Manning Mania Update: The Plot Thickens
4. Out of respect for John Elway, Manning agreed to meet with the Broncos in Raleigh/Durham today.
The Broncos are aware that they aren't the proverbial leaders in the clubhouse. That's why they are scrambling to make a final, sweetened pitch.
Adam Schefter Tweeted this was the Broncos traveling party: "Broncos traveling party includes Exec VP John Elway, HC John Fox, OC Mike McCoy, QB coach Adam Gase, GM Brian Xanders and a medical team."
This means the Broncos are sending all their cavalry to make a final in-person pitch to Manning.
Putting it in college terms, this is the equivalent of sending the whole staff for an in-home visit the night before signing day.
You don't send the whole staff out if you're in strong position, right? Put simply, the Broncos have to change Manning's mind.
5. It will take a hail mary like performance for Elway and crew to sway Manning from signing with the Titans.
The workout is of secondary importance. (If, in fact, a "real" workout actually happens at all).
This is about the Broncos getting to make their final pitch face-to-face with Manning.
Why will it take such an impressive performance from Elway and crew?
6. Because Bud Adams has put together a massive pay package that includes a bridge to a team ownership stake and executive role in retirement.
Adams wants Manning to buy into the Titans franchise when his playing career is over.
That can't be done while Manning is still playing because it violates league rules, but Manning has been provided guarantees that he will be able to purchase a share in the team when his playing career is over.
In addition to having better offensive weapons and a better offensive line, Manning loves the post-playing career element of the Titans proposal.
This is what I've been told and that's why the Titans are presently the leader for Peyton.
Could Manning still end up a Bronco?
But that would require John Elway delivering a "The Drive" like performance in his new executive Broncos role. He has to convince Manning to change his mind.
Will that happen on 3/16?
Tim Tebow, for sure, and a ton of Tennessee Titan fans are hoping the answer is no.
LeBron James already had "The Decision." But I really wish Peyton Manning would put a Broncos hat and a Titans hat on a table and make his decision live.
Based on what I'm being told, I feel very good that he's ending up in columbia blue.
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