Peyton Manning isn’t finished talking to NFL teams about a job.
He’s going to interview with the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. He’ll meet with Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin and Titans Coach Mike Munchak in the next three days.
After his arrival in Denver and Arizona was greeted by scores of reporters and helicopters and everything but blimps, he is expected to meet with both coaches away from their team facilities, Mortensen reports.
The Titans interview comes after owner Bud Adams pushed for it over the weekend. “He is the man I want. Period,” Adams told the Tennessean. “And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”
Manning played at the University of Tennessee and Adams is ready to play that card.
“I hope to be one of the teams he looks at,” Adams said. “Since he went to school in Tennessee, I think Tennessee is where he should be. I think he could play for two or three years. I think he’s the guy that could come in and turn this around for us.
“That’s why I am so anxious to get him to come visit with us and I want him on my team. I could sit down with him and show him what [we’d be willing to pay]. If he would come [meet] with me he would be happy with what he’d get.”
As ESPN reported earlier in the day, Manning isn’t going to be able to stick to his earlier timetable and reach a decision on a new team by the time free agency opens at 4 p.m. EDT Tuesday.
Manning is doing this round of interviews without his agent and reportedly without throwing for teams. He’s focusing on how well he’ll fit with prospective coaches and schemes for the moment.
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