Report: Manning to visit Cardinals, others

Peyton Manning’s whirlwind free-agency tour

kicked off in grand fashion, complete with a chartered plane coming to

pick him up and a helicopter hovering overhead as he met with the Denver


And this was only Day 1 of his adventure.

It is unclear exactly where Manning is headed next, but according to a newspaper report, the sought-after quarterback will visit the Cardinals and Dolphins in the next few days.

According to The Denver Post, an NFL source said Manning will meet with at least those teams following his trip to Denver and then come to a decision by Tuesday, which is the first day of the NFL free-agency period.

Manning spent Friday in Tim Tebow’s neighborhood, chatting with the Broncos for nearly six hours.

Speculation was that Arizona was next up, and television crews were staking out the Cardinals’ headquarters in Tempe on Saturday. But there was no sight of the superstar.

Not that the facility was quiet. The Manning frenzy coincided with Kurt Warner’s “Ultimate Football Experience,” a fundraiser for his foundation.

Manning is the NFL’s marquee free agent after being released by the Indianapolis Colts two days ago. The Broncos rolled out the red carpet for visit by the four-time MVP.

Brought in from Miami on a plane sent down to swoop him up, Manning spent the day with Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who also serves as Denver’s vice president of football operations. Manning was escorted around the building, with coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders along as well.

When his marathon day was over, Manning hopped into the same silver SUV he arrived in and was whisked away without talking to reporters.

Manning, the Colts’ longtime quarterback, was released earlier this week before he was due to receive a $28 million bonus on March 8.

The Associated Press contributed to this report