Just like the way he plays quarterback, it appears Peyton Manning's decision where he plays next year will be an uptempo affair. Manning has already arrived in Denver via Broncos owner Pat Bowlen's private plane about 1:35 p.m.MT, accompanied by front-office boss John Elway, head coach John Fox, general manager Brian Xanders and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
After his trip to Denver, Manning is expected to make a stop in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals and an NFL source says he is expected to make a decision by Tuesday, the first day of free agency.
However, no contract negotiations are expected to occur during the visit with the Broncos and sources have said it does not define Denver as the favorite to land Manning. Manning reportedly wants to familiarize himself with Denver's physical facilities, the organization and the geography. On the trip, the four-time MVP is expected to meet with coaches and a handful of players, but is not expected to work out for the team.
Recovering from three (or four depending on the source) neck surgeries that caused him to miss all of the 2011 season, Manning's health is obviously a major factor in the parameters of a contract with Manning. According to the Denver Post, if Manning is healthy, money will not be a stumbling block to signing the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Manning would prefer to stay in the AFC, with the Chiefs, Dolphins and Jets as the AFC teams on record as ones who have shown interest.
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