Quarterback Peyton Manning, who will be released by the Indianapolis Colts, speaks during a news conference in Indianapolis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Manning, 35, who missed all of last season after a series of operations on his neck, has been the Colts' staring quarterback for 13 seasons, won a record four MVP awards and the 2006 Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Updated: March 9, 2012 4:13PM
DENVER — The first stop on the Peyton Manning tour of NFL suitors looks to be the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Post reported Friday that the team sent a plane to Miami to pick up Manning at his home while John Elway, the vice president of football operations, coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders watched Oklahoma State’s pro day.
The plane then stopped to pick up the Broncos’ contingent and flew back to Denver, where television footage shown by ESPN appeared to capture Manning getting off the aircraft.
A four-time MVP, Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, who balked at paying a $28 million bonus on the quarterback after a series of neck injuries.
Perhaps a half-dozen or more teams are seriously interested in signing Manning.