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Decision time soon for Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning and the Colts should offer the

Peyton Manning and the Colts should offer the Giants' defense a much tougher test than they had in Week 1 against Carolina. (Sept. 12, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

And now, we wait ... 

Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning completed a trip to Denver and Arizona over the weekend, and it reportedly not expected to visit any other teams. That could change, of course, but it appears the Broncos and Cardinals have emerged as the clear front-runners in the chase for Manning, this after a dozen teams contacted his representatives last Wednesday to make a push for him. 

A decision could come as soon as tomorrow. 

Manning visited for more than six hours at each team's facilities over the weekend, and returned late last night to his off-season home in south Florida. He met with the Broncos on Saturday and then the Cardinals on Sunday. Manning has indicated that there are no additional trips planned, and speculation now centers on Denver and Arizona as the teams in the best position to sign the soon-to-be 36-year-old quarterback. 

Give credit to Manning for not drawing the process out, especially if he makes his decision this week. The last time there was a free agent with such a big name on the open market was in 1993, when Eagles free agent defensive end Reggie White was available. But White dragged his search out for several weeks, and made half a dozen trips before finally settling on the Packers. It took more than five weeks for White to settle on the Packers, where he signed on April 9. 

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