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Report: Manning favors Broncos

The Broncos and Cardinals are the top candidates to land quarterback Peyton Manning and he is "leaning toward" the Broncos, reported Sunday.

If the Broncos land Manning, they will likely trade quarterback Tim Tebow, reported, with Tebow's hometown Jaguars in the mix.

Manning arrived at the Cardinals' headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday morning. The visit came a day after Manning, released last week by the Colts, talked to the Broncos.

Manning, 35, waved and nodded to fans from a sport utility vehicle driven by Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald arrived a few minutes ahead of Manning. General manager Rod Graves was at the facility when Manning got there. Team president Michael Bidwill arrived after Manning.

Manning spent about 6½ hours with the Cardinals. Afterward, Manning and Cardinals officials declined to comment.

According to several media reports, Manning wants to sign by Tuesday. Time is of the essence for the Cardinals, who must pay quarterback Kevin Kolb $7 million if he is on the roster on Thursday.

Manning was expected to go to South Florida after the visit. He has a home there, and it was not known if he planned to meet with the Dolphins. also reported the Seahawks are trying to arrange a meeting with Manning. And, Titans owner Bud Adams said he has called Manning's agent, Tom Condon. The Chiefs also are reportedly interested.

Bounty punishment reportedly this week

The Rams expect the league to announce the punishment for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams this week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. A league investigation found Williams, while the Saints coordinator, led a bounty program that rewarded players for knocking opposing players out of games. It was unclear if punishments for the Saints also will be announced this week.

Rams: The team thinks "very highly" of Alabama running back Trent Richardson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The team has the No. 6 overall pick after trading the No. 2 pick to the Redskins for first-round picks in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a second-round pick in 2012.

Moss-49ers: Receiver Randy Moss, who did not play last season, will work out for the 49ers today, reported. Moss, who in 2010 caught only 28 passes while playing for the Patriots, Vikings and Titans, worked out with the Saints last week.

Salary cap: The 2012 cap was set at $120.6 million, $225,000 more than 2011. All teams must be under the cap by Tuesday, when free agency begins.

Report: Manning favors Broncos 03/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, March 11, 2012 11:14pm]
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