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Published on 03/14/2012 at Wed Mar 14 22:48.
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Peyton Manning attends a press conference announcing Manning's release from the Colts at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on March 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Joey Foley/Getty Images)

This Peyton Manning sweepstakes is getting a little desperate.

First, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (half-facetiously) offered to play for free to get Manning in Denver. Now, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has gone the other way — and there’s nothing facetious about it.

The 89-year-old is reportedly offering Manning a contract “for life” if the future Hall of Famer will sign with Tennessee, KHOU Houston reports. While the CBA presumably restricts those types of deals in player contracts, Adams and family are seriously considering offering Manning a minority ownership in the club, according to reports.

We would presume that sort of negotiating would also be in violation of the CBA, but enough buzz has been gathering around this part of Adams’ plan to give us pause. Perhaps the billionaire knows a bit more about big business than we do; perhaps he has found a loophole. He told KHOU he “feels great” about the Titans’ chances of winning Manning, after all.

So, Manning, what will it be?

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I for one am not taking Al Davis, err I mean Bud Adams, seriously.  I think it’s telling that with such offers like this, Peyton Manning still isn’t a Tennessee Titan.

    The longer Manning waits to decided, I think the better the Denver Broncos’ chances of landing him become. That’s just my take.

  • Anonymous

    Tee-e-bo whoa-o, Tee-e-bo whoa-o….stop the insanity and let’s start patching some defensive holes…I want Manning but good grief!

  • El the Way

    Update! his agent books flight for nashville at noon?!

  • Carl

    Manning will be the NFL joke if he succumbs to an elderly gentleman not quite all there.

  • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

    Manning already said it’s not about the money… it’s about winning. Put that in your pipe and smoke it bud adams… 

  • Pman

    1. No he didn’t

    2. If it was about winning he would have gone to sf the day the said they wanted him.

  • http://twitter.com/MrPerfect_23 Dee Kitchens

    Didn’t they just draft Jake Locker in the first round last year? He showed great potential, why are they so eager for a new QB. I’d be happy to have Locker

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, there’s like a half dozen CBA violations there.  

    Bud is desperate.  

  • Tom9798

    I know this is OT, but Pat Bowlen bought the Denver Broncos in 1984 for $78 million.

    Just some perspective.

  • colorancher

    After Manning’s and Irsay’s relationship, i assumed he would be hired as a coach or GM in Indy when he retires..  It is sad that people have to lure people with money, and promises..

  • Guest

    My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say dickety because the Kaiser had stolen our word twenty. I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles

  • Ezs

    THIS IS WHY BUD GAVE HIM A LIFE CONTRACT! JUST LOOK AT FRECKING DAMN OPPONENTS THAT THEY PLAY! http://www.titansonline.com/schedule/2012-opponents.html

    SUPERNBOWL MY DAMN ASS! COME ON TO DENVER BABY

  • colorancher

     looks pretty tough!!!

  • Anonymous

    I hope you are joking.  I wasn’t able to find this anywhere.  And if you are joking….  GO AWAY!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LOL… Yeah it does! But not the toughest either. Either way they will struggle a little with that I think.

  • Anonymous

    LOL… Yeah it does! But not the toughest either. Either way they will struggle a little with that I think.

  • Anonymous

    This is how I kind of see this even as just a fan. Would I trade our team for what they have? No way! A player here or a player there? Maybe but not squad for squad. From that stand point it should be a no-brainer but I have to agree with those that think he is heading to Nashville, I do to. Hope not buuuut!!!

  • Anonymous

    “Contract for life” sounds both desperate and potentially hand-cuffing.  By saying nothing the Broncos have said we have enough class to take you seriously and respect you as a player.   But I’m biased.

    It seems to me that Peyton is going to make a decision based on playing QB.  He will decide, then he and his agent will go figure out numbers.

    When Peyton retires he will then make coaching and/or ownership decisions.  When he does that, can you imagine both Bud Adams and Jim Irsay would say anything other than “Hell yes we want you here!”

    Finally, I think that Peyton is going to listen very carefully to both his Dad and Wife.  Unless you are one of those two people, you have no idea what’s going on.

  • Virginiabronco

    Thank you!

  • Virginiabronco

    When people say its not about the money, guess what it is about………….. The Money!

  • Virginiabronco

    I am still not convinced Arizona is out of the running.

  • Virginiabronco

    He is holding out for someone to give him the franchise upon their death or sale.  Maybe name the team after him. A 51st state? 
    That Manning marketing machine just keeps churning.  And you guys can’t get enough! 

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    Is any of that story true grandpa?
    Well I did wear a dress for most of the 40s.

  • Virginiabronco

    ESPN reporting from numerous sources that Peyton hasn’t even worked out with anyone yet.  ALso reporting he has not narrowed his options as yet. Report says all teams still in play which simply means, Peyton is still trying to drive the price and package higher!
    What fun this must be if you are PM.
    I think if CO will rename the state, give him a % of the taxes collected by the state and city, Build a new dome stadium and rename the stadium “Manning Field”, give him a cut of the beer and hotdog sales, make him the highest paid QB and sign him to a 20yr guarenteed contract, and of course, majority ownership of the team, I think Denver might have a chance to get him that is assuming no one else offers more.

  • Anonymous

    Movies used to cost a nickel!  A nickel!!!! 

    What’s the point?

  • Anonymous

    haha you might be on to something. But it has to be ALL hot dog sales in the state. Not just the ones sold and Manning Field.

  • Virginiabronco

    I am moving on to March Madness.  Enough with this Manning story.  I don’t like to see our Elway getting schooled like this. FOr all we know this may all be some big payback for Elway stiffing the Colts and now Manning settling old scores by humilating Elway and the Broncos leaving the Broncos with no one to pick up in free agency to patch all the holes we have.  As I have been saying, this is shaping up to be a big PR nightmare for the front office. 
    I still think Arizona is where he will land but Nashville or still Miami (long shot), might land him.  I am confident it won’t be Denver.

  • Anonymous

    Uh no.  Everyone saying he’s holding out for some absurd salary and nonsensical perks is full of crap.

    Everyone loves schefter, right?  Well here he is on Mike & Mike this morning laying waste to that horseshit notion:

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=7689589

  • Anonymous

    Dear FO,

    Pull the wool from your eyes.  There is more than 1 player available in free agency. 

  • Anonymous

    Although, in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. “Give me five bees for a quarter”, you’d say

  • virginiabronco

    Try and stay calm Bryan.  I understand the NFL channel this Sunday plans to replay all the football games it has in its files from Pop Warner to present that feature Peton Manning.  It should give you something to watch this weekend.  In the meantime, you can recall all the “Manning” quotes that stated he would announce today who the lucky team was going to be.  I am still waiting for the announcment. 
    Of course there are plenty of people available in free agency. I haven’t noticed if any big names have been scooped up yet have you?  But we still have a chance at the same type of players we sign almost every other year.  I am sure it will work out as well for us this year as it has in past years.  We are building a team one decade at a time. 

  • Anonymous

     No it simply means that Manning has not made up his mind.  Adding anything else is just plain foolish.

  • Anonymous

     Desperate would be putting it nicely.

  • http://broncotalk.net Monty

    Yeah saw this comment last night, wasn’t able to find it anywhere either. Thanks for that.

  • Cdub12344321

    The nt solil-signed
    De/lb Williams-signed
    Alot of safety and db we should have went after- signed
    A couple of great RB for our scheme- signed

    As you can tell our options are thinning out and if we don’t get Peyton we missed out on FA for the most part. I would say our biggest moves from there would be to sign Bunkly, Thomas and Prater back.

  • Anonymous

    I for one am not interested in the huge contracts these guys have received in the first couple days…we tried that when Shanny ran things and it failed, badly.  Think back to the Superbowl teams, stocked full of mid-tier free agents and good draft picks.   

  • Mergrath

    When does the competition committee get to review the contract?

  • Roberion

    Who cares. Peyton will NEVER win a bowl with the Titans… Move on already and sign some players…. Get the car keys back and drive somewhere else…..

  • Anonymous

    Why would you coach a team when a current player is now or will be an owner in the near future?  Even if it is a “minority” stake.  How do you function as a team when one player has that much control? 

  • virginiabronco

    I absolutely agree and that was my point to Bryan above.

  • Wjon67

    Hahahahahahahahaha….read em and weep.

  • Wjon67

    The noon flight was for His agent is in TN, he also helped Hutchinson Viking Guard  and 7 time pro bowler sign…happens to be Peyton’s friend, and they discuss bringing center Jeff Saturday(Peyton Mannings Center) for 3 years to finish Peytons career.

  • Wjon67

    No violation, it just has t be a two contract deal.  One as a player, and one as a Contract Employee…this is how it is being drafted as we speak.

  • Stealthmark

    gotta be kidding me….HE WENT WITH FUCKING DENVER!!!!!!
    YOU DENIED FREE PANCAKES FOR THE REST OF YOUR CAREER!!!!! LMFAO