The Peyton Report: It’s quiet in the desert but the Titans are screaming. UPDATED Manning Met With Dolphins
After yesterday’s stop in the desert, the latest Peyton Manning scuttlebutt has nothing to do with Arizona.
The Denver Broncos continue to wave their flag of eligibility claiming that they are “95%” sure that Manning will be throwing mile high darts.
The Miami Dolphins allegedly still don’t have a definite meeting date set. They are confident that they will get time with him.
UPDATE: The Dolphins coach Joe Philbin and his staff reportedly met with Peyton today for 5-6 hours in Indianapolis.
The shocker of the day ( and you knew there would be one) is seemingly out of nowhere, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams stepped up to and all over the plate on Sunday to take charge of this situation.
These are several of his quotes that appeared in Sunday’s edition of The Tennessean
“He is the man I want. Period. 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.”
“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.”
“That’s why I am so anxious to get him to come visit with us and I want him on my team. I could sit down with him and show him what (we’d be willing to pay). If he would come (meet) with me he would be happy with what he’d get.”
“But I want Manning. I’d love to see him in Titan blue after watching him so many years with the Colts,” Adams said. “I will be upset if I didn’t get him. I want him. I am ready to do what it, takes to get him aboard and I think he’d be the guy to get us into the playoffs.”
“I want him to be with me the rest of his working period of his life, even when he doesn’t want to play anymore,” he said. “I want him to come to work for us as long as he lives.”
And with that, now the Titans are one of the next stops on Peyton’s Magical Mystery Tour. As an owner, I have always admired Bud Adams.
He may be coming up on the other side of 90 years old, but he’s one of the most passionate owners in the NFL consortium.
When some owners mettle in football affairs it seems to be a huge distraction. When Bud Adams does it, he’s simply just doing the will of the people; or so it seems.
What I also like about his intentions is that he’s already made it known that Jake Locker is the future and didn’t leave his 2011 number one draft pick hanging in regards to his future.
If Manning comes to Music City, Matt Hasselbeck on the other hand, can call it a day, but it’s not like he’s spent his entire career there.
As a matter of fact, it may give him a graceful out as there was really no way he was going to avoid a public showdown with Locker for the starting job anyway.
It was a bit odd to find out that Bud’s man crush is that deep that he wants to put Peyton in the front office trophy case forever and ever but hey, it is what it is.
Obviously, if Peyton ever does the front office or coaching thing it only seems right that he would return to Indy but stranger things have happened in the NFL.
All we know now is that Bud’s got himself a date, it’s quiet in Tempe, Denver apparently is trying to speak this thing into existence and Miami’s new motto is ”have Peyton will travel.”
Stay tuned, we’ll be back tomorrow.