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QB tour lands in Arizona

Manning meets with Cardinals

Associated Press / March 12, 2012
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Peyton Manning had another marathon session during the second stop in his search for a new team.

The free agent quarterback spent nearly 6 1/2 hours at the Cardinals’ headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday in meetings designed to lure the superstar to the desert. The session was even longer than the nearly six hours Manning spent at the Broncos’ facility in Denver on Friday.

Manning waved and smiled at cheering fans as he walked from the building to coach Ken Whisenhunt’s white SUV. With the coach at the wheel, Manning waved again as the car pulled through the security gate and past the loud supporters.

Manning was expected to return to his home in Florida. It was unclear whether the four-time MVP will meet with the Dolphins.

Titans owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean on Sunday that he has contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, to express his interest and ask for the quarterback to visit the Titans. Adams, 89, said he will be upset if he doesn’t land the former Indianapolis Colts star.

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill left immediately after Manning and Whisenhunt did. No one involved in the session spoke to reporters.

Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the game and considered a prime reason why Manning might choose Arizona, arrived a few minutes ahead of Manning, then left after about three hours. He had a scheduled flight to Australia for a vacation later in the day.

General manager Rod Graves and most of the members of Whisenhunt’s staff also were there, including offensive coordinator Larry Miller, offensive line and assistant head coach Russ Grimm, and defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Wide receiver Andre Roberts spent several hours there, as did Lisa Manning (no relation), the Cardinals’ vice president for marketing.

Manning, the four-time MVP, was released by the Colts as the lead move in the team’s massive restructuring. With Manning out the entire season while undergoing a series of neck surgeries, Indianapolis is expected to select quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in the draft.

Manning wants to make a decision in the next few days. Time is important for the Cardinals, who are set to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb $7 million if he’s on the roster Thursday.

Small rise in salary cap

The NFL salary cap for 2012 is $120.6 million, barely above last year’s figure. The league informed the 32 teams that the cap has gone up by $225,000. Teams must be under the cap by Tuesday, when free agency begins.

If a club has salary-cap room at the end of the season, it can carry it over to 2013 as long as it notifies the league by the day before the 2012 season ends.

Unrestricted free agents can sign with a team beginning Tuesday through July 22 or the opening day of the first training camp, whichever is later.

Restricted free agents can sign until April 20. Franchise players have until Nov. 13 to sign - if they haven’t they must sit out the season.

49ers to watch Moss

A person with knowledge of the situation says wide receiver Randy Moss will work out on Monday for the 49ers. The former All-Pro is attempting to make a comeback after a year out of pro football. Moss, 35, who worked out last Tuesday with the Saints, played for the Patriots, Minnesota, and Tennessee in a rocky 2010 season . . . Lawyers for Ryan McBean and D.J. Williams, two of three Broncos suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy, are likely to file a lawsuit in Colorado as soon as Monday in an attempt to overturn the rulings.

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