New Titans General Manager Ruston Webster participated in a conference call with season-ticket holders today, and the subject of the fan campaign for Tennessee to acquire Peyton Manning was broached.
But only long enough for Webster to tell the fans that it’s not going to happen.
According to the Associated Press, Webster downplayed the idea that the Titans will acquire Manning or anyone else to start at quarterback in 2012. Webster can’t talk specifically about Manning because he’s under contract to the Colts, but he said the Titans are satisfied heading into the coming season with veteran Matt Hasselbeck and last year’s first-round pick, Jake Locker, as their top two quarterbacks.
The Titans have a lot of cap space and could afford to make a run at Manning if they wanted to, once Manning is released by the Colts. But less than a year after giving Hasselbeck a three-year, $20 million contract and selecting Locker with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft, the Titans are going to spend that cap space on other positions. Peyton won’t be heading home to Tennessee.