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Peyton Manning will work out for John Elway today

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Moments after we noted that the Broncos’ plane is on the way to North Carolina, where Peyton Manning has been working out, we know why: John Elway will be there in person to watch one of Manning’s workouts.

From the beginning, it has seemed like a necessity that whatever team wanted to sign Manning would have to watch him throw first: After all, how can a team tie its future to a quarterback without making sure he can actually throw a football effectively? Surprisingly, several reports have said that multiple teams were willing to give Manning a contract without making him throw first.

But the Broncos apparently won’t be in that position. Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Elway and other Broncos officials will land at the Raleigh-Durham Airport at 1:20 p.m. today, and ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Manning will work out for the Broncos at Duke University’s indoor facility.

That doesn’t mean the Broncos are going to land Manning. In fact, according to Mortensen, the Titans are still in the mix. But this is the strongest sign yet of progress between the Broncos and this year’s most sought-after free agent.

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  1. 4ever19 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:18 AM

    Maybe John will run pass patterns for Peyton.

  2. whatnojets says: Mar 16, 2012 10:19 AM

    What does Elway know about being a quaterback??

  3. chiadam says: Mar 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    John Elway stole my teeth!

    – a horse

  4. hippieway says: Mar 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    As a Titans fan I really hope that Elway snags Manning as I don’t see Manning being in Tennessee’s best long term interest

  5. MrDraft2012 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:20 AM

    Teeeeebbbooowwwww uhhhhhhhh ohhhhhhhh!!!

  6. illinininer says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 AM

    He wants to play in Denver. He’s only using the Titans to get the best contract he can.

  7. Philadelphia says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 AM

    PFT- I just would like to give you ALL props for being the BEST Free Agent Tracker (and Football) website as a whole for news, you give it to us non-stop, I hear radio stations (and ESPN) says they are “Breaking News” and I already heard it here first!!! Even though the Peyton Manning hunt is tiresome, you still have to give us every detail and you do it in a professional manner, at the same time, you even look like you are tired of it, but you still deliver it!!!

    Thanks PFT!!!

    Philly!!

  8. jacobslatter says: Mar 16, 2012 10:21 AM

    Tebowmania no more. In cases like this we say it is God’s will.

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:22 AM

    This Drama is becoming a bigger irritant than Favre’s comeback.

  10. mjbulls45 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:23 AM

    the re-vamped reggie mckenzie & carson palmer collabo raiders are coming for you peyton,

    i am warning you now

  11. righthereisay says: Mar 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    He’s going to Denver…they have a good defense. He has learned that there is only so much an offense can do…

  12. jackshine says: Mar 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    I want him to sign with Denver so ESPN explodes due to storyline impetus overload with His Holiness Timothy.

    It will be like a fembot looking at Austin Powers.

  13. cbs1971 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:25 AM

    (waving hand) bu-bye Tebow..nice knowing ya….

  14. nunpuncher says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    Is Tim Tebow the pilot of the plane?

  15. skoobyfl says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    It’s also the first sign of Tebow being replaced.

  16. bozosforall says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    Good. Now idiot Manning haters like mjkellie will finally have to STHU.

  17. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    Timmmaaayyy!!!!!!

  18. evilboy128 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    So either they get a QB that can only throw at 75% of what he used to or they keep the QB that can’t throw at all….decisions decisions

  19. rnazriel says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    Good team and immediately make them an immediate AFC champion contender. Would be glad to see him in the AFC West where he would a great fit.

  20. finsfan71 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM

    If any team would tie itself to a quarterback that doesn’t throw a football effectively, it’s the Denver Broncos.

  21. mjk8807 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    I wonder where Tebow will end up.

  22. bluepike says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    Not only will they get to see him throw, but, and in my mind more importantly, they’ll get a second “sit down” with him. It wouldn’t be a stretch to believe that the Broncos are already convinced that he can still throw – and that this is their “closing pitch”. It’s Elway who’s doing the real throwing.

  23. skito13 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    I hope he doesn’t need Favre to help him decide….

  24. jasonculhane says: Mar 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    They both have two good offensive lines. Arizona’s is crap. Receivers can be MADE into receivers and if you have time back their to throw unlike in Indianapolis it doesn’t matter if Jerry Rice is out there. I’m pretty sure this is what he’s thinking.

  25. bergencountyjc says: Mar 16, 2012 10:28 AM

    What does a colt become when he gets old? A BRONCO! I’m here all day folks…

  26. foxmulder33 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:28 AM

    i cant believe the big guy upstairs with the g on his sweatshirt is letting this happen to saint timothy

  27. puhleezho says: Mar 16, 2012 10:30 AM

    Looks to me like Peyton has decided and the broncos need to be sure he is worth the cash they are about to dump.

  28. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 16, 2012 10:31 AM

    R.I.P. Tebowmania.

    At least he gets to cry in the arms of Taylor Swift.

  29. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 16, 2012 10:32 AM

    I wonder if Taylor Swift will write a song about the Broncos breaking up with her boyfriend.

  30. 33rdasylum says: Mar 16, 2012 10:33 AM

    Da plane!

  31. rtookey says: Mar 16, 2012 10:34 AM

    Who ever said you needed to be able to throw a ball in denver???

  32. ohnothatguy says: Mar 16, 2012 10:34 AM

    If manning is still peyton manning would bronco fans really be that upset abt losing tim tebow?!?! Make him a fb or te then

  33. worldwidebleater says: Mar 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    Denver won a playoff game w/ Tim Tebow. Imagine what a healthy Manning could do with that team.

  34. RussianBreadMaker says: Mar 16, 2012 10:39 AM

    Please sign manning, I can’t handle another season of Tebowmania.

  35. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:43 AM

    Throwing indoors huh, why not throw outdoors in a little wind so they can see the velocity u have or haven’t got left, damaged goods qb, he’s done, is he throwing to stokley?

  36. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Mar 16, 2012 10:48 AM

    I’m hoping Tebow lands with his new team 3 days after Manning signs with the Broncos

  37. mnajb says: Mar 16, 2012 10:50 AM

    Imagine if the Broncos had an actual passer last year. Could have been special. They should line Tebow up behind Manning!

  38. jacksaysfu says: Mar 16, 2012 10:53 AM

    If Peyton ends up in Denver , Stephen Ross better head on a plane straight to Mississippi for Brett Favre . I know he’s old & can’t play QB to well anymore but at least Miami will get back in the headlines .

  39. dlw492 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:54 AM

    Crazy how #15 can win a playoff game for your franchise- yet you still want to replace him

  40. savocabol1 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    This literally means nothing. So what if he is watching him throw?

    If anything, this shows me Peyton is disinterested. I think it would mean more if Manning went to Denver to throw.

  41. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    It must really mean something that Manning has agreed to throw for the Donks, but no other team.

    If Manning is truly on the road back physically, I’d say that a year from now Donk fans will be saying “Tim who???”

  42. cozmokramertheassman says: Mar 16, 2012 11:06 AM

    dlw492 says: Mar 16, 2012 10:54 AM

    Crazy how #15 can win a playoff game for your franchise- yet you still want to replace him

    Crazy how #15 can win a playoff game for your franchise THEN go 9-26 with a 52 rating against one of the worst defenses in the league.

    Tebow sucks…Peyton to Denver!!!

  43. hdahs143 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:15 AM

    So it really has been about the money all along.

    And stringing teams along just for that purpose.

    So much for being a “good guy”

  44. yahmule says: Mar 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    Who can relate to Peyton Manning better than John Elway?

  45. johninthewest says: Mar 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    This just in..

    Tim Tebow was spotted lying behind the front landing gear of learjet jet at Centennial Airport this morning. A #15 jersey then was discovered 200 yards on the east runway. Tebow is now missing.

  46. crossbuckpass says: Mar 16, 2012 11:17 AM

    I really can’t believe Manning won’t at least pay a visit to KC. The Chiefs have as much or more to offer than Denver. What gives? I have a feeling he’s going to regret his decision if he ends up in Denver…especially after seeing Tamba Hali and Justin Houston twice a season.

    Maybe somebody needs to get Lenny Dawson to pick up the phone and give both Peyton & Archie a call.

  47. tatum064 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:18 AM

    rnazriel says:
    Mar 16, 2012 10:26 AM
    Good team and immediately make them an immediate AFC champion contender. Would be glad to see him in the AFC West where he would a great fit.

    =========================

    wrong on several counts.

    1. the predictability of Manning, means he’s far more suceptible to the pass rush, and further injury

    2. the Broncos dont remotely have receivers with the skill set of Dallas Clark (in his prime), Reggie Wayne (even now), or even Pierre Garcon.

    3. They have no running game and Fox’s offense is predicated upon that

    4. Peyton would likely call his own plays, but he’d be in a different situation adjusting to new linemen, depth drops, etc.

    the only factor is that the Raiders are on rebuild mode – the Chiefs have a fierce pass rush, and the Chargers can gun with anybody as long as they have Phillip Rivers, they still have Floyd, Gates, but they are NOT the same 05-09 club that dominated.

    Peyton Manning puts them in the mix, but not a division winner.

  48. annes22 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:37 AM

    Just work out, and get on with it. This is getting really “old” news after all this time. We don’t care anymore so move on.

  49. realitypolice says: Mar 16, 2012 11:40 AM

    @tatum64

    The Broncos were #1 in the NFL in rushing last year.

  50. azwildcats96 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:41 AM

    To the guy who obviously didn’t watch any NFL games last year: 1. Demaryius Thomas is a stud receiver and Dallas Clark would most likely be our first signing if we sign Manning. 2. The Broncos led the league in rushing most of the season. 3. Rivers always has a whiny little boy look on his face when he’s losing/choking.

  51. gotitan says: Mar 16, 2012 11:43 AM

    Does anyone really thing Tebow will allow this to happen, today of all days? 3.16?

  52. pigskin28 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:44 AM

    I don’t understand why Peyton is so enamored with the Broncos…really.

    Is he just looking for the easiest path to a division crown? Anuway you look at this the Chiefs has more offensive weapons and have had a more consistent D over the last couple years. Denvers D was great last year, but still just that one year.

    Am baffled.

  53. mullman7675 says: Mar 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    jacobslatter says:
    Mar 16, 2012 10:21 AM
    Tebowmania no more. In cases like this we say it is God’s will.
    _____________________________________________
    I love it. It’s the best explanation to any whining Tebow lover, perfect example of “God’s will”.

    Also, I don’t understand why people are upset that Peyton is visiting different teams. It’s called FREE AGENCY!! You are allowed to take your services to any team you want. Should he have taken the first offer, or try to see who else wants him? If you simpletons are unable to wrap your head around that, then I feel for you. Shake yourself people, you’re failure to grasp the situation is disconcerting, at best.

  54. jordanafoote says: Mar 16, 2012 11:45 AM

    Remember who we’re talking about here. Tebow is not an ego maniac. He might even relish the opportunity to learn behind a great qb like PM. I can’t imagine that the Broncos wouldn’t want a backup who has won a playoff game, especially with PMs neck, and the flexibility in the red zone that having Tebow and Manning on the field would provide.

    The only major issue I see is the crazy Tebow fanatics here in Denver who will call for him to come in as soon as Manning throws his first pick. But Manning is a far cry from Orton (he can actually get the ball into the endzone). I think the Broncos coaching staff and brass can handle that.

    In the end, the Bronco fans love Tebow for his passion/leadership, his impact on the community and most of all because he won! Rememer, tebowmania came because of Ortons inability to win in 2010 and the first 5 games of 2011. I think I can safe to say that even at 75% Kyle Orton is no Peyton Manning.

    Bring on Manning and keep Tebow.

  55. westclaims says: Mar 16, 2012 12:02 PM

    If it’s not AZ….bummer. But, if it’s Denver I like that. I would LOVE to see the religious freak get bumped out of there. If it’s TN, then the Cards could possibly pursue Hasselbeck. He could be had while keeping Kolb also. But if Hasselbeck was signed, Kolb could be traded to Cleveland.

  56. mullman7675 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    ….my failure to proofread my own posts is also disconcerting. My bad- I do understand the difference between “your” and “you’re” , I promise…

  57. glennalan16 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:20 PM

    I still don’t get why Manning is even considering Denver. Doesn’t he realize that John Fox is the coach there. Fox is a run first guy (1980’s football). That’s why Tebow actually worked there. Tebowball was right up Fox’s alley. Ball control offense and keep the defense off the field. Peyton should go to Arizona where he will be allowed to air it out 35-40 times a game.

  58. ranksarot says: Mar 16, 2012 12:23 PM

    I hope they keep Tebow even if they sign Manning. Then the question is How many games will Manning have to lose before they send Tebow back in to save the season?

  59. grninerfan says: Mar 16, 2012 12:24 PM

    Peyton manning will improve the Bronco’s offense but don’t forget Tom Brady carved up their defense twice. That was not Tim Tebow’s fault.

  60. sagatti says: Mar 16, 2012 12:29 PM

    If I hear one more “why not the chiefs?”…. Name the last time KC has won anything that MATTERED? Im sure Peyton was thinking the same thing… Go Broncos!

  61. bubbybrister2 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:49 PM

    Please replace Tebow on any day but today. If I have to hear another 3/16 argument, I don’t think I can take it.

  62. footballfundamentals says: Mar 16, 2012 1:21 PM

    It would be funny if john’s arm is stronger than Peyton’s..just sayin

  63. lanjoith says: Mar 16, 2012 1:28 PM

    The Chargers are 5-1 in the last 6 games vs. Manning and have intercepted him 15 times in those 6 games. They are also 2-0 against him in the playoffs. SD will role out the welcome mat should you decide to sign with Denver Mr. Manning.

  64. jjbadd says: Mar 16, 2012 1:31 PM

    Reports out of Tennessee is that owner Bud Adams offered Manning a “contract for life” and he also asked Manning to move in with him, and he promised Manning one of those bolo’s with the number 18 on it.. how can he not choose the Titans? A damn bolo?

  65. dlk81 says: Mar 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    If Denver signs Manning today it will be another thing link between Tebow and 3/16.

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