Pursuit of Manning will begin as soon as possible

The pursuit of Peyton Manning is expected to begin as soon as possible, according to several executives who have interest in the free-agent to be.

I spoke to several club officials from teams who would have interest in Manning and, if he’s released Wednesday, as expected, they expect teams to begin contacting his agent, Tom Condon, shortly after the transaction becomes official.

“I would think you might as well make that call and get your name in there,” one official said. “You call to express interest and then monitor the situation.”

No one knows Manning’s full medical situation, the officials stressed, and they aren’t so sure that Manning would immediately start making visits or be prepared to throw for teams right away. Team officials expressed belief that it’s possible that Manning ends up holding one workout rather than traveling to the 6-8 teams expected to show the most serious interest.

According to league sources, the Cardinals, Dolphins, Jets, Redskins and Seahawks  will pursue Manning. The Broncos, Chiefs and 49ers are also being discussed by general managers around the league as teams that could push for Manning.

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