HOUSTON – Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams told Houston sports reporter Matt Musil of KHOU that he has offered free agent quarterback Peyton Manning a contract "For Life" to stay in Tennessee.
Manning was in Nashville on Wednesday to meet with Titans head coach Mike Munchak and other team personnel.
Adams, who still lives in Houston, went on to say that because Manning is so well respected in Tennessee, he feels that it would be the perfect spot for the future Hall of Famer to sign.
In addition to the Titans, Manning has visited the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins since being released by the Indianapolis Colts last week.
Bud Adams added that he "feels great" about their chances to land Manning.
He also didn’t seem deterred by Manning’s health status, as he told Matt Musil he had spoken with several doctors involved in the quarterback’s recovery. He said he isn’t concerned with Peyton’s arm strength at this point because, in his estimation, it’s not as strong as it was before his last year’s surgery.
"I’m only concerned how strong it is in September, when he starts the regular season," said Adams during the phone interview with Matt Musil.
He added that he really likes Titans 2nd year quarterback Jake Locker and believes he has a great future, but with the chance to get someone as special as Peyton Manning, he just feels like he has to "go for it."
The longtime owner said he was happy to see the positive response from so many Titans fans who are hoping Manning will return to the state where he played collegiately at the University of Tennessee.