Broncos Continue Pursuit Of Peyton Manning

The Denver Broncos are continuing to pursue Peyton Manning, sending a plane to North Carolina where the four-time MVP has been working out.

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.

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  • by Manning Mania Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 20, 2012 at 06:40 PM
    Update. They hired Manning today 3/20/2012.
  • by Mr. Y on Mar 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    What would Jesus do?
    • reply
      by Anon on Mar 18, 2012 at 02:04 AM in reply to Mr. Y
      Buy Manning.
  • by The Coach on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:06 AM
    The 9ers doesn't make sense, why would they hit on an expensive old QB when they already have a good young one? I guess it's true what they say, the Harbaugh wants what the Harbaugh wants...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
    Elway to Manning, " I wish I know how to quit you"
  • by Juan on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:46 PM
    They remind me of Broke Back Mountain Dudes!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:17 PM
    $ 90. mill !! Crazy Money !! i'd rather they suck with Tebow, and draft a QB
    • reply
      by The Coach on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM in reply to
      It's not just about football. They estimate Manning added over $200M to the value of the Colts during his tenure.
  • by D Location: CS on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    I say one hit and he will be done. Did you see the grimace on his face just throwing the football. I am sorry Mr. Manning, everyone hates getting old. Stay with what you have and do the right ting for your family and the league. No one wants to see you in a wheelchair like Christopher Reeves. Think about it???
  • by Kit Location: Co on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:08 PM
    I just read on aol that the powers that be in Denver offered $60 million for 5 years....
    • reply
      by Cindy on Mar 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM in reply to Kit
      Denver offered Manning $90 million not $60 million. That is simply ridiculous for an aging player with a severe neck issue. Tebow will improve. Did he get them to the playoffs in his rookie season?
      • reply
        by jaime on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM in reply to Cindy
        It was his second year in the league and he went along for the ride. The defense and special teams performed those miracles.
  • by BroncosFan on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    [yawn] This quarterback thing sure is lame. I'll check back at the start of the 2013 season to see if the Broncos have figured out what they want.
  • by Eddie on Mar 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM
    Looking to Trade a QB with a 72 rating (28th), 46% pass completion(34th, last in the league), 124yrds/gm (34th, last again). 8-6 career record including 2 wins against teams with a record above .500. Can take your team to the playoffs with an 8-8 record (including 3 consecutive losses to clinch a spot). oh, and hes a nice guy.
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