Shall we catch up on the weekend in Peyton Manning?
When last we left our itinerant quarterback, he was driving an SUV somewhere in Colorado. The Broncos wined and dined Manning, bringing in former teammate Brandon Stokley to sweet talk him.
Manning "liked" John Elway. He "liked" John Fox. When being introduced to someone new, "he always repeated the person's first name, and then said his full name. Like: 'Nice to meet ya, Jim. I'm Peyton Manning.'" He did not work out for the Broncos, because it would be ludicrous to want to see if a guy coming off of several neck surgeries can still throw.
Then it was off to meet with the Cardinals, a visit, which according to a highly-placed, super-secret inside source, "went well." They talked football and he met with receivers and everyone got along swimmingly. Arizona, too, did not work Manning out, because I guess it would be disrespectful to not take him at his word that he's healthy?
Any other teams who might want Manning? Tough shit. Adam Schefter says he's not visiting any more teams. He flat turned down Kansas City and Seattle, though he may meet with a Dolphins coach. (And after they made him a Titanic song?) Late yesterday, the Titans made their interest knowns, with Bud Adams saying Manning "is the man I want. Period." Which means Tennessee has offended two incumbent quarterbacks, compared to just one for the Jets, who tried to make it up to Mark Sanchez by locking him up for at least another two years.
So Manning's options are on the table. At first we thought he was going to make his decision soon, as in before free agency starts on Tuesday. But now that seems unlikely, though possibly as early as Wednesday. One thing's for sure: we'll know where Peyton Manning will play before the week is out, unless we don't.
But what if Manning picks Denver? I'll tell you what: John Elway finds a brilliant way to rid himself of Tim Tebow, without feeling the wrath of the Tebowmaniacs. PFT reports that Denver would happily put Tebow on the trade block if it meant landing Manning, and one interested team would be Jacksonville, which is where he probably should have been ended up in the first place. New Jaguars owner Shahid Khan says he would have drafted Tebow in 2010, and early returns on Blaine Gabbert have been less than promising, and Jacksonville needs to sell tickets. It's almost too perfect.
A Tebow bidding war would be wide open. He doesn't come with the cap concerns of Manning, and more teams would be willing to hand the keys over to a young quarterback than a gimpy 36-year-old one. The Manning free agency tour has been brief and disappointing for its lack of overcoverage and irrationality. The Tebow trade sweepstakes would be just the thing to keep this busy and wonderful offseason going strong.