Peyton Manning Bud Adams
March 12, 2012 by staff
Peyton Manning Bud Adams, Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign Peyton Manning and says he will do whatever is necessary to convince the four-time NFL MVP to come to Tennessee, even offering up a job in the front office once his playing career ends.
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. Manning visited Denver on Friday and spent more than six hours in Arizona on Sunday.
“I want Manning,” Adams said. “I’d love to see him in Titan blue after watching him so many years with the Colts. … I want him. I am ready to do what it takes to get him aboard, and I think he’d be the guy to get us into the playoffs.”
The 89-year-old owner has watched his franchise miss the playoffs six times in the last eight seasons, with one-and-done postseason appearances in 2007 and 2008.
The last time Adams wanted to add a quarterback, the Titans drafted Vince Young in 2006. The Titans cut Young after the 2010 season in a move team officials convinced Adams had to be made.
New general manager Ruston Webster said twice in the past month that the Titans were happy with their quarterbacks. Tennessee signed Matt Hasselbeck to a three-year deal in July 2011 and used the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft on Jake Locker.
But the Titans went 9-7 in Mike Munchak’s first season as coach, just missing a playoff berth. They also have plenty of salary-cap space, with about $30 million to spend.
And Adams said Manning is the quarterback he wants.
“And the people that work for me understand that,” Adams told the newspaper. “They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans, and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”
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