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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Peyton Manning works out for Titans and now it’s decision time


Manning and Elway, post-workout. (Travis Long / AP)
Peyton Manning completed the third leg of his workout trifecta today, showing the Tennessee Titans how the strength in his arm is returning as he recovers from neck surgery.

Manning worked out for the Denver Broncos on Friday and did a stealth workout for the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday. Both of those workouts took place at an indoor facility at Duke University. Manning worked out today at a Knoxville, Tenn., high school.

It appears that no further teams will emerge and that now all Manning has to do is decide where to play.

“This morning we traveled to Knoxville and had a workout with Peyton,” Titans General Manager Ruston Webster said in a statement released by the team. “I thought he looked comfortable throwing the ball and we had a good visit. This is another important step in the process.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice-president for football operations, said much the same thing in tweets Friday. “We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C. He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there. Watching him throw today was the next step in this important process for our team and Peyton. It was a productive visit and went well.”

Denver knows it will take at least $90 million to get a deal done and Tennessee owner Bud Adams has said he wants to make Manning, who played at the University of Tennessee, a Titan “for life.” Tennessee also might hold additional appeal because it plays the Colts twice a year.

The Niners are playing it closer to the vest. They may be a late-comer, at least publicly, but Manning’s former coach in Indianapolis loves them. “You put Peyton Manning in that offense,” Tony Dungy, now an NBC analyst, said, “and people are going to be scared to play them.”

Manning, released by the Colts on March 7, turns 36 next week. He has informed Arizona and Miami that he is no longer considering them.

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