Although the Titans appeared on Thursday to be building momentum in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, there’s optimism coming out of Denver on Friday morning that Manning is heading to the Broncos.
Mike Klis writes in today’s Denver Post that all signs point to the Broncos and Titans as the final two, with the Cardinals likely resigning themselves to keeping Kevin Kolb and paying his bonus, and the Dolphins starting to turn their attention toward Matt Flynn.
And MileHighReport.com points out that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s plane is scheduled to fly to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Manning has been working out, this morning. That’s the same plane that Broncos front office boss John Elway and head coach John Fox have been flying around in to conduct their offseason business, and the same plane that picked up Manning for his visit to the Broncos’ facilities. Presumably, if Manning were about to join the Broncos, that’s the plane the team would provide Manning to bring him to Denver.
Albert Breer of NFL Network points out that Titans owner Bud Adams’ plane is still in Houston.
So to the extent that we can tell anything by tracking owners’ planes, we can say that Broncos fans have more reason for optimism right now than Titans fans do. And when the best updates we’re getting come from tracking owners’ planes, we can say that we hope Manning is ready to make his mind up already.