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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Envy-free Peyton ready for Irsay meeting

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star spoke with Peyton Manning sometime after the Giants won the Super Bowl and learned the quarterback had taken a call from Colts owner Jim Irsay. Manning said he's thrilled for his brother, Eli, who won a second Super Bowl and that there is no envy regarding his accomplishments.

"[Irsay] called to congratulate Eli and I told him I would pass that along. He said, 'I look forward to sitting down with you soon,' and I told him the same thing. It'll happen.
"One thing he and I are not going to do is give a set date where it's like a game. We'll handle it the way it should be handled."

So the next big chase among NFL information men will be when the meeting occurs and what is said and decided in it.

It makes little sense for the sides to wait much longer, and Irsay said last week he anticipated a get together this week.

Nothing has changed in terms of the expectation that Manning will be released ahead of a scheduled $28 million bonus that is due on March 8.

Where will he land? Adam Schefter declared a favorite in this piece of his recent mailbag:
Q: With the Super Bowl now over, talk this offseason will surely focus on Peyton Manning. Where do you think he will land? Any chance that he goes to Minnesota or San Francisco?

-- Herbert (Iowa)

A: No, Herbert, Minnesota and San Francisco will not be in play. Remember, Manning will pick his team even more than it will pick him. Minnesota can't offer as much as other teams, and San Francisco will not pursue Manning when it wants to re-sign Alex Smith. The team that is the favorite in my mind to land Manning is Miami. The Dolphins can offer warm weather and a favorable contract, and the team has been screaming for a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino left. Make Miami the favorite for now. But we've already seen what being a favorite meant to New England in this Super Bowl.