The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Manning on Sunday completed an exhaustive three-day road trip in which he is known to have visited with the Broncos and Cardinals, the two teams that sources believe have emerged as the favorites for the QB. Despite those sources' contention about the Broncos and Cardinals as favorites, Manning has not engaged either in contract negotiations or selected his next team and may not be prepared to make that decision by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the new league year begins for other free agents.
Diehards Line:Manning has no firm visits planned with other teams but could talk independently with other coaches, such as Joe Philbin of the Miami Dolphins, sources told ESPN. However, after two physically and emotionally draining weeks that included extensive workouts, and his break-up with the Colts on Wednesday, Manning was anxious to get some rest and return to his rehab and throwing regimen. He also is due for his monthly medical exam related to his neck surgeries though he has had no setbacks. Meanwhile, Titans owner Bud Adams announced his intention to pursue Manning. The Seahawks and Chiefs have failed in their attempts to get Manning to visit their facilities and are no longer considered contenders. One non-Broncos source who spoke to Manning before he departed Denver told ESPN he believed the Broncos had gained an advantage during their meeting. However, the Cardinals felt similarly encouraged by their meeting. ... So again. Stay tuned. More to come.