March 12, 2012 in Sports

Manning visits with Cardinals


TEMPE, Ariz. – Peyton Manning arrived at the Arizona Cardinals’ headquarters Sunday, the second stop for the star free agent in his search for a new team.

Manning waved and nodded to photographers and reporters from the passenger side of a white SUV driven by coach Ken Whisenhunt as it passed through the facility’s security gate in the morning.

Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the game and considered a prime reason Manning might choose Arizona, arrived a few minutes ahead of Manning. General manager Rod Graves and offensive line coach Russ Grimm were already at the facility when Manning got there. Team president Michael Bidwill arrived after Manning.

Manning arrived Saturday night from Denver, where he had met with Broncos officials. He was expected to go to his Florida home after his Cardinals visit. It was unclear whether he still planned to meet with the Dolphins.

Manning reportedly wants to make a decision in the next few days. Time is of the essence for the Cardinals, who are scheduled to pay quarterback Kevin Kolb $7 million if he is on the roster Thursday.

In addition to Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have a coach who is flexible in his approach to the game. He built a team around Kurt Warner and gave the veteran quarterback free rein to change the plays at the line of scrimmage. As a result, the long-suffering Cardinals made a surprise run to the Super Bowl in the 2008 season and captured the NFC West title again the next year.

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