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Manning picks Broncos over Titans

The Tennessee Titans lost out in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes to the Denver Broncos.

ESPN first reported the story and a source confirmed the news to TitanInsider a short time later.

The question is, have the Titans lost out much more than just on Manning while waiting for his free agent decision to come down.

In short order, a defense that was already suspect has lost Cortland Finnegan (though the Titans were prepared that he would walk way) and Jason Jones, whom they wanted to keep but lost out to Seattle.

In addition to that, two defensive ends the Titans had set their sights on never even got to Baptist Sports Park for a visit, as Mario Williams signed with Buffalo and John Abraham re-upped in Atlanta. The Titans had interest in looking at both, with Williams their big target prior to the start of free agency.

If there is a fallback option, the Titans had a good visit with New England Patriots free agent Mark Anderson, who has one more visit to make tonight before he makes his decision. Chances are, given the sting left by losing out on Manning and the top two defensive end free agents, the Titans will want to try and make a run at Anderson, who had 10 sacks in 2011. Tennessee is also hosting Kamerion Wimbley, who was released by the Oakland Raiders in a salary cap move. He has been mostly a 3-4 linebacker, but can play end in a 4-3.

Tennessee also, according to a source, lost out on free agent center Scott Wells, whom they coveted. Wells was all set to head to the Titans, but Tennessee could not commit the necessary cap space to sign him due to having to wait on Manning.

Thus far, the Titans only have Steve Hutchinson, who should help solidify the offensive line, to show for their efforts in free agency from the outside.

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