Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning speaks at a press conference announcing his departure from the team. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans suddenly emerge as dark horse to sign Peyton Manning

Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning wrapped up two visits with potential new teams this weekend, meeting with the Denver Broncos Friday and Saturday,  and then afterwards spending all day Sunday with Arizona Cardinals brass.

Manning left both visits happy, more so with the Broncos, but he does have close ties to Cardinal head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Reports say that Denver reps confirmed they were 95% sure that Manning would sign with the team.

However the Cardinals are in a dire cap situation as reports have them some $16.4 million over the 2012 allotted amount of $120.6 million dollars. Could they sign Peyton? Absolutely, but at the expense of quite a few players currently on the roster.

But signing with the Cardinals make a lot sense for Manning, and then of course there is receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who calls Arizona home. That in itself could be enough to woo the four-time NFL MVP to the desert.

Manning is now back in Miami for the time being, and it has been unclear if he would meet with any more teams up until now.

The Dolphins are still  desperately trying to get a meeting confirmed with Manning, as are the Seattle Seahawks, but it looks like the next team to get a crack at him will be the Tennessee Titans — sorry Jeff Ireland.

NFL Network correspondent Michael Lombardi broke the news that the Titans were expecting a visit from Peyton earlier today.

Titans owner Bud Adams came outright and declared that Manning was the quarterback he wanted to run his franchise yesterday, and since reports have swirled as to whether Manning and crew would indeed take Adams on up in his offer for a “meet and greet”.

Tennessee has two good quarterbacks on the roster already in Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker — with Locker being the perceived future of the franchise after becoming the teams first round pick a year ago.

But with Manning on the market the Titans can’t resist at least trying to get a deal in place for his services, one that would presumably send Hasselbeck on his way and Locker assigned to permanent “clipboard” duty

Manning has amassed 54,828 passing yards and 399 touchdowns during his fourteen year career.

He was the number one overall pick by the Indianapolis in the 1998 NFL draft, and has been a record four-time NFL MVP. In 2006, he led the Colts to a Super Bowl Championship over the Chicago Bears.

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