Report: Peyton Manning Declined Visit with Chiefs and Seahawks

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIMarch 11, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 07:  Peyton Manning attends a press conference announcing Manning's release from the Colts at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on March 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
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With a dozen teams pursuing interest in free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning, only a handful of teams have the opportunity to meet with him.

Manning's hunt for a new team started off in Denver where he met with head coach John Fox and executive vice president of football operations John Elway. It appears that Manning was enjoying his visit with the Broncos and could be leaning towards joining Denver for the 2012 season.

Manning spent part of his weekend in Arizona and was taken back to the airport by the team. Many are expecting Miami to be Manning's next and final destination before he makes his decision.

With those three teams in the mix, many are wondering about other teams and if they have a shot at getting Manning to join their team.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reported that Kansas City and Seattle both reached out to Manning and wanted to visit with him. However, Manning declined, according to Klis.

Manning declining Kansas City's visit gives Broncos fans a huge boost of confidence. Even if Manning does not end up in Denver, fans don't need to worry about their team having to face Manning twice a year. It is likely that Manning is more optimistic about his chances of reaching the playoffs with Denver than he did with Kansas City.

For Seattle, Manning must not have been attracted to the team after finishing 7-9 for the second consecutive season. With an improved NFC West division, Manning probably feels that the Seahawks are still far away from being contenders.

In the end, Denver has some pieces to work with, as well as Arizona and Miami. But Denver is a team that has a defense set in stone with an offense that has a lot of weapons. If Manning joins the Broncos, Denver won't have to worry about fourth quarter hero-like moments week in and week out.

While those games do excite us, teams would like to operate under a better and more professional offense for four quarters.