As with most high-profile free agents, a team has jumped in to the fray at the eleventh hour, when most assumed it was down to just a two-horse race.

Of course, the free agent is Peyton Manning. The mystery team? One of his former AFC South rivals, adding to the intrigue of the sweepstakes.

The Tennessean reports that Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign Manning, and is ready to make a “competitive offer” to land the future Hall of Famer.

Stop me if you’ve heard that in recent days. (Hint, hint.)

Adams told the paper that he’s contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, and is “pushing” to secure a visit from the quarterback, whose already made stops in Denver and Arizona.

He sounds like he’s serious, too.

“He is the man I want. Period,” Adams said. “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.”

However, his wishes aren’t well-reciprocated within the organization. “Indications” are that GM Ruston Webster, CEO Mike Reinfeldt and head coach Mike Munchak don’t share Adams’ enthusiasm, and aren’t ready to give up on Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker just yet.

Although the Titans offer Manning a few unique advantages — coming “home” to play in Tennessee and the chance to exact revenge on the Colts — it’s likely the 36-year-old indeed has his mind set on either the Broncos or Cardinals at this point.

Written by Zach Kelberman via FeedCrossing, Content News Source

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