As the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans wait for Peyton Manning, the free agent's decision-making process is having a domino effect on other quarterbacks' choices.
Manning could announce where he will play any day as he mulls scenarios while also trying to allay teams' concerns about his health. He worked out Friday for the Broncos at Duke University and threw the following day for the Titans in Knoxville, where he starred at the University of Tennessee.
He also has had contact with the 49ers, whose interest in him might force the hand of Alex Smith, the free agent coming off a 13-3 season with San Francisco.
Smith traveled to South Florida on Sunday to meet with the Dolphins, once in the hunt for Manning. Two months removed from guiding the 49ers to the NFC Championship Game, Smith has been in talks with them but apparently is the latest quarterback caught up in the Manning saga.
"This is the NFL, so I guess nothing surprises me anymore," Smith told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I never thought a year ago Manning would be a free agent either. I'm never surprised by anything."
Like the Dolphins, the Seattle Seahawks were briefly in the Manning mix. But they officially moved on Sunday by agreeing to a three-year contract with former Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn. The deal could be worth up to $26million and includes $10million guaranteed, according to ESPN, citing a league official.
Meanwhile, the three finalists and their incumbent quarterbacks -- Smith, Tim Tebow and Matt Hasselbeck -- wait for Manning.
"We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.," Broncos vice president John Elway tweeted. "He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there."
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