What would the Peyton Manning free-agent saga be without yet another semi-intriguing twist and turn? The latest batch of rumor mill fodder comes from Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, who is reporting that the Tennessee Titans are preparing for a Peyton Manning visit on either Tuesday or Wednesday. This comes in the wake of news that the Titans signed former Indianapolis Colts director of football administration Dennis Polian as their new assistant to head coach Mike Munchak. Dennis is the son of former Colts President Bill Polian and brother to former GM Chris Polian, so the move comes with obvious ties to Peyton Manning and his former team.
Even more telling information about the Titans' intentions towards Manning comes from a story written by Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. In that piece, team owner Bud Adams expresses his interest in pursuing the future Hall of Famer in no uncertain terms:
"He is the man I want. Period," Adams told the newspaper. "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. 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."
The linkage from the Polians to his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee provides a multitude of selling points for Adams, but it still comes down to the right fit. Are the Denver Broncos a more complete team at the moment? Does Peyton Manning think his best chance at winning now is with Teneesee or Denver? A lot will be revealed in the next few days...hopefully.