It is still uncertain what the future holds for Peyton Manning, but one thing is for sure, there are plenty of NFL teams out there willing to do whatever it takes to bring him on their squad. The Manning tour has had stops at Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins, and although he has yet to choose where he might finish his career, he has not eliminated any of the previous team with which he has already met. So far, the meeting with the Titans seems to have been the longest yet, and the organization as a whole is really keeping their hopes high that they could land the phenomenal quarterback. Titans coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt landed Wednesday afternoon at Nashville International Airport to pick up Manning and get going with the negotiations.
Several team officials apparently meet with Peyton Manning during the course of the meeting including the team’s chief doctor Burton Elrod, who spent about and hour and a half inside the team’s facility. This is all based on conjectures and well informed guesses, as the parties involved have been very zealous and secretive about the details of the negotiation. The offensive line coach, Bruce Matthews was also seen leaving the premises little after the doctor left the building. Even the Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam, took a little time apart to call Peyton Manning and welcome him back to the city. In total, it seems that Manning spent over six and a half hours inside the team’s main offices and when he came out, some 50 fans were still gathered outside showing their support for the quarterback.
There was no real official comments made by the organization, but the team owner Bud Adams said he thinks Manning was very pleased with what he saw from the Titans. “He’s going to make his mind up fairly soon; hopefully, we’d be in the running,” he said. On a previous press conference, he had been recorded saying that he was willing to do whatever it takes to get Peyton Manning in a Tennessee Titans uniforms and considering the room he has in the salary cap, one could assume that the Titans could, in the long run, be a fairly good option for Manning. Adams went on to offer Manning a deal for life. He was careful enough to make sure that Manning understood that he would have his professional career secured if he opted to stay with the Titans. That is, not only as a player, but if in the future, once he retires, he wishes to stay active as a coach, or a consultant, or even a management position, that he would have a spot with the team.
According to one report we had access to, Some teams that have reviewed his medical records and observed extensive video of recent throwing sessions appear. Considering how often he has been reaches out by the hiring staff, it seems that the teams are satisfied with his physical status, both in neck stability and arm strength. It seems as if the teams are not going to require Peyton Manning to work out. However, Manning has no hesitation about putting his throwing skills on display for the teams he considers to be a serious option.