Good news for potential Manning suitors

February, 2, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- For every team that would chase Peyton Manning if he’s available, the potential to court him has taken a seriously good turn.

Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report Manning’s been cleared by doctors to play, and that the question now is about when he can reach a level of performance he’s satisfied with. Much of that surrounds regaining and rebuilding arm strength.

I don’t think it has a bearing on the Colts' decision, which is going to be to release him, avoid long-range cap problems and draft Andrew Luck to be the centerpiece of their next era.

But Manning should be able to show his next team that he can play in 2012, and that it won’t need some major degree of patience or a big-time contingency plan as he’s brought in.

It sounds like a new team will be able to feel good enough about his health to move sooner rather than later.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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