This statement comes in the impending wake of Manning's workout with the Tennessee Titans.
Breer reports that the Titans workout could be conducted as early as Saturday and that Manning's contract would be in the $90 million range with protective clauses regarding the prior injury and surgery to his neck.
The San Francisco 49ers emerged as a one of three favorites for Manning as early as last Friday, along with the Broncos and Titans. After immediately expressing no interest in Manning, the 49ers swooped onto the Duke campus in stealth-like fashion last Tuesday with reports only coming to light three days later.
Of course, all this speculation leaves Alex Smith essentially twisting in the wind. Smith, who has yet to re-sign with the 49ers, is currently in contract negotiations and has been for quite some time now. Meanwhile, no other team has offered Smith a contract or even asked to meet with him.
Manning as a 49er presents a multitude of opportunities for both camps. It also presents some questions.
Who gives the 49ers a better chance to win a Super Bowl next year?
Hypothetically, how would the "Manning Attack" coincide with "WalshBaugh"?
With the Colts, Manning was basically the offensive coordinator as he ran all the offensive meetings.
The 49ers, on the other hand, take a more nontraditional approach. Jim Harbaugh has stated on multiple occasions that all coaches have input into the play-calling.
For example, in the famous game winning drive in the NFC divisional playoff game verses the Saints, the plays were called by quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst.
Greg Roman, the 49ers' official offensive coordinator, was present at Manning's workout, along with Trent Baalke, team doctors and, of course, Coach Harbaugh.
Harbaugh and Manning.
Manning and Harbaugh.
Ex-Colt and ex-Colt.
By Tuesday, we'll know.