this compelling. Does Peyton really want to play someplace where the owner makes football decisions? For a staff and FO that didn't think the idea of signing him was a very good one?
Mark Kiszla sees in Tennessee the first real threat to Denver's chances of landing Manning, and he finds it hard to believe that it will come down in the end to money (agreed). He says team brass were never worried Peyton would choose Arizona or Miami over Denver, to the point where they had a "smugness" to them.
John Lynch's own mid-career neck surgery was performed by the same doctor who cares for and recently cleared Manning.
Klis says the Broncos are hoping to sign Browns safety Mike Adams during his visit today.
Jeff Legwold says Denver is interested not just in Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, but ASU's Brock Osweiler and A&M's Ryan Tannehill, too.
There was apparently talk on NFLN about Denver getting involved on Mario Williams, but he's still in Buffalo - so who knows?
San Diego is trying to sign Eddie Royal. F#$%!!!!
Jim Nantz responds to reader questions; he thinks Tebow is going to win a Super Bowl someday.
Terry Frei doesn't want the Broncos to trade Tebow, who he thinks wins football games because of karma.
Seattle released Robert Gallery, re-signed Paul McQuistan, hosted Steve Hutchinson yesterday, and will meet with Matt Flynn today.
Tennessee also hosted Packers C Scott Wells yesterday.
The Chicago Tribune rolled out the welcome mat for Brandon Marshall in the form of a rap sheet.
Bill Barnwell believes Washington overpaid for Pierre Garcon, Robert Meachem won't quite fill the shoes of Vincent Jackson, and age will catch up with Cortland Finnegan before his new contract with the Rams is up.
Jason Cole thinks Megatron's huge deal will help giave Drew Brees more leverage with the Saints.
Don Banks doesn't quite think Mario Williams would live up to the hype in Buffalo, and he sees plenty of Peter King-approved irony and interestingness in the signings of Kyle Orton in Dallas and Jason Campbell in Chicago.
Jonathan Bales evaluates Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu.