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We will update this page daily on the whereabouts of free agent quarterback Peyton Manning this weekend.  Re-fresh your browser accordingly.

7:00 p.m. (MT):  After 2,266 words, over 22,500 reads and over twenty-four hours of coverage, this live tracker will now end.  Manning is expected to return to his home in Miami this evening and is not expected to make any more visits before announcing his decision sometime before free agency beings at 2:00 p.m. (MT) on Tuesday.  For more updates and breaking coverage once he signs, check daily.

6:54 p.m. (MT):  Klis has chimed in to say that it appears to be doubtful that Manning will make his decision on Monday.  It is still expected that he will choose between the Cardinals and Broncos before the start of free agency on Tuesday, however.

6:52 p.m. (MT):  You can read my take on the situation over on Broncos Zone.

6:38 p.m. (MT):  Great information on Manning’s visits can be found here.

6:08 p.m. (MT):  Somers reports that Manning is flying back to his home in Miami.

5:38 p.m. (MT):  Sources close to the Broncos tell CBS4‘s Vic Lombardi that Denver’s chances of signing Denver are about 80%, per‘s Andrew Mason. 

5:34 p.m. (MT):  Multiple sources are reporting that Manning is expected to choose between the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals by Monday evening.

5:05 p.m. (MT):  Manning is expected to now visit the Miami Dolphins, but all reports have been based on speculation.  The Broncos expect Manning to make a decision by tomorrow evening.

4:44 p.m. (MT):  Manning is leaving Arizona now, per Bienvenu.  [Photo]

4:14 p.m. (MT):  Bienvenu:  “So Manning still in meeting with Cards… now that meeting has officially gone longer than the one at Broncos camp… if you’re keeping score.”

3:32 p.m. (MT):  As Mason points out, Manning’s meetings with the Broncos and Cardinals appear to have been similar.  In both cases Manning had dinner with team officials from both teams and spent more than five hours at Denver’s and Arizona’s respective facilities.

2:45 p.m. (MT):  Somers:  “Nothing to update here. Manning still here, been here about 4 1/2 hours.  I had a salad for lunch.”

2:30 p.m. (MT):  Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts has just left the facility, per Brad Cesmat.

2:27 p.m. (MT):  Denver Broncos fans have arrived at the Cardinals facility.  Nice.

2:21 p.m. (MT):  For the record, we’re not buying this, but Gambadoro has tweeted:  “Unless Bidwill screws this up Peyton should be a Card … promising!”

2:11 p.m. (MT):  “Archie Manning is consulting with Peyton Manning about where Peyton will play next,” writes Klis. 

1:41 p.m. (MT)  Somers:  “Larry Fitzgerald leaves facility. He is leaving today for Australia. Andre Roberts arrives. He’s a WR too.”

12:21 p.m. (MT):  Somers:  “For those asking for updates:  Peyton Manning entered the building two hours ago.  Still inside.  We’re still outside (and we) don’t expect much more (information) for a while.”

11:43 a.m. (MT)  The Arizona press is eagerly waiting for Manning.

11:31 a.m. (MT):  Do not read unto Gambadoro’s report — there have been many false reports over the past forty-eight hours, his may be yet another.  Denver, Arizona and Miami outlets are all reporting that Manning will sign with their respective teams.

11:29 a.m. (MT):  620 KTAR‘s John Gambadoro is reporting that Manning will sign with the Cardinals. 

11:25 a.m. (MT):  ESPN’s Pedro Gomez ‏is reporting that Manning has been in the Cardinals facility meeting with Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm, Rod Graves and Larry Fitzgerald for the past hour.

11:12 a.m. (MT)  Lombardi has learned that the Broncos are expecting Manning to make a decision by Monday.  Obviously, Manning wouldn’t be able to visit many more teams than the Cardinals, Broncos and perhaps Dolphins before then.

11:08 a.m. (MT):  Lombardi:  “Do not discount the role Pat Bowlen will play in this. Manning wants to win another Super Bowl. Bowlen or Bidwill?”

11:03 a.m. (MT):  Schefter is reporting that Manning has narrowed it down to the Cardinals and Broncos.  One source told Schefter that Manning “is leaning toward Denver.”

11:00 a.m. (MT):  CBS4’s Gary Miller:  “Manning meeting with Cards right now. Let’s hope air-conditioning breaks down.”

Sun. 8:00 a.m. (MT):  Florio cites a source “with knowledge of the dynamics in Denver” that says the team will trade Tebow if Manning signs.

Sunday, 7:57 a.m. (MT):  104.3 The Fan’s Alfred Williams says the Broncos’ chances of landing Manning are 90%, despite the fact that Manning is in Arizona today.

Sat. 7:50 p.m. (MT):  Manning will soon be in Arizona, we’re signing off for the evening.  We don’t expect anything big will happen before tomorrow — we’ll be back then.

7:32 p.m. (MT):  As it turns out, Arizona is just as googly-eyed over Manning as we are (and who could blame them?).

5:38 p.m. (MT)  No word yet on Manning’s current whereabouts, or which flight he is taking.

5:13 p.m. (MT):  Manning will visit with the Cardinals tonight before going back home to Miami (presumably in the morning).  After that he currently has nothing scheduled.

4:32 p.m. (MT)  Multiple sources are reporting that the Broncos talked with Manning today and the vibe is that things went extremely well.

4:26 p.m. (MT):  Klis is reporting that the Broncos’ two days with Manning were very productive and the team is hopeful and encouraged after meeting with him.

4:23 p.m. (MT)  BT has learned that the Broncos are confident that Manning will sign with the team.  It has not been confirmed but we assume that the team has offered him a contract.

4:05 p.m. (MT):  Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning will now leave Denver this evening and fly to Arizona to visit with the Cardinals.  Manning is expected to visit several teams before making a decision (which will come before Tuesday).

4:00 p.m. (MT):  The Broncos have given Manning their best sales pitch and now all they can do is wait.  The ball is in Manning’s court.

3:58 p.m. (MT):  Glazer:  “Don’t read into him leaving Denver without a deal. He never wanted to just take one visit & sign. Cards up next. Still gonna be a fast process.”

3:53 p.m. (MT) Fox SportsJay Glazer is reporting that Manning is scheduled to fly to Arizona and visit with the Cardinals this evening.

3:32 p.m. (MT):  In Arizona, the media has been waiting all day for Manning to arrive, reports Pat Graham.  As far as we know, Manning is still in Denver.

3:03 p.m. (MT):  Spano:  “Apologies, confirmed Manning is not in building like earlier reported. As we know now, still in Denver though.”

2:57 p.m. (MT):  This is merely speculation, but with Manning still in Denver, the Broncos’ odds of landing him seem to be high.

2:53 p.m. (MT):  If the Arizona Cardinals are planning on “chasing ex-Colt star Peyton Manning,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald knows nothing about it, writes Marc Sessler.

2:46 p.m. (MT):  This post has reached 1,189 words and 6,113 reads since 10:30 this morning.

2:41 p.m. (MT):  Saccomano:  “Query response–no, not usually at office on a Saturday like today–but these are not usual times.”

2:37 p.m. (MT):  Beisner reports: “Per Broncos team source: There is speculation that talks could continue between Manning and the Broncos at some point on Saturday.”

2:27 p.m. (MT):  The Denver Post‘s Mike Klis has confirmed that Manning is still in Denver, although not at the team’s facility in Dove Valley.  Elway however is at the team’s headquarters, which is normal, says Klis, with free agency set to begin on Tuesday.  

2:21 p.m. (MT):  Beisner is reporting that the Broncos were “encouraged by their visit with Peyton yesterday,” and Manning is still in Denver.

2:18 p.m. (MT):  It sounds like Manning is still in Denver with a planned flight to Arizona this evening.  Reports are that he will meet with other teams before making a decision.

2:10 p.m. (MT):  Elsewhere in the NFL, there have been several transactions today.  The Falcons have signed linebacker Lofa Tatupu and the Vikings will part ways with cornerback Cedric Griffin, offensive lineman Anthony Herrera and veteran guard Steve Hutchinson.

1:53 p.m. (MT):  Although he is still in Denver, Lombardi says Manning is not at the Broncos’ facility.

1:50 p.m. (MT):  Lombardi has just confirmed Spano’s report — Manning is still in Denver.

1:44 p.m. (MT):  “Very reliable source has just told me that Peyton Manning is still at Broncos Headquarters at Dove Valley right now.” — Spano

1:35 p.m. (MT):  PFT‘s Michael David Smith says that quarterback Tim Tebow is “rattled” by the whole situation.  Update, 2:15 p.m. (MT):  The “Tebow is rattled” report was just speculation by a reporter.  H/T:  basdf

1:19 p.m. (MT):  Lombardi reports:  “You’re not gonna get an itinerary from anybody. This isn’t some sort of Goodwill Tour. No word on his next move — yet.”

1:13 p.m. (MT):  Lombardi spoke to a couple of veteran Broncos players who are “giddy about the prospects of landing Manning.”  Perhaps defensive backs Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey?

12:55 p.m. (MT):  Bienvenu reports:  “Again I don’t think Manning would sign without exploring all options. Cardinals, Dolphins. Now private jet listed to Phoenix at 7:00.”

12:52 p.m. (MT):  NFLN‘s Michelle Beisner ‏is reporting that Bowlen, Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and General Manager Brian Xanders are all at the team’s facility in Dove Valley (presumably Head Coach John Fox is there as well).

12:49 p.m. (MT):  Mason reports: “Manning holds the cards & he’ll do due diligence, so don’t expect a resolution today. But Denver offers a combo others can’t match: cap room even after Manning gets his money, defensive play-makers, a like-minded leader in the front office, young WR’s with potential and a player-friendly coach with a winning playoff record. ”

12:43 p.m. (MT):  Affirming ESPN‘s report, Bienvenu ‏says that Manning’s visit in Denver is done.  There is a private jet flying back to Miami at 3:00 p.m., per Bienvenu.

12:38 p.m. (MT):  Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen just arrived in Dove Valley and parked his Porsche in the team’s private parking garage, per Jones.

12:30 p.m. (MT):  ESPN’s Bill Williamson is reporting that Manning’s visit in Denver is done and that he is now expected to visit the Cardinals and Dolphins.  However, no one has confirmed that Manning has even left Denver and Arizona Republic reporter Kent Somers says that Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald told him that he does not think Manning is visiting the team today and if he is, Fitzgerald wasn’t invited.

12:26 p.m. (MT):‘s Jeff Darlington says there is a “so far, so good” sentiment coming from a few Broncos sources in brief text exchanges today. Not very telling — only that optimism lives.

12:21 p.m. (MT)  We cannot confirm or deny that Peyton Manning is still in Denver, but no news is definitely good news.  With things so quiet and Manning presumably still in Denver, might the Broncos be negotiating a contract?

11:46 a.m. (MT): Broncos Vice President of Public Relations Jim Saccomano has been sending a series of tweets, which read:  “Every team trying to improve, each move like those in a chess match, one leading to another, in NFL. Critics are always there, but what Teddy Roosevelt said about the process remains true — the credit belongs to the one in the arena.  Broncos’ top guys in arena are Mr. Bowlen and John Elway — no question about their passionate desire to win, and win…”

11:25 a.m. (MT):  BT can confirm that Warner is holding a charity event at the Cardinals facility today and Manning will not visit them any sooner than this evening — if at all.  It looks like Manning will stay in Denver for the day.

11:08 a.m. (MT):‘s Andrew Mason:  “A quiet morning would appear to be the best circumstance to increase the Broncos’ chances of landing Peyton Manning. As with many situations, the less we hear, the more likely it is that stuff gets done.”

10:59 a.m. (MT): 104.3 The Fan’s DMac has learned that former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner is holding a charity event at the team’s facility today and Manning is not expected to visit, according to “people in AZ.”

10:57 a.m. (MT):  As far as everyone knows, Peyton Manning is still in Denver, which is a good sign.

10:52 a.m. (MT):  ABC7’s Lionel Bievnenu is citing sources which say Manning wants to avoid drama and if he likes Denver’s situation, he may just sign here before visiting anyone else.  By drama, Bienvenu must mean the drama of dragging out his decision, because there would surely be Tebowmania drama in Denver is Manning signed here.  The report went on to say, “Then again hard to think he would not explore all his options before signing.”

10:48 a.m. (MT): The Denver Post‘s Lindsay Jones has chimed in, speculating that the longer Manning stays in the Denver, the better the chances are of him signing with the Broncos.  Until Manning talks however, nobody really knows.  The Broncos — and everyone — are waiting on Manning.

10:44 a.m. (MT): NFL Network‘s Albert Breer is piggy-backing on Cole/Florio’s report on Manning’s arm, noting that nerve regeneration is happening, which is huge.  Breer says to expect to see continued improvement, but clarifies that there are no guarantees.

10:42 a.m. (MT): PFT‘s Mike Florio is re-reporting that Manning’s arm strength is still far from being 100%, but he is making progress.  Of course, Florio also talked to kerry last night to confirm that a 50% healthy Peyton Manning arm would still be more accurate than a 100% healthy Tim Tebow arm.

10:33 a.m. (MT): Mile High SportsBrandon Spano reports that Manning’s neck has made great progress in it’s recovery but is still not 100%.  There is still lots of time for it to heal, however.

Saturday, 10:29 a.m. (MT): CBS4‘s Vic Lombardi reports that free agent quarterback Peyton Manning had a long, productive evening with the Broncos last night and he is still in Denver.  Per Lombardi, Manning came away impressed with Owner Pat Bowlen and the Broncos are awaiting his next move.  He is expected to visit other teams before making a decision.

  • flbronc

    10:42 commentary is awesome.

  • Fan From Spain

    thanks for doing this, not much info from other sites.

  • Fan From Spain

    thanks for doing this, not much info from other sites.

  • Tom9798

    ditto that . . . thanks Jon . . . great thread!

  • casinorose

    I agree..thanks for all the recent updates on peyton.nice to know what is going on.I am a big fan of his,and want him happy,and to go with his heart,where he feels wanted and comfortable.Good Luck Peyton..

  • Tom9798

    Incredible suspense!  Thought for sure Manning would have been in Arizona by now . . .

    but with Elway sitting on his chest, and Bowlen sitting on his legs, minute by minute, his resolve to leave diminishes!

  • Jack

    With everyone in dv they got 2h to make him stay

  • Fan From Spain

    The more I read the less I think he will sign with Miami. It’s going to come down to Denver, Arizona or some sneaky team that’s been flying under the radar.

  • Mike Birtwistle

    Wait Peyton Manning is in Denver!!!  You’d have thought someone would have mentioned it on a blog or on twitter or something

  • T-Money

    It’s gotta be hard to look Elway in the face and say “thanks but no thanks”.

  • basdf

    That “tebow is rattled” comment is pretty dishonest. The reporter at NBC quoted a reporter from Florida that admitted on twitter that she had made the whole thing up and never actually talked to him. She was SPECULATING.

  • Jon

    No problem, Tom and FFS.  As long as I am able to keep it updated, I’ll continue to do so.

  • Josh

    John where do u think Manning is going to go?? without being biasit

  • Ken

    what are your best reasons for Denver over Miami ?

  • Jon

     Dolphins fan, I presume?

  • Jon

    As I noted above, the longer he stays in Denver, the more likely that he’ll sign in Denver.

    If he leaves un-signed however and visits — and likes — Arizona, I can see him landing there.

  • Josh

    so ur thinking he should sign in denver right now..well dont u think he  should visit all teams before signing..


    I can’t ever remember hitting re-fresh this many times.  I keep waiting for the post that says PM will not leave Denver.  I hope they get this done.

  • Jon

    Reports have been that he will visit other teams before making a decision, but if he was planning on doing that (which he still may be), he could have already been in Arizona.

  • Josh

    tht is true…im just hoping our broncos get manning and make another superbowl run

  • Josh

    hey jon where is peyton right now?? is he with elway??

  • Jon

    Nobody can confirm exactly where in Denver Manning is, but he is not with Elway (as of now).

    He may meet with the Broncos again today and (presumably) sign with the team.

  • Jon

    Nobody can confirm exactly where in Denver Manning is, but he is not with Elway (as of now).

    He may meet with the Broncos again today and (presumably) sign with the team.

  • Josh

    he might be with other players visiting around?? hopefully he will stay for rest of the day

  • Josh

    he might be with other players visiting around?? hopefully he will stay for rest of the day

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  • Allan

    It does not mark the first free agent signing for 2012 if Denver signs Manning, Denver has already signed a WR and an OLinman.

  • Josh

    nothin new??

  • Jon

    Type comment here.

  • Jon

     Right you are, my bad.

  • Allan

    NP just keeping it real.

  • Allan

    NP just keeping it real.

  • bjbrookz

    Glazer is reporting that he’s still on schedule to be in AZ tonite. 

  • bjbrookz

    Glazer is reporting that he’s still on schedule to be in AZ tonite. 

  • Edbaker

    I feel like they have been saying this all day, but every time they give a deadline for him to leave he stays longer.

  • Josh

    i thinks hes leaving now…our chances are going down

  • Fan From Spain

    They said his flight was at 3 pm and now its 7pm… lets hope that means something

  • AtomicLeo

    Better front office. Remember the coach fiasco last year? Easier division to win. There is nothing but poor and mediocre defenses. Better offensive line. Cap space to sign his buddies Clark and Wayne.

  • Marty Martinez21

    I could be off base with  my thinking here…AZ is only a 2 hour flight from here (CO)..he could’ve left this morning..toured the facilties, met with management and players and get a feel for the city…if he goes tonight, and leaves say early tomorrow morning..we’ve got him

  • crazykid

    lol @ how small this box is

  • Ezs

    As you can tell Manning is taken his time getting to AZ. I my own opinion I think he wants to stay or he would of already left (last night). Manning is probably just tolling with AZ or maybe with us. I don’t know, because he would of already sign if this was the case here. Or is he planning to do that later on today. All I know is, is that he is still in Denver. This is like watching a movie — suspenseful i might add. :-D

  • Edbaker

    Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi)
    3/10/12 4:15 PM
    Good news and bad news. Golf game is surprisingly serviceable. Manning leaving Denver within the hour w/o a deal. Headed to AZ

  • Allan

    Hopefully Denver’s new price negotiator doesn’t take the hardline in this deal to prove himself.

  • Josh

    Now we wait and see what happenns

  • L E IT

    So he was supposed to leave within the hour. Thats ten minutes from now. You think we would have heard something if he was on his way to the airport. Whichever he is leaving from. My guess is Centennial. 

  • L E IT

    ITS TOO QUEIT!!!!! 

  • Jon

    Most likely a good thing.

  • L E IT

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    Manning flight out @ 6:50 Denver time @dmac1043

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