Manning, Titans talk for nearly seven hours; no word from either

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 4:51pm

If an adoring public is a factor in his decision, Peyton Manning gave no indication of such.

The free agent quarterback did not acknowledge the couple dozen fans gathered outside the fence of the Tennessee Titans training facility Wednesday afternoon when he entered to begin formal meetings with franchise personnel led by coach Mike Munchak. Even more media members assembled and barely had time to glimpse him or shoot video.

With a bag over his right shoulder and decked out in an orange shirt (the color was muted in relation to the University of Tennessee’s identifiable hue), Manning quickly made the short walk from the parking lot to the private entrance, used primarily by players and coaches.

He did offer two quick waves upon his departure after close to seven hours at the facility. The Titans issued no statement on the nature or progress of those talks.

He arrived at 2:34 p.m. and no timetable for his stay was made available. His previous meetings with teams — Denver, Arizona and Miami — reportedly lasted five hours or more.

Weeks after general manager Ruston Webster said, “We’re excited about our quarterback situation” with Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, the presence of Manning, the NFL’s only four-time most valuable player and the hubbub surrounding his arrival was a clear reminder of how things can change.

Manning became a free agent a week ago when the Indianapolis Colts chose to release him rather than pay a hefty roster bonus, particularly given that Manning sat out the entire 2011 season because of injury issues. Days later, Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams made a public proclamation of his desire to sign Manning, arguably the most popular UT player of all-time.

It is clear by his presence that Manning views Tennessee as a viable option for the next phase of his career. Some analysts even have speculated that the Titans might be the best fit among those with which he has had discussions.

Another Volunteer: Manning was not the only former UT player at the Titans facility.

Just after Manning’s arrival, center Scott Wells, a product of Brentwood Academy and UT, drove up with offensive line coach Bruce Matthews.

Wells, who has spent his entire eight-year career with Green Bay, began meetings with team personnel in the morning and his time elsewhere with Matthews was the end of his day. He reemerged a short time later, got into a vehicle of his own and drove off.

11 Comments on this post:

By: T-BONE on 3/15/12 at 6:02

HALLELUJAH!.. God in his infinite wisdom has sent his Phootball playing begotten son to Nashville! Fall on your knees and give money and praise to him! Non pregnant cheerleaders and sex kittens, remove thy "lacy" under garments and preparest thyself for him! Let the "war-birds" fly over his holliness and annoint him with with millions of dollars! Pass the collection plate in your house of worship and give much offerings unto "his son"! GOD will reward you with GOLD Super bowl rings, bragging rights, beer, cheesy nachos, super XXXXX size jerseys, stretch pants, and other soap opera trinkets!

By: Rasputin72 on 3/15/12 at 7:22

Obviously T-BONE was not a very popular high school student. My guess is that he was one of those people who were seen but not heard.

Every high school had them. They are the ones who 25 years later cannot be found by the high school re-union committee.

By: T-BONE on 3/15/12 at 8:17

Rasputin72... Never got beyond High School, HEY? Obviously not! It's been down hill ever since? Growing up is just too damn hard!..Nice try "sport"! Your grade is C- .below average!

By: gdiafante on 3/15/12 at 8:35

Sorry, but if you spend 8+ hours trying to convince someone to sign and he leaves without signing, isn't going to. Besides, what do the Titans have to offer him? They aren't one player away, they're several...

By: BigPapa on 3/15/12 at 9:27

He spent equal time with other teams.

Personally I think Denver is a better fit and a better situation for him, but hey, that's just me.

I think TN is being used to drive up the price.

By: NewYorker1 on 3/15/12 at 9:48

One good hit and the man will be paralyzed. Do the Titans really want to take that risk?

By: yucchhii on 3/15/12 at 10:48

yucchhii I'll say now that I am not a Titan fan...But when they brought in Randy Moss from MY team...NE Patriots, I figured the Titans would be boosted, BUT what happened? They paid Randy all that money to do what with him? So, it makes me wonder what will they do with Manning?

By: T-BONE on 3/15/12 at 11:24

NewYorker1, You are correct! I'm wondering what price the "bounty hunters" have put on Manning? All in the spirit of "fair play"...of course!

By: TITAN1 on 3/15/12 at 1:08

So gd, you think Peyton isn't going to sign with us or are you hoping he won't sign with us?

By: TITAN1 on 3/15/12 at 1:10

Bonehead and New Yorker only show up for attention, waste of space.

By: global_citizen on 3/15/12 at 3:05

"Sorry, but if you spend 8+ hours trying to convince someone to sign and he leaves without signing, isn't going to."

If I was keeping a book of some of the stupidest things ever posted to the City Paper forums, this would have its own chapter.

He's visiting four teams. He's signed with none yet. Does that mean he's not going to? Duh.

What kind of fool would he be if he signed on the spot? That's just laughably ludicrous. I guess you've never had a contract negotiation of any kind in your life, gd.