Report: Manning felt 'close' to Munchak during search for team

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 5:48pm
Staff reports

Any question about how the Tennessee Titans, and particularly coach Mike Munchak, fared in their dealings with quarterback Peyton Manning seemingly is answered in a report by Peter King currently on Sports Illustrated’s website.

"I wish I hadn't gotten so close to [Munchak]," Manning said.

King spoke to Manning and other key figures who were involved in Manning’s search for a new team, which played out over a week and a half and took the former University of Tennessee star to numerous states.

The story details the quarterback’s efforts to avoid media scrutiny — particularly in Tennessee — and reveals that he confided in several notable people, including former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy and Bill Parcells. In fact, according to the story, Manning made a last-minute change of site of his workout for the Titans when he saw a crowd gathered at the UT football facility.

"Just keep driving, and when you get close, call me, and I'll tell you where to go,” Manning reportedly told Munchak that day.

They ended up at Webb School in Knoxville.

According to King, it came down to a choice between the Titans, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. Most reports presumed that the San Francisco 49ers and not the Cardinals were among the ‘finalists.’

Manning made his decision on March 18, a Sunday, and informed the teams the next day.

7 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 3/28/12 at 5:57

In spite of what Mr. Adams said he was willing to do/pay to get
Peyton, I still wonder if when he heard how much it would actually
cost, cold feet shut that offer down immediately! In spite of large
statewide fan base I also suspect great decision was fastest trip
to Super Bowl would be Denver not Tenn for this 36 yr old!

By: gdiafante on 3/28/12 at 7:58

The fastest trip to the Super Bowl would have been San Francisco, though Denver is a lot closer than Tennessee.

By: Marymeet on 3/28/12 at 1:41

Not a football fan, but he's getting paid $95,000,000. I can think of a lot better ways of spending that kind of money.

It really is a spotlight on values in America. Sad.

By: BigPapa on 3/28/12 at 2:05

Totally off topic but...

Any word on when Plaster is going to come back to the radio? Can he stand being #2 to 3HL in the drive time slot? Will he again bring in the same tire bunch he's had around since 1991?

By: TITAN1 on 3/28/12 at 2:26

gd, why do care care abut Tennessee, you no longer live here. Get over us, son.

By: shinestx on 3/28/12 at 4:58

I heard that Peyton swung that way, but never heard it about Coach Munchak.

Wow! I had not heard the great news that GD doesn't live here anymore. Yay!

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