Indianapolis. But it’s not what you might think.
Peyton Manning, looking for work after his release by the Indianapolis Colts last week, met with Miami Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and other team officials Monday in Indy, according to the Miami Herald.
Manning also intends to meet with Tennessee Titans Coach Mike Munchak, who was a teammate of Manning’s father, Archie, on the Houston Oilers in the 1980s. In addition, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen/Adam Schefter report that the Titans are recruiting guard Steve Hutchinson, a Manning friend, as well.These interviews come after an intense weekend in which he visited the Denver Broncos on Friday and the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Meetings with Manning, according to reports, are football-centric. The former Colts quarterback, recovering from neck surgery, was not believed to be throwing for any of the teams he visited, but he found time to fling it to his former Colts teammate Brandon Stokley, during his stay in Colorado.
“I'll put whatever reputation I have on the line behind that guy right now,” Stokley told the Denver Post’s Mike Klis. “He looks great.”
Manning stayed overnight at Stokley’s house and got in a workout with him, throwing about 50 passes his way. Manning also has been working out at Duke as his triceps nerve regenerates and his arm strength increases.
“I saw him for three days at Duke and he was the only quarterback [throwing to four or five receivers],” Stokley said, “and he threw a ton of balls for three straight practices and the guy looked to me like he did when I was there [at the Colts] six years ago.”
According to Stokley, there’s no reason for any team to be concerned about not having seen Manning throw. “People who say, ‘The Broncos are crazy for not watching his balls fly,’ or ‘What are they doing?’ — those people are dead wrong,” Stokley said.
There’s one certainty with Manning at the moment: he will not be signed to a deal before free agency opens at 4 p.m. EDT.
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