The wild ride of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes rolls along. The NFL's hottest free agent visited with Cardinals officials in Arizona on Sunday and the team must have made a good first impression.
Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson of ESPN report that Manning has narrowed his options and currently favors the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals as potential landing spots. The Miami Dolphins were the early odds-on favorites to land the perennial superstar, but it appears as though that may have changed.
Manning still could wind up meeting with the Dolphins, but indications are that Miami isn't as high on his list as Denver and Arizona.
There always is the possibility another team suddenly jumps into the fray, the sources said, but it is looking increasingly likely there are only a few viable possibilities at this time.
The early indications are that the Cardinals will do everything in their power to land Manning.
Yet the Cardinals will make a hard push and put on what one team source said is a "Louisville-style full-court press." Manning also is close with Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt and has played golf with him.
The free-agent quarterback spent nearly 6½ hours at the Arizona Cardinals' headquarters and training facility on Sunday in meetings designed to lure the superstar to the desert.
The session was even longer than the nearly six hours Manning spent at the Broncos' facility in Denver on Friday night.
Arizona fans are champing at the bit to see where the QB will end up. With any luck, he'll be in red and white in the fall, rather than garish orange and blue.
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