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Teams line up for Peyton Manning

UPDATED: Manning has informed the Broncos he would

UPDATED: Manning has informed the Broncos he would like to play for them in 2012, according to a report.
Quarterback, Colts

2011 stats: Did not play
2011 contract: $18 million
It's going to be hard to imagine Manning not in a Colts jersey, but that is a reality as the future Hall of Famer was released from his contract, making him the biggest free agent of the offseason. He missed the 2011 season because of neck problems that required four surgeries in the past two years. Manning, who will be 36 by the time the 2012 season in underway, is the active leader in passing yards (54,828), touchdowns (399) and completions (4,682).
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Within hours of his emotional farewell to the Colts, teams started lining up to inquire about Peyton Manning. In all, 12 teams have reached out to Manning's representatives, according to an ESPN report. 

It's not surprising, given the rare availability of a future Hall of Fame quarterback, even one who has had four neck surgeries in the last two years. 

Among the teams interested: the Jets, Dolphins, Redskins, Cardinals, Seahawks, Broncos, Jaguars, Chiefs and possibly the 49ers. The fact that a dozen teams put out feelers about Manning suggests that there are several other teams that have previously not been linked to Manning who are at least making inquiries. That could mean teams like the Eagles, Titans, Texans, Browns and Cowboys might be exploring their options.

Manning was released yesterday by the Colts, who would have had to pay him a $28 million roster bonus today to retain his rights. 


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