Yahoo! Sports Doug Farrar has the news that every Kansas City Chiefs fan (and Seattle Seahawks fan for that matter) is hoping to hear: there's still a chance. Farrar reports that an earlier report (see what's happening here) was incorrect and that both teams are still potentially in the hunt for Peyton Manning despite no formals visits having taken place. At this point, it's impossible to know which direction is up.
Farrar writes, 'What Klis reported, after speaking to someone, is that the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are out of the running. Both teams contacted Manning and requested that he come to their facilities, but were rebuffed -- at least according to Klis. However, Eric Williams of the Tacoma News-Tribune reported on Sunday night that the door is still open for the Seahawks, and that Manning did not specifically refuse to visit the team's facilities. And an NFL source told Shutdown Corner on Sunday night that the Chiefs are still in the hunt as well."
The Chiefs are wanting to bring in competition for Matt Cassel this offseason, but Manning would trump that move and give the Chiefs the elite-level starter they haven't had in, well, a very, very long time. If the Chiefs end up not being able to sign Manning, then they will likely pursue Kyle Orton as the back-up prize.
Manning has visited the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday and the Denver Broncos before that, and both teams have been considered the frontrunners for his services. That said, his agent has not been with him at all, there has been no physicals given and apparently there's also been no formal contract offers made from either time. At this point, it's all conjecture, smiles and nods and some rumors and counter-rumors. Proceed accordingly.