As the Titans plot their run at Peyton Manning, why not enlist one of the guys who once went to Mississippi for the purposes of hog-tying Brett Favre and bringing him back to Minnesota?
ESPN’s Scheftersen tag team reports that the Titans plan to host Steve Hutchinson. And it’s apparently part of the Peyton pursuit, given that Hutchinson and Manning have a good relationship, which arose during their time together at various Pro Bowls over the years.
The Vikings released Hutchinson, a perennial Pro Bowl guard, on Saturday.
Schefter, who presumably would be the Billy Whitewolf to Mort’s Chief Jay Strongbow, individually reports that the Titans had planned to target Texans defensive end Mario Williams in free agency, but that the Titans have now shifted the focus to Peyton.
They also report that Titans coach Mike Munchak and several offensive assistants will meet with Peyton in Indianapolis on Tuesday or Wednesday. Munchak played with Archie Manning in Houston 30 years ago, during the 1982 and 1983 seasons.
The Titans joined the Peyton chase late, with owner Bud Adams making it known on Sunday that he wants to bring Manning home to Tennessee, where he attended college.
Manning has met so far with the Broncos, Cardinals, and Dolphins. The Denver Post reported on Monday that the 49ers and Texans also are interested, but there is no evidence yet that either team has made an effort to meet with Manning.