It looked for sure that the Washington Redskins would be huge players in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. But Friday night they decided to trade up for the second pick in order to draft Robert Griffin III. Perhaps they came to the realization that Peyton would not want to battle younger brother Eli twice a season.
The Jets were also thought to be in the mix. But Friday night they gave Mark Sanchez a three-year, $40.5 million extension through 2016, eliminating them from the equation.
So a couple days into the Manning free agency, a couple of teams are no longer in contention to sign him.
While some teams disappear, others emerge as surprising contenders. The most surprising, the Denver Broncos, met with Manning Friday night.
Who are the top three teams still in contention for landing Manning's services? We will start with the likeliest.