Peyton Visits With Cardinals

Posted: March 12, 2012

PEYTON MANNING had another marathon session during the second stop in his search for a new team.

The free-agent quarterback spent nearly 6 1/2 hours at the Cardinals' headquarters and training facility in Tempe, Ariz., yesterday in meetings designed to lure the superstar to the desert.

The session was even longer than the nearly 6 hours Manning spent at the Broncos' facility in Denver on Friday night.

Manning waved and smiled at cheering fans as he walked from the building to coach Ken Whisenhunt's white SUV.

Manning was expected to return to his home in Florida.

It was unclear whether the four-time MVP planned to meet with the Dolphins.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill left immediately after Manning and Whisenhunt did. No one involved in the session spoke to reporters.

Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the game and considered a prime reason why Manning might choose Arizona, arrived a few minutes ahead of Manning, then left after about 3 hours.

General manager Rod Graves and most of the members of Whisenhunt's staff, including offensive coordinator Larry Miller, offensive line and assistant head coach Russ Grimm and defensive coordinator Ray Horton also were there. Wide receiver Andre Roberts spent several hours there, as did Lisa Manning (no relation), the Cardinals' vice president for marketing.

Bidwill arrived about an hour and a half after Manning did.

Manning, who turns 36 on March 24, reportedly wants to make a decision in the next few days. Time is of the essence for the Cardinals, who are scheduled to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb $7 million if he is on the roster Thursday.

Manning was released by the Colts as the lead move in the team's massive restructuring of its roster. With Manning out the entire season while undergoing a series of neck surgeries, Indianapolis had the worst record in the NFL and is expected to select quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Manning has reported good progress as he works to regenerate nerves in his neck and regain his throwing form., citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported yesterday the Broncos would likely attempt to trade Tim Tebow if they signed Manning.

Tebow took over from Kyle Orton after the Broncos struggled to a 1–4 start last season.

Noteworthy * 

Wide receiver Randy Moss is scheduled to work out with San Francisco, according to an ESPN report, which cited a league source. Moss, who last played in the NFL in 2010, worked out for New Orleans last week.

* The NFL informed its 32 teams that the salary cap for 2012 is $120.6 million, barely above last year's figure.

The league informed the 32 teams yesterday that the cap has gone up by $225,000. All teams must be under the cap by tomorrow, when free agency begins.

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