Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC West [Print without images]

Monday, March 12, 2012
Broncos wait for Manning extended

By Bill Williamson

The fact that Peyton Manning is going to visit with representatives from Miami and Tennessee probably doesn’t affect Denver’s chances of signing the quarterback. But it does affect the timeline.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Manning will meet with coaches from the Dolphins and Titans. However, the meetings aren’t expected to be full-blown visits. Manning had extensive facility visits with the Broncos and Cardinals during the weekend. According to Mortensen and Adam Schefter, the Broncos and Cardinals remain favorites to land Manning.

However, because Mortensen is reporting that Manning won’t talk to Titans officials until after Wednesday, Manning likely won’t make a final decision until Thursday at the earliest. Free agency starts Tuesday at 4 pm ET. The Broncos’ plan in free agency will very likely be affected by whether they sign Manning or not. But Denver is just going to have to deal with the timeline change, and the Denver Post reports the Broncos are among the teams to have preliminary talks with Manning’s agent.

Ultimately, the Broncos want Manning badly and they are willing to wait to get him.