Manning meets with Miami, free agency period starts Tuesday

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John Elway, Peyton Manning, John Fox

John Elway, Peyton Manning and John Fox at Denver Broncos headquarters. March 9, 2012

DENVER – The NFL free agency period begins at 2 p.m. MDT Tuesday, and Peyton Manning has not chosen which team he wants to play for as of late Monday.

He reportedly met with Miami Dolphins management in Indianapolis for about seven hours Monday.

There were reports that the Denver Broncos engaged in preliminary contract talks with Peyton Manning’s agent.

He had a lengthy visit with the Broncos Friday and Saturday, and the team still felt good Monday about its chances of landing the free agent quarterback.

NFL.com still listed Denver as the slight frontrunner in the so-called “Manning sweepstakes.” Although other interested teams entered the picture.

Besides the reported meeting with the Dolphins, there was talk Manning also planned to meet with the Tennessee Titans.

“He is the man I want. Period,” Titans owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean newspaper on Sunday. “And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”

It’s unknown if Manning, who played college football at the University of Tennessee, is seriously considering the Titans as a possible suitor.

The Broncos and Cardinals are still considered to be his favorites. He spent a long time in Arizona after leaving Denver Saturday.

Last week, Manning, 35, was released by the Indianapolis Colts who balked at paying him a $28 million bonus. He missed the entire 2011 season while recovering from neck surgery.

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