Last week, when the news of Peyton Manning's release became official, a league source indicated that the Tennessee Titans had not made contact with the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback.
A source also told TitanInsider at the time that the Titans would only pursue Manning if owner Bud Adams intervened and said to Make it happen.
Now, a report has surfaced that Adams has indeed said, “Make it happen,” telling the Tennessean newspaper that he wants his front office to indeed pursue the former University of Tennessee star, who already being strongly courted by the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals.
Multiple sources said that it was Adams who initiated the contact with the reporter in order to get his desire for obtaining Manning into the public arena.
If the Titans are to lure Manning back to Tennessee, where he played his college football and maintains a residence, it will like be because of a promise that Adams made regarding the future, not his storied past in the state as a collegian.
Adams told the newspaper that Manning would be allowed to have a position in the Titans front office if he desired following the end of his playing career.
Rumors have circulated for months that once Manning's playing career is over that he would like to get into the administrative side of the game, and there has been speculation behind the scenes that the Titans might be a prime target for thatm if Adams or his heirs were to ever want to sell the team.
If Manning were to take Adams up on his offer, then it would open up that avenue for the future, giving Manning and his agent Tom Condon something else to think about as he picks his future destination.