Peyton Manning Rumors: Broncos and Cardinals Reportedly Front-Runners for Top QB

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 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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Peyton Manning is in search of a new NFL home, and a couple of contenders appear to be big favorites over the other teams coveting No. 18.  

According to Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN, one AFC team and one NFC team are considered the front-runners to land the veteran quarterback.  

"The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, the first two teams Manning visited, are considered his two likeliest landing spots, according to sources familiar with the situation," the report reads.

This process is all new for Manning, so don't be surprised if he takes his time in figuring out which team to play for. 

The report goes on to mention that the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins are still fighting for Manning's services, but the Broncos and Cardinals are the current top dogs.

Of course, anything could change, and this report could turn out to be false. It's tough to gauge what all is true unless it comes straight from Manning himself. 

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Both Denver and Arizona used new quarterbacks last season, but it's no secret that they could use an upgrade like Manning. 

Tim Tebow and Kevin Kolb are far from what Manning brings to the table, so it's a no-brainer for these teams to push hard in their pursuit of Manning. 

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Broncos would trade Tebow if they were able to get Manning. One would imagine the Cardinals would do the same with Kolb, despite the fact that they gave up so much for him a not too long ago. 

Seeing as how the Cardinals have the ability to close up their stadium and make it dome like, that would lead me to believe they have the upper hand against the Broncos. Manning's home games have always been in a dome, and it just makes sense that he would want that feeling again since he is so comfortable with it.

Then again, John Elway is a great pitch man, and surely he did his best in selling the Broncos on Manning.

It continues to be a whirlwind of events for Manning, but eventually we'll know which team he will suit up for next year. It appears that the Broncos and Cardinals are the likely destinations, and either would be a great fit for the veteran quarterback.

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