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Titans bring Manning to Tennessee

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The Tennessee Titans will attempt to bring Peyton Manning home to Tennessee by, well, bringing him home to Tennessee.

Despite initial reports that Manning would meet with Titans coaches in Indianapolis, the Associated Press reports that Peyton was picked up in North Carolina, where he has been rehabbing his neck/arm, and brought to Nashville to meet at the team’s facility.

Specifically, coach Mike Munchak, G.M. Ruston Wesbter, and team president Mike Reinfeldt made the trip to Raleigh to fetch Manning.  The question now becomes whether they’ll let him leave.

He has visited three teams:  the Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans.  One other team, the Dolphins, visiting Manning in Indianapolis.

No timetable has been set for a decision.  By Friday at 4:00 p.m. ET, the Cardinals must decide whether to cut or trade quarterback Kevin Kolb — or to keep him and owe him another $7 million.  The Dolphins also are risking that a potential Plan B, Matt Flynn, will sign with another team.

Manning attended the University of Tennessee.  The Titans play in the AFC South, which means that Peyton would face the Colts twice in 2012.  If he returns to Tennessee to continue his career, at least he won’t look like a giant circus peanut when in uniform.

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40 Responses to “Titans bring Manning to Tennessee”
  1. Ian says: Mar 14, 2012 5:33 PM

    According to the ESPN report, he’s open to throwing when teams are serious. And some teams have seen enough to not need.

  2. neko02011980 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:34 PM

    Not happening

  3. rc33 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:35 PM

    Don’t understand. He looks like a giant circus peanut every time he removes his helmet?

  4. bobloblaw says: Mar 14, 2012 5:35 PM

    you almost got me with that headline

  5. doggz109 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:36 PM

    Come on Peyton get outta there.

    Denver > Nashville.

  6. tennesseeoilers says: Mar 14, 2012 5:36 PM

    104.5 in Nashville is reporting that it’s done, the deal was agreed to last night, Peyton’s coming. Sports talk’s Clay Travis said he got a call this afternoon from “a close associate of Peyton ….” The managing partner in the training facility in Cool Springs? And I’m reminded, there is a lot of family around the area, Eli’s wife is from there, and Peyton’s wife is from Memphis.

  7. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 14, 2012 5:38 PM

    Finally some speculation. All of this real factual news of signings are getting old.

  8. bosoulja82 says: Mar 14, 2012 5:38 PM

    When I read the title, I thought he had signed

  9. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 5:39 PM

    I just have this funny feeling that while things may have gotten a little ugly at the end, Manning still loves the Colts and would like to avoid having to play them twice a year.

    Particularly when the Colts are down and there is the potential for him to embarrass them.

    Don’t really have many facts to go along with that feeling, just an impression that I get.

  10. thetooloftools says: Mar 14, 2012 5:39 PM

    Is the dog riding the pony or the pony riding the dog now? Payton is the best stripper on the pole since Brett.

  11. shiftyshellshocked says: Mar 14, 2012 5:39 PM

    Oh but if Chilly picks up Favre at the airport you guys run right up his a$$.

  12. mrhashplant says: Mar 14, 2012 5:39 PM

    The plane is In Taylor swift’s hanger..nice touch TITans. Haha

  13. vegasbronco says: Mar 14, 2012 5:49 PM

    IMO this is certesy call because Titans do not have the cap space. $8m

  14. erfoster says: Mar 14, 2012 5:49 PM

    titan O-line only gave up 24 sacks last year. tied for #2 in the league. the more this plays out…the more i think he goes to nashville.

  15. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 5:52 PM

    If the Titans open the checkbook real wide, Pay-me-a-ton will sign. I prefer it to be the Cards, but someone please sign him without seeing 1 live pass…I don’t think it’s happened before.

    @thetooloftools – Great line bro!

  16. jsrdc says: Mar 14, 2012 5:52 PM

    Not a surprise given he is a Tennessee guy. It makes a lot of sense, and he gets to face his old team twice a year to boot. So much for Locker getting a chance to start this year, and Hasselbeck, smell ya later.

  17. guvsta says: Mar 14, 2012 5:53 PM

    Fair enough, Manning wants to pick his team carefully because it will be his last stop but I can’t be the only one who is getting fed up with this.

    Just sign somewhere!!!

  18. WestCoastVet says: Mar 14, 2012 5:54 PM

    @mrhashplant don’t be disrespecting the hottest woman on the face of the earth! =(

  19. grikes says: Mar 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    Lots of hate around here for the Titans lately. Underrated pass protection. Underrated receiving corps. Ownership willing to bend over backwards and a capable backup – something the Colts never had. Connections to the coaches and administrative staff. Wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him in Nashville for the next couple of years.

  20. waccoforflacco says: Mar 14, 2012 5:56 PM

    While this is great for bringing FALSE HOPE to the fans when they sign a free agent….usually these guys are free agents because of health concerns….getting up in age….getting paid for PAST performance …and to get that ONE last pay day. Typically they rarely are worth the money they get.

    Dan Snyder ALWAYS spends big because he has to give the 95,000 suckers that show up the March superbowl trophy…then they play like crap in September.

  21. bostonbman says: Mar 14, 2012 5:59 PM

    GO play for the Argonauts or something. This is getting silly.

  22. touchdownbroncos says: Mar 14, 2012 5:59 PM

    Nope. Sorry suckas – he’s coming to the Mile High city to win some championships with Elway.

  23. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 14, 2012 6:03 PM

    At least he would be closer to Kenny. That could swing the deal right there.

    But I doubt it. Manning is just not liking the offers and needs to fish some more so he can up the ante when he goes back to Irsay and they complete their devious plot to use the league to set his new reduced price and retire a Colt.

  24. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    @grikes;

    What are you talking about? Nothing in the article or a single one of the 19 and counting posts says anything negative about the Titans.

    Could you please cite some specific examples of all of this hate?

  25. arizonahusker says: Mar 14, 2012 6:04 PM

    Who is he throwing to in Nashville? Taylor Swift? Carrie Underwood?

  26. guestsinger says: Mar 14, 2012 6:06 PM

    realitypolice says:

    I just have this funny feeling that while things may have gotten a little ugly at the end, Manning still loves the Colts and would like to avoid having to play them twice a year.

    Particularly when the Colts are down and there is the potential for him to embarrass them.

    __________________________________________________

    I don’t know how a blubbering hug fest is and ugly parting. Besides, maybe Irsay wants him in the AFC South for at least one year in order to ensure one more high pick as they build a monster team.

  27. baily67 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:06 PM

    Titans have the cap space. The $8 million is from last year that carried over. they have about $30 million in cap space. if they don’t land Peyton, it’s not about the money.

  28. massappeal12345 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:10 PM

    He’s just in to look over the roster first. Just to see who he might want cut, before he gets there.

    But the temptation to play a very bad Indy team twice a year will be hard to resist.

  29. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Mar 14, 2012 6:11 PM

    This just in – As a part of a possible deal with Peyton, and to sweeten the pot, the Titans have also offered to attempt to hire Matt Millen as his quarterback coach. Peyton was last seen salivating over that possibility.

  30. propertyofthebroncos says: Mar 14, 2012 6:13 PM

    @westcoastvet….hottest woman on the face of the earth? how can you even get past her freakish face? yuck….
    Manning needs to come help my Broncos get rid of Tebow or at least bench him until he understands what a qb is supposed to do.

  31. artiesliver says: Mar 14, 2012 6:16 PM

    There’s a report floating around on Twitter about a surprise team that jumped in to the bidding today and blew away any offer and just locked up the deal to sign Manning and announce it within the next hour. This is from some anonymous team exec claiming that Manning is going to the Baltimore Ravens! Wow! Going to the city where the Colts were born.

  32. jgava19 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:19 PM

    Not happening!!

  33. dunne1desade says: Mar 14, 2012 6:21 PM

    Peyton Manning Update: Broncos Reportedly Far Along In Contract Talks

    Mar 14 3:01p by Russ Oates

    Read More: Peyton Manning (QB – IND), Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos

    While there is still no decision from Peyton Manning on which team he will join, are the Denver Broncos the team in the best position to sign him? Mile High Sports’ Brandon Spano can’t definitively say that, but he apparently has confirmed that the Broncos are in deep contract talks with the quarterback:

    Brandon Spano Show @BrandonSpano

    Just got confirmation that the Broncos are still in contract talks with Peyton Manning’s camp today and are much further along.

  34. joerevs300 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:27 PM

    Best way to drive traffic to your site: Someone Twitters that headline to this article.

    “Titans bring Manning to Tennessee”.

    Am I the only one who read that headline and thought the Titans had signed him? I was like “Wow, since when did Tennessee have a Brinks truck to back up and pay the man?”

    I still think Denver ultimately signs him. And praise GOD…no more Tim Tebow 24/7 mindless chatter.

  35. musicman495 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:28 PM

    Who is he throwing to in Nashville? Taylor Swift? Carrie Underwood?
    ——————————–
    He is old school. Dolly Parton.

  36. ramitbaby says: Mar 14, 2012 6:29 PM

    Has anyone told Manning that the Titans’ receivers suck?

  37. havok28 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:35 PM

    Looking good for the Titans to sign Manning. Its down to 2/3 teams… Sorry dolphins fans but your out of it. If Manning was will to go to the other three teams facilities and not your you can pretty much kiss your chances goodbye.

  38. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 6:39 PM

    guestsinger says:
    Mar 14, 2012 6:06 PM

    I don’t know how a blubbering hug fest is and ugly parting. Besides, maybe Irsay wants him in the AFC South for at least one year in order to ensure one more high pick as they build a monster team.
    ==============

    I suppose if you get all of your information from farewell press conferences, you wouldn’t get the impression there was some ugliness in the weeks leading up to his release.

    If you had paid a little more attention than that, you would have been aware of the public relations battle between Manning’s camp and Irsay, with one side saying one thing about his health and the other side disputing it.

  39. 730boy says: Mar 14, 2012 6:48 PM

    our receivers suck? kenny britt got hurt last year he is a freak of an athlete with his size and speed, he was leading the afc in receiving yards in week 3 before he got hurt and missed the rest of the season. Nate washington isnt a bad #2 receiver and we have a great young TE. Learn your football before you start throwing stuff around

  40. chefjayson says: Mar 14, 2012 6:53 PM

    Fishing for a story much? Its been only a few DAYS since he was released. Let’s stop acting like this has been going on for longer than that. He’s not gonna rush this. 2 reasons. 1…teams will wait as long as possible for him. 2…its kind of a big deal…since it will more than likely be where he retires. So whatdya say we give the guy more than 72 hours? Hmm?
    To the topic at hand…this story is complete fabrication. Clearly a courtesy stop as he has roots there. I don’t understand “home to Tennessee” tho…as he’s from New Orleans and aside from his college dorm…its not his “home.” Also…aside from what the talking heads tried to make his divorce from the Colts seem like…it was not bad. He has no reason to lose the Colts fan respect of him by playing in their division.

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