Peyton Manning spent six-and-a-half hours visiting the Tennessee Titans practice facility on Wednesday before heading back to North Carolina to decide his next NFL locale.
While in Nashville, Manning got something extra to think about, according to KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston. Adams told the TV station he had offered the star quarterback a contract "for life," if he would join the Titans organization.
Manning arrived at Baptist Sports Park around 2:30 p.m. CDT after having been flown to Nashville on owner Bud Adams' private jet with head coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and chief operating
officer Mike Reinfeldt on the flight to bring him to town.
The plane originally departed Nashville with a listed destination of Atlanta, but was “diverted” during the flight to Raleigh-Durham Airport, where Manning has been working out at Duke University under the direction of Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe, his offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee.
Once back in Nashville, the plane landed back at Nashville International, not at John Tune Airport as had been the listed destination on a flight.
Manning spent his time at Baptist Sports Park meeting with Titans coach and officials, and team physician Burton Elrod was on hand for about 90 minutes. The Titans do not have the equipment on site at their facility to perform an MRI or do to a complete physical on Manning, who has had four neck procedures in the past two years and missed all of the 2011 season.
Still, the presence of the medical staff at the meeting with Manning was said to be "a big deal," by one league source, as the doctors can help to interpret and explain any possible ramifications regarding Manning's injury.
At around 9:06 p.m. CDT, Manning emerged and left with Munchak who took him back to the airport where the plane transported him back to North Carolina.
Now, the Titans join the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins and wait to see where the future Hall of Fame quarterback will pick as his destination just over a week after being released by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 years.
The Titans were late entrants into the pursuit of Manning, doing so after Adams went public in a local newspaper story on Sunday.
Tennessee's off-season goal had been to improve the defense and stick with incumbent quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, while pouring their energy into perhaps landing free agent defensive end Mario Williams.
The Titans are not out of the chase for Williams, but he remained in Buffalo, the site of his first free agent visit.
In other Titans-related free agent news, Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells visited Baptist Sports Park on Wednesday. Wells is a Nashville area resident, having played high school football at nearby Brentwood Academy and at the University of Tennessee. Efforts to reach Wells' agent by phone were unsuccessful on Wednesday.
The Titans are looking to shore up the interior of the offensive line and on Tuesday hosted guard Steve Hutchinson.
Tennessee is also still in the chase to retain defensive lineman Jason Jones, who spent Wednesday in St. Louis visiting former Titans coach Jeff Fisher. However, he was scheduled to leave and make his visit to Seattle on Thursday.