Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Titans eye Steve Hutchinson and Peyton Manning

As Tennessee plots its push for free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, the Titans plan to host a visit for former Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, league sources said Tuesday.
One goal of signing Hutchinson would be to make Tennessee even more appealing to Manning, who is close to the guard from the time they've spent together at multiple Pro Bowls in Hawaii.
But Hutchinson also was on the Titans' radar even before the Manning pursuit began, as they want to beef up the interior line with a veteran leader. Hutchinson also is very close to Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, as well, from their days together in Seattle.

The Titans were also preparing to make a major run at Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams, but the organization has shifted its focus to Manning, a league source said.
Manning met with Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and other staff members for roughly five to six hours Monday night in Indianapolis, according to sources.
He was expected to meet with Titans coach Mike Munchak and a number of Titans offensive assistants on Tuesday or Wednesday, =sources said.
Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard, was a teammate of Manning's father, Archie, during the 1982 and 1983 seasons with the Houston Oilers.
"I want Manning," Titans owner Bud Adams told The Tennessean on Sunday. "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 Titans already have Hasselbeck, signed to a three-year contract last July, and Jake Locker, picked with the No. 8 overall selection in the 2011 draft. But Hasselbeck is due $5.5 million in salary this year after getting a chunk of his deal last season.
Manning, who has already met with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, has continued to rehab his shoulder and neck.
He is expected to resume his throwing regimen -- most likely at Duke University, where he threw last week -- while he analyzes his free-agent choices with no apparent deadline in place to make a decision, a source added.

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