Peyton Manning could be on the verge of choosing to play for the Tennessee Titans, according to multiple sources. While the Peyton watch seems likely to be down to the Titans or Denver Broncos, the signing of offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson by Tennessee appears to give them to current edge to land the former NFL MVP of the Indianapolis Colts.
Hutchinson and Manning became close after playing together in countless Pro-Bows for the AFC, and his signing of a three year contract might just be enough to be the final straw to convince Manning to return home to the state where he played collegiately at the University of Tennessee and became one of the state’s most beloved athletes of all time.
If that is not enough, Titans owner Bud Adams is reportedly set to offer Manning a lifetime contract. That is basically unheard of when it comes to professional sports, but if it is what would make Manning choose the Titans, Adams appears ready to present the offer.
Tennessee already had a rather solid offensive line last season, as Matt Hasselbeck was sacked or pressured or hit the second least of any quarterback in the NFL last season, and it is not as if Hasselbeck is a mobile quarterback. If Manning does choose Tennessee, he would most likely be very well protected.
But it is not just about the line or the contract or the fact that his friends are joining the team. Tennessee offers Manning the choice to come home.
That could be enough to make this deal happen within the next couple of weeks.