When Peyton Manning was officially released from the team, his representatives were reportedly contacted by 12 NFL teams.
ESPN, citing multiple sources, said the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals were two of the teams that reached out to the representatives after the Colts’ announcement Wednesday afternoon.
Additionally, ESPN named the Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and the New York Jets as teams possibly interested in signing the quarterback.
Manning missed the entire 2011 season, as he continued to rehabilitate his neck following a number of procedures. In his absence, the Colts finished the season 2-14, prompting Irsay to make changes with the players and staff.
At the conference, Manning answered questions about his recovery and ability to throw the football.
“I’m throwing it pretty well,” said Manning. “I still have some work to do and some progress to make. I’ve come a long way and I’ve really worked hard. I can’t tell you the hours and the time I’ve put in to working hard. I really enjoy being back out there. I’ve had a chance to throw with some of my teammates. Guys like Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Austin (Collie), (Brandon) Stokley and (Jeff) Saturday has snapped to me a couple of times. That’s been the most fun part.”
Sources told NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that Manning will have significant talks with interested teams before he makes a decision. However, Manning denied having personal conversations with any team Wednesday.
"I literally have not had one conversation with anyone about these teams,” ESPN quoted Manning saying Wednesday. “It's been so hard for me trying to figure out some closure with my situation with the Colts. I haven't thought about teams, and I don't know who is interested. I really don't."
According to ESPN sources, Manning’s camp is working to decide where the quarterback will play next season by next week. Additionally, sources stated Manning prefers to stay in the AFC but is not opposed to joining the NFC.