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Reports: Peyton Manning to meet with Dolphins and Titans soon

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Earlier on Monday, we told you that Peyton Manning is "highly unlikely" to make a decision before free agency begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

We also pointed out that Manning has yet to meet with the Dolphins. However, as of Monday afternoon, that changed and Miami -- along with the Titans -- reportedly got a sitdown with the quarterback.

Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel originally reported that the Dolphins are "not out of" the running for Manning quite yet.

"We're not out of it," a source told Hyde.

That jives quite well with a Monday afternoon report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who reports that Manning will meet with new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin at some point over the next three days.

Manning will also meet with the Titans, according to a report from Michael Lombardi of NFL Network. Mort confirms that such a meeting will go down in the next three days

The Dolphins were, prior to Manning's release, one of the primary favorites to land No. 18. The hype around Manning-to-South-Beach only ramped up as the quarterback returned to his condo in South Beach after a press conference in Indianapolis announcing his release from the Colts.

When Manning met with the Broncos and Cardinals over the weekend -- spending a large amount of time with each team at their facilities -- it appeared as if the Dolphins were falling behind in the race for Peyton.

This still might be true: according to Mortensen, neither the Titans nor Dolphins will meet with Manning at their team facilities. One logical reason for this is that Manning's already familiar with both. (I'm assuming he's been to Nashville before and he's played in multiple Super Bowls in Miami. He knows the facilities well.)

As a quick aside, there was a fascinating moment of new-age media that happened on this story earlier. Hyde originally tweeted that the Dolphins "were out of the running" for Manning, accidentally leaving out the word "not." His tweet spread like wildfire so quickly that people were still re-tweeting it when Hyde fired out a correction tweet.

It doesn't speak to Hyde's abilities as a journalist at all; he's very good of course. But it does speak to the dangers of social media. And, more importantly, just how insane the entire Peyton Manning Saga is -- a single tweet can flip multiple fanbases on their collective heads.
 
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