Peyton Manning worked out for the Denver Broncos and was reported to have met with the San Francisco 49ers, a team previously not listed among his suitors.
Manning, 35, the National Football League’s most-coveted free agent, threw about 50 to 60 passes in front of John Elway and other Broncos officials yesterday at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
“We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.,” Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president for football operations, wrote on Twitter. “He threw the ball great and looked very comfortable out there.”
Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee when Manning played quarterback there in 1994 to 1997 and remains one of his friends, told reporters after the workout that “he can throw the ball far enough to beat people.”
“It’s hard to count the number of balls, but probably 50 or 60 balls and these are game-like throws,” Cutcliffe said. “He’s throwing the football well and he’s worked hard to get to this point.”
The NFL Network said Manning also is scheduled to work out for the Tennessee Titans at some point.
ESPN reported that Manning worked out for the 49ers and had a physical exam with a team doctor earlier this week. The network said on its website that Manning threw passes on March 13 in Durham in front of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, citing a person close to the team who requested anonymity.
Bob Lange, a spokesman for the 49ers, said last night in an e-mail that “we do not have any information to share at this time.”
A four-time league Most Valuable Player, Manning was cut by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7 after missing the 2011 season following neck-fusion surgery. Manning said at the time that he still had work left in his attempt to return to Pro Bowl form.
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