Manning worked out for the Niners and Broncos this week and will do so for the Titans today. The Broncos appear to be the best fit for him, even if it means displacing the iconic Tim Tebow. Broncos EVP John Elway has a close relationship with Peyton and has been publicly non-committal towards Tebow.
Tennessee is driving hard to the hoop on Peyton, but they have Matt Hasselbeck already under contract. He's not a backup. Not yet, anyway. They'd have to either trade or release him. Manning has ties to the state of Tennessee having starred at UT in the 1990's. Owner Bud Adams wants Manning bad and is apparently offering Peyton a lifetime contract.
The Niners are a sleeper entry here. They worked Peyton out on Tuesday. The consensus is he probably won't end up there, even though San Fran is closer to a Super Bowl than Tennessee or Denver. Manning would certainly make them the favorite in the NFC. They almost made it last year without him. We're obviously rooting against this scenario.
According to Mike Florio at PFT all three teams have plenty of cap space to work with...."The Broncos lead the way with $40 million. The Titans have $26.2 million in space, and the 49ers have $23.5 million to spend."
Regardless of where he chooses to go, Manning's decision will send a rippling effect throughout the league. Let's hope he decides to stay in the AFC.