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Peyton takes charge of his search for a new team

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It’s hardly a surprise in light of his personality, but it’s worth mentioning.

When it comes to picking his next team, Peyton Manning is running the show.

Specifically, he’s dealing directly with teams, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. The thinking is that, once Peyton chooses a final suitor, agent Tom Condon will take over the negotiations.

But the parameters apparently have been set — as Mike Klis of the Denver Post recently reported, the new contract must be in the range of the five-year, $90 million deal that Manning signed in August with the Colts.  (La Canfora pegs the annual value in the range of $20 million annually.)

And despite reports that a decision is coming Monday or Tuesday, La Canfora writes that the teams haven’t been told that by Peyton.

The sense of financial risk apparently is subsiding, based on his recent workouts.  “I wouldn’t say he’s all the way back, but definitely he’s on the way back,” a source with “working knowledge of the process” (no, I don’t know what that means, either) told La Canfora.  “You could really see [how close he is] on some throws.  He’s getting there.”

He may be getting there on his arm strength, but by all appearances he’s not getting there on making a decision.  At this point, that’s all anyone wants.

Titans, Broncos, or 49ers.

Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.

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  1. mrbigass says: Mar 19, 2012 8:18 AM

    Peytonpalooza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. beckzhere says: Mar 19, 2012 8:20 AM

    Please don’t go to the 49ers!!! The NFC is tough enough as is.

  3. mac3333 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:20 AM

    “Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long”

    It’s called due diligence. You would think a former Attorney would get that. But then again he wouldn’t get his little witty quip in, eh?

  4. skoobyfl says: Mar 19, 2012 8:21 AM

    He’d actually win with the 49′ers supoorting cast, the others I’m not so sure about.

  5. dkrauss93 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:22 AM

    Brett Farve please shutup already. We know you like retiring and coming back and you want to be in the spotlight but just make everyone happy and shutup.

  6. crashdog says: Mar 19, 2012 8:23 AM

    Didn’t he originally say that he wanted to have this wrapped up before free agency began?

  7. beatrixkiddo27 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:24 AM

    I certainly don’t think he is taking too long. Since when does a player have to choose a team in a two week time span. Because the media and fans are tired of the coverage? Well quit reporting every breath that the man takes and you might find yourselves a little more tolerant of someone actually taking their time to figure out where they want to be for the end of their career. I love the double standard that the media plays into where teams and owners can cut a player whenever they want, regardless of where thAt leaves the player in terms of finding a new team etc. But a player who takes a little time to choose where they want to play is just seen as egomaniacal and selfish. Get over yourselves and just let it play out. And if a team doesn’t want to wait, they’re welcome to move on with whatever plans they wish.

  8. kwgator says: Mar 19, 2012 8:24 AM

    Peyton took charge last year as well. Signing a new contract, receiving a $20M bonus and not playing a single down

  9. kregaway says: Mar 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Not even comparable to favre, Peyton is not making a circus out of any of this.

  10. joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Somewhere is Louisiana, Favre is rolling his eyes.

  11. ffsniper says: Mar 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    He is probably trying to lobby some team to give up a 1st for Mike Wallace who is by far and away better than any of the receivers for these 3 teams.

  12. harness88 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    Its good to know that Payton is in charge of his own career.——}WTF? I would hope!

  13. thcnote says: Mar 19, 2012 8:26 AM

    Favre took 4 months Manning has taken 11 days.

  14. flyersgoalscoredby88 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:26 AM

    “Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.”

    That’s hysterical, even if it’s a completely different situation.

  15. dolphins4 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    And in 1 month Brett I mean Peyton will let us know where he will play next.

  16. sammythebull44 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    it’s your world Peyton, the GMs are just living in it

  17. snarkzilla says: Mar 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    Manning has an offer for a free daily stack of pancakes from Shoney’s for as long as he’s a Titan. He’s probably holding out for bacon too.

  18. slemmebo says: Mar 19, 2012 8:28 AM

    Payton = $ayton

  19. bdawk20 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:29 AM

    Take your time Peyton, you are NOT Favre. Manning never said the word retire and did not email pictures of his Eli to a female Colts employee.

  20. rculross7 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:30 AM

    This isn’t even close to the Favre situation. Manning hasn’t even been a free agent for two weeks yet. Favre retired and then unretired a bajillion times. It wasn’t Manning’s choice to be released. He is likely signing the last contract of his career. Any perception that he is dragging his feet has only been created by the relentless news stories about his every step.

  21. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:30 AM

    correction, Favre thinks he’s got at least 5 months and change to make a decision

  22. jeffesky says: Mar 19, 2012 8:31 AM

    Awesome…. hawks got flynn so let manning sit cause it only helps us. manning will be the end of smith for the niners and if manning goes to the niners it will be short lived. alex was two rookie fumbles away from going to the super bowl and the niners offer him back up money. he should be 5years at 50 ….. oh and what if niether manning or smith goes to the niners…welcome to the pit harblaber

  23. cardsfann1 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:33 AM

    I love the line about Favre. I remember hearing that Manning was going to sign an incentive based contract. What happened to that? Starting to lose some respect for his word like I already have for Brees…

  24. trooper586 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:35 AM

    Biggest Manning fan here and I think it’s a little rediculas to be waiting this long. He makes quality snap decisions in a split second….he shouldn’t need weeks for this one. C’mon Peyton!! I love ya, but lets get this show on the road!

  25. deadeye says: Mar 19, 2012 8:35 AM

    Five years and 90 million, it’s always about the money.

  26. chatham10 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:38 AM

    Good God make a decision. I still remember this great guy, qb etc has only won one Super Bowl which is the same number as Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer etc. I really thought he would wait on his decision till today because he will have the Sports world all to himself and as we know about most professional qb’s it is about them.

  27. yevrag3535 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:40 AM

    About time. Get it done already.

  28. tatatoothy says: Mar 19, 2012 8:41 AM

    Dark Horse prediction of the Century:

    Manning re-signs with Colts

    You heard it here first folks.

  29. clintonportisheadd says: Mar 19, 2012 8:41 AM

    If I was Alex Smith I would hope Manning signs with Denver. THEN go ahead and take the Miami offer-but not before calling the folks in San Fran and giving them a verbal one finger salute.

  30. straightcash844 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:42 AM

    Nice job posting probably the most badass picture of Peyton you could possibly find

  31. alonestartexan says: Mar 19, 2012 8:42 AM

    5 years and 90 million ? For a 36 year old QB that’s had multiple neck surgeries ?

    I kinda hope all 3 teams back off until he agrees to sign for half of that.

    20 Million a year would cripple the Titans for the next 5 years, I’m sure it would the 9ers (who will have to start re-signing their stars sooner or later) Same for Denver..

  32. randolph32 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:42 AM

    Thanks goodness we had the NCAA tourney to distract us from worrying about Payton this weekend….please, make a friggin’ decision and get off the front page!!!!

  33. Rex Grossman says: Mar 19, 2012 8:43 AM

    Peyton hasn’t done anything wrong or annoying. Free agency has been open for, like, a week now? Half of PFT’s hot 100 hasn’t signed yet. Peyton has been very professional and un-Favre this entire time. It’s the media that’s turning it into “too long of a process” by stalking the guy and jumping on every tiny detail that doesn’t have any real importance. Don’t blame Peyton for the fans and media having no life.

  34. yourblackdaddy says: Mar 19, 2012 8:43 AM

    Please. Make it. Stop. Please.

  35. 69finfan says: Mar 19, 2012 8:43 AM

    Does Archie approve of this?

  36. jersey73 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:43 AM

    Maybe Peyton is taking control because he is trying to protect his agent from a conflict of interest over Alex Smith???

  37. saints25 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:44 AM

    ROCKY TOP!!!!

  38. chuckyd317 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:45 AM

    Well see what Peyton cares about most soon… money or championships…

    Money= highest bidder
    Championships= 9′ers

  39. dc33sd says: Mar 19, 2012 8:46 AM

    Please don’t copare this to the Brett Favre saga….Not even close to the same situation!!

  40. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    He wants money more than a ring

  41. duanethomas says: Mar 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    Isn’t that how it works with all free agents? They visit, tour the facilities and meet with the coaches and then if its good the agent works the contract?

  42. dexterismyhero says: Mar 19, 2012 8:47 AM

    Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.
    ================================
    Leave the serial sexter out of it.

    Peyton has plenty of time too make up his mind. Prolly within the next week.

  43. dc33sd says: Mar 19, 2012 8:49 AM

    Sorry about the spelling (compare)

  44. fran021 says: Mar 19, 2012 8:49 AM

    Even God only took seven days to create the world.

  45. polegojim says: Mar 19, 2012 8:49 AM

    Bronco’s. Make the decision Peyton, it’s clear.

    You’ll flexibility and strong supporting pieces without the Titan gaffs and 49ers tight control.

  46. pappert says: Mar 19, 2012 8:50 AM

    I know everyone “wants” him to sign with somebody now , but if you were Peyton wouldnt you let the teams get into a bidding war then pick the team you have the best chance to win with.

    I mean it is a business regardless.
    So make your money first then get your W’s next to each weekly game.

    HIT THAT LIKE BUTTON..give me an AMEN

  47. bergencountyjc says: Mar 19, 2012 8:53 AM

    Considering the amount of money at stake, “how close he is on some throws” is not going to cut it in the NFL. He’s one awkward sack from forced retirement. I wonder what the guaranteed $ he’s looking for is.

  48. rnazriel says: Mar 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    PFT is rooting for you…..to take your time so they can milk this story.

  49. mightyleemoon says: Mar 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    “Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.”

    Free Agency started only six days ago. It only feels like it’s taking to long to you guys because you’re reporting on every little thing the guy does. If the guy sneezes, you report it.

    He’s currently deciding where to spend the rest of his career, which could be another 4 or 5 years. If he decides to take a week or two to visit teams and mull over a decision, that is not someone dragging their feet. That’s due diligence.

  50. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.
    ——–
    Holy cow. The guy can’t take more than a week on the biggest decision of his life since he picked what college to go to almost 20 years ago?

    For someone who is tired of the Manning Sweepstakes, you sure like to write about the guy.

  51. homelanddefense says: Mar 19, 2012 8:59 AM

    this is news? Im sure everyone knows that Peyton has been running the show the whole time.

  52. bartpkelly says: Mar 19, 2012 9:00 AM

    OMG, a Favre comment? And fans blame Favre for being a media seeker? YOU MEDIA keep putting his name in there for readers…and guess what…IT WORKS!
    LOL, I guess I’ll keep reading despite knowing better,

  53. medtxpack says: Mar 19, 2012 9:02 AM

    Nice Favre line, its so true.

  54. dirtybirds233 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:03 AM

    He’s for sure going to the 49ers. Why would Alex Smith all of the sudden decide to talk to other teams? Besides the visit, he doesn’t seem at all interested in Tennessee, and the 49ers are MUCH closer to a Super Bowl than the Broncos.

  55. rooneyruleblues says: Mar 19, 2012 9:03 AM

    No matter where this guy goes, I will take the over on a 15 int season.

  56. hail2skins says: Mar 19, 2012 9:04 AM

    Just pick a team and get on with it so we can quit hearing every 5 seconds what someone’s opinion is on where he “should” go. Peyton you are starting to act like my wife staring at a menu in a steakhouse.

  57. promickey says: Mar 19, 2012 9:05 AM

    Unless a team has plenty of Cap space entering into the fight for Peyton is not worth it. Teams like the Miami Dolphins should have been able to figure that out. The team suffers if the cap space is not already there. Peyton wants another Super Bowl and unless your close in personnel etc……..forget about him. He is orchestrating his opportunity the same way Lebron James did with the Miami Heat. I would guess SanFrancisco or Denver.

  58. mjkelly77 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:06 AM

    Peyton takes charge of his search for a new team.
    ___________________

    TRANSLATION:

    Swamp Boy looking to rip off the sucker willing to pay him the most guaranteed money.

  59. jasoncnz says: Mar 19, 2012 9:07 AM

    A big part of what makes Manning great is his attention to detail and thoroughness.

    The fact that he is meticulously interviewing each team and going over every possible scenario should not be a surprise to anyone.

    It’s just who the guy is. And it’s what makes him one of the best.

  60. hammerjacker says: Mar 19, 2012 9:07 AM

    Tired of hearing about it, just pick a team dude.

  61. 69finfan says: Mar 19, 2012 9:08 AM

    Guaranteed money of 60 mil

  62. eagleswin says: Mar 19, 2012 9:13 AM

    mightyleemoon says:Mar 19, 2012 8:55 AM

    “Even Brett Favre thinks this is taking too long.”

    Free Agency started only six days ago. It only feels like it’s taking to long to you guys because you’re reporting on every little thing the guy does. If the guy sneezes, you report it.

    —————————————–

    Manning was released 2 weeks ago, before FA started. The rumor then was that he’d pick a team before FA. That way his new team would be better able to get the players they wanted.

    The rumored split with the Colts has been around for months. He is not a surprise cut. If this was only about where he wanted to go it would be done. He’s had plenty of time. In my opinion, it’s all about who will pony up the most money. He will bleed some team dry while the media lauds him for “leaving money on the table”. If only Ebenezer Scrooge had his public relations staff.

    Reggie Wayne was smart to not wait for Manning before picking a team because the whole Manning world tour bonanza will only benefit one person, Peyton.

  63. yevrag3535 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:23 AM

    His daddy can’t make up his mind. He is still Peyton’s puppet master. The next non football decision he makes will be his first. On the field he is the best, but grow up. You are starting to be hated now and not admired anymore.

  64. tatatoothy says: Mar 19, 2012 9:27 AM

    Peyton’s time to make a decision where to play is nothing compared to Tiki’s…

  65. ytsejamer1 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:28 AM

    alonestartexan says:

    5 years and 90 million ? For a 36 year old QB that’s had multiple neck surgeries ?

    I kinda hope all 3 teams back off until he agrees to sign for half of that.
    ———————————————-

    I thought I was the only one who thought the same thing. Sure, these teams really want a polished QB and Manning certainly fits that bill…but come on…that’s a lot of dough for a 36 year old with four or five neck surgeries under his belt. Not a smart investment on the surface anyway…then again, think of all the jersey sales!

    The NFC is already stacked these days…but I am absolutely intrigued to see Peyton go to SF and throw to Randy Moss. Vernon Davis is a beast in his own right… That would be fun to watch.

    If he doesn’t choose SF, you know championships aren’t his first priority…Comfort, control, and money are. This decision will tell us a lot about him…if it’s ever made.

  66. Chip Caray's Eyebrows says: Mar 19, 2012 9:29 AM

    For the most part, the commentariat here is just breathtakingly stupid.

  67. bronco3 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    Just because Alex Smith has an agreement in place with Miami doesn’t mean Peyton has an agreement in place with San Fran. The man is being smart and covering himself. With the way these vultures are covering his every move, we would know it by now if Peyton was leaning one way or another.

  68. gpatrick15 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:32 AM

    Why does it matter that he wants to be properly compensated for his services AS WELL AS win a ring? Some of you guys are acting like Peyton’s decision is screwing up your life or something. Since this whole thing started Peyton has said virtually nothing. He’s not working around anyone’s schedule but his own, and that’s perfectly fine with me as it’s his life. He’s not waffling like Favre was notorious for. If he is healthy enough to play, then he would still be one of the 3 best QB’s in football. He should want to be compensated accordingly.

  69. jcjets says: Mar 19, 2012 9:34 AM

    taking too long? who are you kidding, you guys love it! He’s never been a free agent before, and we’re talking about the end of a HOF career..it is kind of big deal.

  70. infectorman says: Mar 19, 2012 9:35 AM

    ffsniper says: Mar 19, 2012 8:25 AM

    He is probably trying to lobby some team to give up a 1st for Mike Wallace who is by far and away better than any of the receivers for these 3 teams.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    First 9-10 games last year, I’d agree with you.
    Wallace all but disappeared in the latter part of the season.

    Have you watched Kenny Britt play?

  71. johanneschimpo says: Mar 19, 2012 9:36 AM

    Who cares

  72. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 19, 2012 9:36 AM

    bdawk20 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 8:29 AM
    Take your time Peyton, you are NOT Favre. Manning never said the word retire and did not email pictures of his Eli to a female Colts employee.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    No, but he did allegedly sit on the face of a trainer while at Tennessee while he was naked….

  73. gpatrick15 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:37 AM

    Free Agency has only been going on for what, 6 days? And you guys act like he’s dragging his feet because he’s exercising due diligence? There are a lot of factors involved in this process. He has every right to take his time.

  74. justafanofitall says: Mar 19, 2012 9:52 AM

    Some of you idiots really think Favre made the comment that Peyton is taking too long….give me a break. The media will do anything to get you guys riled up.

    Also, I remember the fans getting so outraged and accusing Favre of doing it for the money. What did he get for the last two years….$12 million a year. What is Peyton asking…$20 millions. Who is the guy playing for the money?

    Personnally I don’t think he is taking too long. It’s a job with a company….wants to make sure he’ll like the one he picks as well as his wife liking where she’ll live. Surprised they don’t have some of the wifes court Manning wife to insure she likes the area and what it offers. Wifes have an influence….wife not happy…hubby not happy.

  75. zampft says: Mar 19, 2012 10:09 AM

    the 49ers sucked in 2010, and in one year they were a pitching wedge away from the super bowl. That can happen this year to ANY of these teams Peyton is interested in.

  76. tatum064 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:09 AM

    Agent Hillis, your first mission, find the phone taps that Todd Haley talked about, then find the first down marker…

    failure is not an option…

  77. dan1434 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:13 AM

    He’s taking his time to recruit the receivers he wants…Denver makes perfect sense for that scenario to take place..cap room and roster spots..

  78. dnnsm30 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:24 AM

    Sorry Niners fans, Archie won’t let him play for an NFC team, he still has dreams of an all Manning Super Bowl, and Peyton will bow down to daddy.

  79. sixjak says: Mar 19, 2012 10:28 AM

    jeffesky says:
    Mar 19, 2012 8:31 AM
    Awesome…. hawks got flynn so let manning sit cause it only helps us. manning will be the end of smith for the niners and if manning goes to the niners it will be short lived. alex was two rookie fumbles away from going to the super bowl and the niners offer him back up money. he should be 5years at 50 ….. oh and what if niether manning or smith goes to the niners…welcome to the pit harblaber

    ____________________

    Dream on, Seabag. The 9ers never would have been in that situation had AS completed even 30% of his 3rd down passes. The game would have been a blowout. If the 9ers whiff on both meh, they have CK and Tolzein who both have better arms than AS and a lot more upside. AS is a game manager. They won a few close games because of him but they also lost 4 games last year because of him. Harbaugh made him a much better QB but he can’t work miracles. His red zone and 3rd down efficiency sucks. But you fun taking a dump in your pants when Manning signs with the 9ers.

  80. animalkindness says: Mar 19, 2012 10:37 AM

    And again I am going to ask? Why does everyone want him to sign so quickly? Does anything in your life depend on this? It is his timetable not yours. You guys act like you have a vested interest in what he does. Do any of you actually own any of the teams in question?

    Like somebody above said, let it play out for God’s sake. It will happen when it happens, who are any of you to decide he is taking too long?

  81. sylar1888 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:39 AM

    How much money do you need, bro?? You’re already beyond rich. Don’t you want to win another ring? Pretty weird logic for a guy who is all about priorities..

  82. jimbo75025 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:43 AM

    justafanofitall says:
    Mar 19, 2012 9:52 AM
    Some of you idiots really think Favre made the comment that Peyton is taking too long….give me a break. The media will do anything to get you guys riled up.

    Also, I remember the fans getting so outraged and accusing Favre of doing it for the money. What did he get for the last two years….$12 million a year. What is Peyton asking…$20 millions. Who is the guy playing for the money?

    ______________

    Much like the Favre drama, the Peyton drama is greatly media created. Why? Because it generates ratings/clicks.

    Big difference I see between the two situations, Favre did things because his heart told him to while Manning is using his head. Much like their respective playing styles actually. Favre deserved some of the backlash he got for the reversals, except for the last one where he said he was done and the Vikings sent his three or four best friends on the team to beg him (and lied about their whereabouts to the press). I really cannot blame Favre too much for that one when he was recruited/begged to give it one more go “for the boys” even after he said no mas.

  83. randygnyc says: Mar 19, 2012 10:44 AM

    Chucky317 said, “Well see what Peyton cares about most soon… money or championships…

    Money= highest bidder
    Championships= 9′ers”

    Or, he picks the titans or broncos and lives in an AIDS free zone, then lives to enjoy his money.

  84. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 19, 2012 10:52 AM

    Come on Pumpkin head, get it over with already, just do eeeny meeny miney mo to choose, the suspense ( i mean all these articles) are killing us.

  85. 1historian says: Mar 19, 2012 11:04 AM

    There are, I am certain , many reasons why pm is taking his time.

    I would venture that the single biggest reason is this: HE LOVES THE ATTENTION

  86. cali49er707 says: Mar 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    how bad does he want a ring ??? he can take little less allowing us to sign wallace and peyton or take all the dough and work with the weapons we got & still have a chance at a ring or think he can work miracles with the broncos & titans

    THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT PEYTON!!!

  87. hammerjacker says: Mar 19, 2012 11:20 AM

    And this 36 year old QB who has been out of football for well over a year and coming off three major surgeries isnt worth half of what he is apparently going to get paid. Sickening.

  88. pongonfl says: Mar 19, 2012 11:34 AM

    If Smith plays with the confidence and attitude against the Giants that he had the week before against the saints, this discussion is not happening, but that’s not what happened.

    If any of these teams are paying Payton 20 million a year for a long term contract that is insane.

  89. mobuccsfan says: Mar 19, 2012 11:42 AM

    You know as one commenter already stated…what a twist…He goes back and signs smaller, three-year contact with the Colts! Wouldn’t that be something.

  90. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Mar 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    Why delay the decision even more? What else can you learn in the next week that you don’t know already right now? Pick your team Peyton.

  91. bronco1st says: Mar 19, 2012 12:06 PM

    Go to the Broncos, they’re used to being the laughing stock of the NFL!

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