Peyton Manning, a four-time Most Valuable Player in search of a new job since being released by the Indianapolis Colts, jetted to Denver yesterday to meet with the Broncos, the Denver Post reported.
Manning, who left the Broncos’ facility after six hours, without speaking to reporters, is scheduled to visit the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified person in the National Football League. Manning wants to be committed to a team by March 13, the first day of free agency, the Post said.
Manning met yesterday with John Elway, executive vice president of football operations; head coach John Fox, General Manager Brian Xanders and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, the Post reported.
Manning, 35, was cut March 7 by the Colts, ending 14 years with the club that included a Super Bowl title. His release came on the day before the Colts owed him a $28 million bonus and $7.4 million salary for 2012. The quarterback missed the 2011 season after undergoing neck surgeries. His doctors have given him the go-ahead to begin throwing.
The Broncos already have quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who led the team to five fourth-quarter comeback victories in the regular season and an overtime triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
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