Titans Remain Confident They Can Bring Peyton Manning Home

James WilliamsAnalyst IIIMarch 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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To say that someone does not get offered a job for life, unless you are of course a Supreme Court Justice, would be an understatement.

Even if you are Peyton Manning the most coveted free agent in the National Football League.

When the Titans owner, Texas billionaire 89-year-old Bud Adams told the world he wanted Peyton Manning, it was more than to be the franchises quarterback.

It was according to Adams:" To make Manning a Titan for life."  

Truth be told both Denver and San Francisco can offer Manning many fine options but they simply can't compete with Tennessee when it comes to what having the quarterback would mean to not only to the franchise but to the entire state.

This is about bringing a legend home.  

For Manning, Tennessee has always held a special place in his heart. He was a four year starter at the University of Tennessee where he racked up 33 single game, season and career records.He turned down a chance to go pro after three years and returned for his senior season in 1997 to play for the Vols. 

He got his degree in just three years in Knoxville and met his wife Ashley in Memphis on St. Patrick's Day back in 2001. His popularity in the state is so high that after football if he wanted he could be elected Governor of the state.     

As a matter of fact the Tennessee Legislature drafted a bill on Friday urging the Titans to sign Manning as soon as possible.

But this is all about the right fit for Manning and the Titans seem to provide a comfortable atmosphere for him.He saving his last workout for Tennessee according to a report by NFL.com it will take place Saturday morning. Then one more meeting with Bud Adams and the Titans brain trust before he returns home to Florida where he is expected to make his announcement early in the week.    


Adams will open the checkbook and give Manning whatever it takes because just like John Elway in Denver, fans throughout Tennessee feel it is time that their hero come home.  

Until he makes his choice expect football fans throughout the state to be playing Rocky Top all weekend long for good luck. 

Here is the latest on Manning on the Denver and San Francisco fronts.  

The Denver Post is reporting the Broncos are offering Manning a five year, $60 million dollar deal. 

Also ESPN is reporting that the 49ers remain a dark horse.

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