John Elway getting off a plane in Raleigh, North Carolina, where Peyton Manning has been rehabilitating from a series of neck surgeries. (WRAL)
The Denver Broncos, and several other NFL teams, are still pursuing quarterback Peyton Manning.
According to 11 News affiliate CBS 4 in Denver, Broncos' executive John Elway and coach John Fox have arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina to see Manning. Manning has been rehabilitating there after a series of neck surgeries, giving no sign of which teams are likely to win his services next season.
ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reports that Manning will work out for the team executives at Duke. A Broncos spokesman declined comment.
In addition to the Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans still believe they're in the running to sign the quarterback who is the only four-time MVP in NFL history. Sources say Manning also worked out for San Francisco 49ers' coach Jim Harbaugh Tuesday night. Anonymous sources told the Associated Press Friday that the Miami Dolphins were abandoning their pursuit of Manning.
The Broncos organization flew Manning to Denver last week, where he met with John Elway and Coach John Fox. Some sources have speculated that the team could be frontrunners in the negotiations.
CBS 4 says that Manning's interest in the Broncos stems from a good relationship with Elway and Fox, as well as the team's strong running game.
Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, March 7. The Colts balked at paying a $28 million bonus on the quarterback after a series of neck injuries.
Manning reportedly wants to stay in a different conference than his brother Eli, to avoid any chance that one brother could eliminate the other on the way to the Super Bowl. This could be a point in the Broncos' favor, as they are an AFC team like the Colts.
Sources say if the Broncos landed Manning, they would prefer to trade quarterback Tim Tebow over putting him in a backup position. However, Tebow's salary--$850,000 next season--would make it feasible to keep both players.