Peyton Manning met with Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and other team personnel for almost six hours last night, ESPN reported, citing unidentified National Football League officials.
ESPN said the meeting took place in Indianapolis, where quarterback Manning played 14 seasons before being released by the Colts last week.
A four-time NFL Most Valuable Player, Manning is the top player available as the league’s free-agent signing period begins today at 4 p.m. New York time. Manning’s meeting with the Dolphins followed weekend visits with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.
Manning, 35, plans to visit the Tennessee Titans today or tomorrow, ESPN said. Titans coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard and former teammate of Manning’s father, Archie, will be among the team officials at the meeting, ESPN said.
Manning, who is recovering from neck-fusion surgery that sidelined him for the 2011 season, doesn’t appear to have a deadline to pick his next team, ESPN said.
Quarterback Matt Flynn, who spent the past four NFL seasons with the Green Bay Packers, is among the other top free agents and may be an option for the Dolphins if they fail to land Manning. Flynn worked in Green Bay under Philbin, who was the Packers’ offensive coordinator before joining Miami.
Unrestricted free agents can sign with teams beginning today through July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later. Teams have until 4 p.m. today to get under the league’s salary cap of $120.6 million.