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AP source: Manning chooses Denver Broncos

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2010 file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) greets Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) at an NFL game, in Denver. Manning is negotiating to join the Broncos, ESPN reported Monday, March 19, 2012. Citing anonymous sources, ESPN said that the four-time MVP has instructed agent Tom Condon to negotiate the details of a deal with Denver. (AP Photo/Greg Trott) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT TV OUT

DENVER — Peyton Manning wants to play for the Denver Broncos in Act II of his outstanding career.

A person briefed on negotiations said the NFL's only four-time MVP called Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams and told him that he had picked the Broncos. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

Adams released a statement Monday confirming the Titans were out of the running and told The Tennessean: "He called me himself and told me he wasn't coming, that he made his mind up to go with Denver."

ESPN first reported Manning instructed his agent to negotiate the details of a deal with the Broncos, less than two weeks after the quarterback became a free agent when the Indianapolis Colts released him.

Manning sat out all of 2011 because of multiple neck surgeries, but his success in the past has made him this offseason's most sought-after player.


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