Peyton Manning Set to Work Out for Denver Broncos: Report

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets won 17-16. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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We didn't get a Peyton Manning decision on Wednesday or Thursday, and we may not get one on Friday either. However, we at least get a Peyton Manning workout.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the future Hall of Famer is going to throw for the Denver Broncos today:

ESPN has learned Peyton Manning is working out for the Broncos today, but he does not make them the leader.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012


Mike Klis of the Denver Post says that Manning has narrowed down his choices to the Broncos and Titans, which means the Cardinals and Dolphins are out. Schefter says it is not entirely official with the Cardinals, but Klis cites a league source that says it is.

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports the Dolphins are officially out.

Chris Mortensen, reports that Peyton's workout will take place in an indoor facility at Duke University. He claims that it is just "part of the process."

That last tidbit jives with what Schefter said about Peyton not making the Broncos the leader in the race for his services.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 02:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts on the field during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty I
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It seems, at this point, that both the Broncos and Titans have a fairly equal shot at landing No. 18.

When he does pick a team, it will complicate matters for the current quarterbacks on the roster. In Tennessee's case, it'll likely sever ties with Matt Hasselbeck. This will allow last year's No. 8 overall pick, Jake Locker, to learn behind one of the best to ever play the position.

Things aren't as easy if he chooses Denver. Tim Tebow, last year's Mile High miracle man, will be thrust to the bench for the second straight season after finishing the previous year as the starter.

With today's workout simply being "part of the process," there is no telling what would come of Tebow should Peyton wind up in a Broncos uniform.

Yet that is another debate for another time.

Today, Peyton will show off his reportedly ever-improving health and arm strength to the Broncos.

Where he goes next with the process is anyone's guess. The Peyton sweepstakes are very much a part of March Madness this year, and as every team in the tournament loves to tell reporters after a win, "We're taking it one game at a time."

We should do the very same with the Peyton tournament.