NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans made their pitch to Peyton Manning and the quarterback left the team's building after spending 6 and a half hours inside Wednesday.
The next move is up to the four-time NFL MVP.
Manning walked out of the building with coach Mike Munchak at 9:05 p.m. and waved to about 50 fans who had gathered along the fence hoping for a glimpse of the quarterback. They yelled out his name, and he waved at them before getting into Munchak's SUV and driving away through a back gate.
Titans spokesman Robbie Bohren declined to comment after Manning departed.
During the long meeting, the Titan's doctor was seen entering and leaving the building. Dinner was also provided
Whether he was flying back to North Carolina wasn't immediately clear. The Titans' plane had been scheduled for another trip back to the Raleigh-Durham airport earlier Wednesday night without a departure.
Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and Chief Operating Officer Mike Reinfeldt had flown to Raleigh to bring Manning from North Carolina Wednesday to Baptist Sports Park for a meeting.
Owner Bud Adams had previously said he thinks Manning really is interested in the Titans' offer, and he expects a quick decision from the four-time MVP.
Manning's day book has reportedly included meetings with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. The Titans are his latest suitor.
Guard Fernando Velasco and defensive end Malcolm Sheppard signed deals as exclusive rights free agents.
Manning certainly has plenty of connections to Tennessee, the state where he starred at the University of Tennessee, and where his name remains a popular choice for children. His wife is from Memphis, and Manning already knows the Titans' facility a bit, having practiced against Tennessee a few years ago when the Colts came to town for some joint practices.
Munchak also was a teammate of Archie Manning in 1982 and briefly in 1983 with the then-Houston Oilers. Munchak just hired Dennis Polian - son of former Colts general manager Bill Polian - as his assistant.
The biggest key is Adams, the 89-year-old billionaire who wants back in the playoffs. His Titans have been only twice since 2004 with both trips in 2007 and 2008 lasting only one game each. When he wants a quarterback, he gets him whether it was having his Titans draft Vince Young in 2006 or signing Warren Moon away from the CFL.
The Titans already have veteran Matt Hasselbeck, signed to a three-year contract last July, and Jake Locker picked with the No. 8 overall selection in the 2011 draft. But Hasselbeck is due $5.5 million in salary this year after getting a chunk of his deal last season.
(The Associated Press/NewsChannel 5.)