The Tennessee Titans will get their chance to meet with Peyton Manning on Wednesday, as an entourage of Titans coaches, led by Mike Munchak, will spend the day with the free agent quarterback.
TitanInsider tweeted the information of the meeting being on Wednesday earlier in the day on Tuesday.
Owner Bud Adams' private jet landed in Nashville from Houston around 2:15 p.m., with an itinerary for a follow-up flight to Raleigh-Durham Airport. However, the second part of that flight was scuttled, because of what Adams told WSMV-Channel 4 was the unavailability of a co-pilot for the chartered flight.
Instead, Adams indicated that Manning and the Titans will meet on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of the future Hall of Fame quarterback coming back to Tennessee, where he starred at the University of Tennessee and the home state of his wife. The exact location of the meeting was not revealed.
"I think that he's very interested in our offer to have him as our quarterback," Adams told WSMV via phone. "I told our people that he's the guy that I want to get on board. I want us to get back to the championship game, and I think he's the guy to get us there."
The Titans, according to what a source told TitanInsider, are believed to have a “50-50” shot of landing Manning. Other reports have said the Denver Broncos are the other most serious contender to obtain Manning.
In addition to Manning, the Titans are going after other pieces of the puzzle as well. They hosted guard Steve Hutchinson on Tuesday and were said to have a “strong possibility” of landing him. Tennessee also has had conversations with the representatives for centers Chris Myers of Houston and Scott Wells of Green Bay, who is a Nashville area native.
In addition, defensive end Mario Williams remains on the Titans' radar, though they may not be the frontrunner right now for his services. The Titans' other option at end is Atlanta Falcons free agent John Abraham, whom they have voiced an interest in having visit.
Meanwhile, on the losing end of free agents, Tennessee lost Cortland Finnegan to former Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams. Finnegan got the five-year, $50 million deal he was seeking that puts him on par with the highest-paid cornerbacks in the league.
The Rams were also visiting Tuesday evening with defensive tackle Jason Jones, who also had a visit set for Seattle, unless the Rams could lock him up with a deal before that.
Titans guard Jake Scott was on his way to Arizona for a visit Wednesday with the Cardinals.
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