Posted Sun Mar 11th by Jon Heath
Former Indianapolis Colts and free agent quarterback Peyton Manning has reportedly narrowed down his decision to being between the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. Manning has been “leaning towards the Broncos,” according to a source close to the situation.
Although his decision is expected to come before the start of free agency on Tuesday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post has reported that it may not come until Wednesday. Whether it comes tomorrow, Tuesday or Wednesday is irrelevant. His decision is what matters.
According to Vic Lombardi of CBS4, sources say that there is an 80% chance that Manning will pick Denver over Arizona. With the NFL’s 2012 NFL Salary cap being $120,600,000 and the Broncos having $23-$27,000,000 in rollover cap from last season, the team has more than enough cap room to land Manning.
CBS4’s @viclombardi cites sources within the Broncos that gauge Manning’s chances of signing with the Broncos at “80 percent.”
— MaxBroncos (@MaxBroncos) March 11, 2012
With an improving defense, top-ranked rushing offense and young, talented receivers, the Broncos’ brass has the leverage to sway Manning. According to reports, that’s just what they did.
Klis reports that Manning enjoyed speaking with John Elway and John Fox and was particularly impressed with team Owner Pat Bowlen. The Broncos did not negotiate a contract with Manning — neither did the Cardinals — as Manning wanted his visits to be strictly football-related.
Presumably after he makes his decision, Manning and his agent, Tom Condon, will work out a contract with his new team. Per reports, the Broncos are in much better shape cap-wise than the Cardinals are, which would allow them to also pursue some of Manning’s former teammates (such as receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark) in free agency.
We are eagerly awaiting Manning’s next move! We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.