Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning is visiting Friday with the Denver Broncos, a person familiar with the situation said.
Manning joined Broncos front office executive John Elway and other team officials Friday in Stillwater, Ok., where they were attending Oklahoma State’s pro day for NFL scouts, the person said. Manning was scheduled to return to Denver with the Broncos’ contingent Friday, the person said, adding that Manning will visit the Arizona Cardinals as part of this trip.
The Denver Post first reported Manning’s visit with the Broncos, who appear to be pushing hard to sign Manning, even with Tim Tebow as their starter.
The Cardinals and Miami Dolphins also seem to remain in serious contention for Manning. The Denver Post reported that Manning is scheduled to visit those teams after his visit to the Broncos. Manning has a home in South Florida and traveled there after Wednesday’s news conference in Indianapolis where his release by the Colts was announced.
There is no indication at this point that Manning has scheduled a visit with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have been in contact with Manning’s representatives and would like to sign the quarterback. But a person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Manning and his representatives recognized “significant” obstacles to signing with Washington.
Those issues apparently include jumping from the AFC to the NFC and playing two NFC East games per season against his brother, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Peyton Manning also would have to play his home games outdoors if he signs with the Redskins.
He would join a Redskins team that is coming off a five-win season, lacked a 1,000-yard receiver last season and needs help on the offensive line.
The person familiar with the situation stopped short of saying Thursday that Manning would not play for the Redskins. But another person with knowledge of the Redskins’ deliberations said the team probably had a better chance to complete a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the second overall pick in the draft than to sign Manning.
The Redskins would use the second selection on Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.
It appears that Manning would like to pick a new team by early next week.
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