Chase For Peyton Continues – Day No. 5

That Peyton Manning is one busy fellow and he’s racking up a bunch of frequent flier miles in the process. In just the last six days he’s flown from:

Miami … to Indianapolis … backup to Miami … off to Stillwater, Oklahoma and then Denver … from there to Phoenix … out of the desert on Sunday night to Miami … from south Florida … to Indianapolis.

Amazingly, even though he’s been living in Miami this off-season, and the Dolphins coaches are obviously in the city prepping for the season and NFL Draft, Manning decided to meet with Joe Philbin and other Dolphins folks in Indianapolis on Monday as the Chase for Peyton reached Day No. 5.

This meeting apparently went from five to six hours and was obviously dedicated to football talk. Manning had no need to see the Dolphins facilities because the Colts actually used their offices and fields for their two recent Super Bowl appearances that were both in south Florida.

In what is an ever-changing tableau, Manning reportedly has one more meeting scheduled. That will be with the Tennessee Titans and head coach Mike Munchack.

No hint in any fashion that the Chiefs have gotten Manning to reconsider his snub of their interest in him. Same goes for Seattle, another team that couldn’t get to the table with No. 18 in this process.

Here’s what else was new from the Chase for Peyton:

The Denver Post reported on Monday that the Houston Texans had made a call to the Manning camp in the last few days. The Houston Chronicle reported back a few hours later that the Texans made no such call.

Insert inside-media information here – The Houston report of no phone call came from John McClain of the Chronicle. When it comes to the Texans, they pretty much ask McClain what they should release before they do so. He’s very tied in with owner Bob McNair and the folks running the football operation. If they told him they didn’t call, and he wrote it publicly, then they didn’t call. They would not leave McClain hanging out to dry with a falsehood.

– Up in Denver, former NFL receiver Brandon Stokley revealed on Monday that he and Manning had a short throwing session in a Denver park last Saturday morning. Stokley is a good friend of Manning, played with him in Indianapolis and was at Duke University a couple weeks ago when Manning held some extensive throwing sessions.

“I saw him for three days at Duke and he was the only quarterback (throwing to four or five receivers) and he threw a ton of balls for three straight practices and the guy looked to me like he did when I was there six years ago,” Stokley told the Post. “He threw on Saturday here on a little field and maybe because he had some rest, I think he looked better than he had last week.”
– Denver media is also reporting that contract talks have begun between Broncos and Manning’s agent Tom Condon.

15 Responses to “Chase For Peyton Continues – Day No. 5”

  • March 13, 2012  - Tracy Leonard says:

    “-Denver media is also reporting that contract talks have begun between Broncos and Manning’s agent Tom Condon.”


  • March 13, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    This just in… Kansas City staff observed watching Len Dawson throw to Gloster Richardson in a park in Kansas City. No word on contract talks at this point. When asked by reporters about the incident Chiefs officials took the reporters into custody and confiscated their cell phones and cameras. The reporters were released after hours of interrogation and New Chiefs indoctrination. The reporters came away convinced there was nothing to report and that the Chiefs are headed in the right direction.

  • March 13, 2012  - txchief says:

    How did Lenny’s throws look? He might worth signing!

  • March 13, 2012  - R W says:

    ‘He’s got a ticket to ride and he don’t care’…a little uneven takeoff on the old Beatles tune which seems appropriate for the Peyton watch that CONTINUES. At least the Chiefs and ‘Hawks know where they stand and can focus on other areas of need than continuing to pine over what might be.

    I’m at the point of disinterest in this entire scenario, much like the overblown, over covered ‘Favre watches’ the past few years. I’m now hoping Denver does get Manning, overpay him a ton of cash and mortgage their future for a fragile QB who might not last a season. Demented thinking? Yes, but jilted lovers always have the revenge card to play.

  • March 13, 2012  - Scott Custer says:

    It looks to me that with the personnel and cash that the Chiefs have in place, we’d be a no-brainer location for Peyton to consider. I think the angle that there is negative feedback about the Chiefs organization throughout the league and specifically through the Condon clientele makes sense. I can’t think of any other good reason not to get a sniff here. This is very disappointing.

  • March 13, 2012  - Mike Septon says:

    A healthy Peyton Manning in our division is not something I’d look forward to.

  • March 13, 2012  - Rich Davis says:

    Sign Carr. Upgrade NT. Find another impact pass rushing LB. Oh yeah, upgrade offense.

    The Chiefs must take a giant step forward this off-season. If we are going to war with Cassel, he better be surrounded by superior talent.

    Pioli is on the clock.

  • March 13, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I’m ready like the many of you to move on from Manning. I don’t know why he would at least not visit here. Everyone can draw their own conclusions. Winston, one of the top right tackles, was released by Houston. We should definitely pursue him. Solia, the NT from Miami, has also been released. We should also pursue him. I don’t think Carr is an option anymore as much as I would like to see him resigned. You just can’t keep every player. We’ve done a pretty good job of not losing any top free agents. Carr is the first. If we sign either one or both of the free agents, we will know where we need to go in the early rounds of the draft-NT,, RT, DE, RB.

  • March 13, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I just saw the updated cap numbers. The Chiefs are down form 63MM to 22MM. Thats quite a drop. They said bonuses and the franchising of Bowe and signing Routt and others reduced by about 41MM. The Broncos have 43MM. I bet the Broncos can offer more to Manning than any team.

  • March 13, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    Just the chance that Manning might go to Denver would make me resign Carr. We may need all the defense we can get. Of course, having to pay Manning and Tebow might strain a budget to the point of getting very little more in FA. {Please, nobody suggest that if Denver releases Tebow that the Chiefs go get him. Please don’t.}

  • March 13, 2012  - Niblick says:

    John-I don’t think we are going to resign Carr. I think we will use our available cap space for other free agents, like some I mentioned above. I too hope that if the Broncos sign Manning they will much less cap space available for other positions. We are still in good shape on cap If anybody suggests in a serous mannespace, just not near the top like a few weeks ago.

  • March 13, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I messed up the post above. I was trying to say we are still in good shape on cap space, just not near the top like a few weeks ago.

  • March 13, 2012  - el cid says:

    I am betting the Chiefs sign one “name” free agent, no idea who. The rest, if there are more, will be level 3 backups. Then i can read how smart the Chiefs are keeping the extra money in the bank.

  • March 13, 2012  - johnfromwichita says:

    A couple of comments on Arrowhead Pride I thought were funny, or sad really, were “just roll over cap money to next year. Than you have 80 million to ignore” and ” If Clark gets lucky maybe MSL let him roll money to his soccer team”. Lamar!?! Really!?!.

  • March 13, 2012  - Bill Hubbard says:

    The Bronco’s will not keep Tebow if they sing Manning. Manning will be booed every time he walks on the field by the Tebow fans.

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