Denver Broncos executives, including John Elway and coach John Fox, flew to Raleigh, N.C., on Friday to conduct a workout with free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, according to multiple reports.
There was widespread speculation that Manning had narrowed the choices for his next team to the Broncos and the Tennessee Titans.
It was unclear whether or not the workout was the first step toward signing a deal with Denver or if a similar scenario with the Titans would occur over the weekend. NFL.com reported that Manning planned to throw for Titans officials as well, but no date for that session was set.
It was clear that the Miami Dolphins, one of three teams that interviewed the NFL’s only four-time most valuable player, would not sign Manning. NFL.com reported that the quarterback phoned Dolphins officials Thursday night and informed them that he no longer considered them an option.
The Arizona Cardinals, the other team Manning met with, owe their quarterback, Kevin Kolb, a $7 million roster bonus Friday. The fact that Kolb remained on their roster made it seem unlikely that they expected to sign Manning.
According to NFL.com, Manning’s workout for the Broncos was to take place Friday afternoon. The quarterback has trained in North Carolina in recent weeks with former University of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, now the head coach at Duke.