Seahawks flew to Denver to woo Manning

The Seahawks were serious enough about trying to land Peyton Manning that team officials flew to Denver to try to set up a meeting when the free-agent QB visited the Broncos for the first time, according to league sources.

The Seahawks hoped to accommodate Manning’s schedule and get some time with him since he already was on the road, but he didn’t deviate from his schedule, and ultimately, Seattle didn’t get a meeting with him.

The Seahawks wanted Manning to see their facilities and were prepared to make a very serious pitch, but the QB personally whittled down the list to a few teams with whom he would personally meet. Seattle later signed Matt Flynn to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job.

The bold move on the Seahawks’ part showed how serious they were about Manning, but it was in contrast to how other suitors operated, in which they waited for the QB or his camp to contact them first to set up the ground rules for meetings and how the process would unfold. Manning personally handled many of the logistics and conversations.

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