The Chase For Peyton – Days #3 & 4

The math is pretty simple at this point in the Peyton Chase.

On Saturday evening, free agent QB Peyton Manning ended a two-day visit to Denver with the Broncos. He was on another corporate jet and flew to Phoenix, where he spent the night and is meeting with the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. That’s Manning on the left with Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Photo by Arizona Republic. By the end of Sunday, he was set to be on a flight back to Miami, where he’s been spending the off-season.

If it’s true that Manning wants to have a decision made by Tuesday and the start of NFL free agency, then the equation is pretty simple:

One (Denver) + One (Arizona) + One (Miami) = the three teams that have a chance to sign Manning.

Other teams like the Chiefs, Seattle and San Francisco are on the outside looking in to the chase. Now, if the Tuesday deadline is not set in stone, other teams could factor in.

The folks in Arizona are keeping a low profile in the Peyton Chase. The Bidwill family owners, GM Rod Graves, head coach Ken Whisenhunt have kept their mouths shut. Not even the team’s No. 1 player, WR Larry Fitzgerald knew on Saturday what was going on.

“I haven’t heard anything about it,” Fitzgerald told Phoenix area media. “I’m picking everything off the ticker, on ESPN and the different sports affiliations in the country, just like you guys are.

“At this point, 12:08 on Saturday, I don’t know anything.”

Less than 24 hours later, Fitzgerald knew more as he was spotted walking into the team’s facility in Tempe Sunday morning, along with assistant coaches, front office types and then Whisenhunt with Manning. The Cardinals would not acknowledge that there was a meeting, or that Manning was there.

So what does Arizona have to offer? Fitzgerald is a good place to start; he’s in the discussion for the honor of being the best wide receiver in the league. The Cardinals play in a dome and on natural grass – that’s a double-double that only Houston can match and they are not involved in the Peyton Chase. Whisenhunt is highly respected around the league as a head coach with a 44-42 record.

Next on the list according to various reports are the Dolphins, who he’s expected to meet with on Monday and then make a decision.

That time table would leave the Chiefs out in the cold, unable to get even a visit to Kansas City from Manning. That’s a pretty good indication that Manning saw nothing with the Chiefs that was worthy of going beyond a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” type of situation.

20 Responses to “The Chase For Peyton – Days #3 & 4”

  • March 11, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    I think KC never had a chance because of how Pioli/Crennel were a big part of the Pats owning Manning all but one year of hiss career.

  • March 11, 2012  - Niblick says:

    I just hope he doesn’t pick Denver. I will hate them more than ever. It doesn’t seem like Elway will ever go away. I think he gave the Broncos an advantage over the Chiefs.

  • March 11, 2012  - el cid says:

    I agree but I have seen outside the area what fans think of the Chiefs, Manning has played them and “heard” about them. I would suggest he a very limited time to show his stuff, would you want to pin your star to Hunt/Pioli/Crennel, not me.

    cy, does show how different people look at things. If what you say about NE “owning” Colts and Manning not wanting to play here, consider what Pioli does when a team beats the Chiefs, grab up all their over the hill types the next off season.

  • March 11, 2012  - Mark VanCamp says:

    Bob, I have to disagree with you on this one. Peyton is already very familiar with KC, the town, the fans, the facilities … there really isn’t much he would need to see. Tom Condon and Scott Pioli have had a good working relationship for years and you have to know they have talked. I also believe that while Tom will not make the decision for Peyton, he will certainly have some serious input into it. It could be that the Clark has already talked to Peyton by phone, it could be that Scott has already laid out for Tom would could and couldn’t be possible with the Chiefs. It could be that all of these Peyton Manning Free Agent Tour stops are simply a dog and pony show. It could be that the decision has already been made. I guess I am just not ready to throw in the towel!

  • March 11, 2012  - el cid says:

    Mark, i like it. But if I was Manning, I would have to have a face to face with the management of any team I was considering. I would tell Condon, I like the Chiefs set a meeting or not interested. Imput from Condon is fine but Manning will be his own man and that bodes badly for the Chiefs. That said no news is good news in KC, we are still in the running, at least we can hope so.

  • March 11, 2012  - Tony Anno says:

    This is so sad for this city! It speaks volumes to how low the reputation of this once proud franchise has sunk. This is by far the best place for Manning to play! Except for: 1) a cheap owner who values his bank account more than life itself, and 2) the GM. You must conclude that Manning placed a call to two individuals he respects greatly, Brian Waters and Tom Brady, and they gave him the rundown on Hunt et al. Not even a Visit!! Now, Luck, RGII, and the QB from A&M will be gone by pick 4, Flynn will go to Miami, and we are left with Cassel/Orton. Our 2012 season will end this Tuesday! We have no chance in 2012, only the chance to swallow more excrement from the “new” Cheaps BS machine. I am VERY sorry that I have already written the check for season tickets!

    Depressed in T-town!

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    Who knows what is going to happen until it happens. We will see. I hope Pioli and Hunt have really been working hard behind the scenes to sign Manning. If Peyton goes elsewhere, matching the Saints offer to Drew Brees should be a prime consideration. Is it one or two first rounders to sign him? Brees seems pissed with the Saints organization for their apparent lowball offer, and he’s stated that he won’t sign a franchise tender. With all of the punishment that is on its’ way to NOLA, Brees probably has a better chance getting a second ring in KC than with the Saints anyway.

    I, and the entire Chiefs nation, will have some sort of awful fit if PM winds up in Donkeytown, so, the Chiefs organization better find a way to beat the crap out of the Donks twice a year for a very long time. And if the nightmare happens, signing Brees becomes extremely important. I’m expecting to see something highly competitive at Arrowhead on 2012. If I don’t, I (and many others) might not be back. Word up, Mr. Pioli.

  • March 11, 2012  - el cid says:

    tx,I love it. Brees is supposedly angry about the tag. Trade Cassel, Bowe, and Carr (go ahead and sign him) and our first for Breez and a 3rd. Only problem is doubt NO is that stupid, Pioli will end his support of Cassel, is Pioli capable of seeing the need or willing to make that big a move, and Hunt would spend the bucks it would take to satisfy Brees for a long term contract.

    To me a much better dream than Manning, but what do I know.

  • March 11, 2012  - Mark Blue says:

    After what went down last year, maybe Peyton doesn’t want to deal with a dysfunctional franchise in his last few years.

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    Oh well, it appears that the Saints have designated Brees as an “exclusive” franchise tag player. No other team can negotiate directly with him, although acquiring him through a trade (before or after) a holdout is a possibility. You never know, an offer of a future first rounder might get him if he refuses to go back to a punishment-hobbled New Orleans team. Despite the “bounty-gate” situation, the Saints are destined to lose several key players this year due to the number of free agents and their salary cap situation. They won’t be what they were for the past five or six years. NOLA is on the decline, and KC is on the way up as a franchise.

    I’d much rather see Orton back as the starter over Cassel. I’d only keep Cassel as a backup if he would renegotiate his contract substantially downward. Matt has never lived up to his salary or his expectations in KC. Otherwise, the Chiefs should just cut Perhaps Orton, with a better RT, Trent Richardson and a NT like Soliai from Miami might be a contender with a “Ground Chuck” offensive apoproach. However, a legitimate gunslinger at QB is what the Chiefs truly need to win a Superbowl(R).

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    …cut Cassel.

  • March 11, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    There sure are a lot of drunk posts for a Sunday afternoon. Must be the daylight savings hangover ;)

  • March 11, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    Well you’ve heard the old expression of: “if you want to be the best you have to beat the best”. So if Peyton ends up in Denver I will welcome it. If you want to know why, just go back to the first sentence.

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    “Drunk?!?” In the great words of Val Kilmer in Tombstone: “I have not yet begun to defile myself.”

  • March 11, 2012  - Craig says:

    Wow Bud Adams of the Titans just weighed in on Peyton Manning. He wants him bad. Actually, the Titans are a good fit and brings Peyton “home”. If we dont get him, I hope he goes there instead of Denver. Denver is a great place to live. But with the Titans you get revenge twice a year and an entire state for fan support. Go Chiefs. Go Titans and get Peyton if we cant!

  • March 11, 2012  - txchief says:

    I think Bud Adams is drunk.

  • March 11, 2012  - R W says:

    Who is Peyton Manning? If you’re still lapping up that Pioli/Jr.Hunt kool aid, THIS is your response….

  • March 11, 2012  - redandgold says:

    Some people want to believe that Hunt/Pioli made a play for PM but I promise you that the only play that they made was to save face and appear that they were interested as the whole world expected them to be. (Cassel is their guy people) I would not be surprised if PM has no interest in playing for Hunt/Pioli but I am also convinced that any offer they are willing to make is laughable to PM.

  • March 11, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I think redandgold is right on the mark (unfortunately). I didn’t think we would really see them go after Manning and have to pony up what it would take in money and concessions to sign him. Oh well, par for the course with this management group.

  • March 11, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Like I said above, I think Manning was humiliated by the Patriots so much that he doesn’t want to play for Pioli and Crennel.
    He’ll avoid Miami so NE doesn’t keep owning him.

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