Spoiler Alert: Panini America Knows What's in the Cards for Peyton Manning

March 18, 2012

UPDATE: Monday morning several news outlets reported that Peyton Manning picked the Denver Broncos. ESPN’s Adam Schefter Tweeted out that Manning called John Elway to notify him of the decision and that he has informed the other teams he was going to the Broncos. 
UPDATE: Friday was a busy day in Manning Mania. Just two days after the NFL world was convinced Peyton Manning was going to end up in Tennessee following more than eight hours of meetings with the Titans, seemingly everyone in the Denver Broncos’ organization flew to North Carolina for a follow-up meeting with Manning and to work him out. It was also revealed on Friday that Manning had already worked out for the 49ers earlier in the week, adding a dark-horse contender in the Manning sweepstakes.
One day, the Denver Broncos are front runners. The next, it’s the Arizona Cardinals. But the Tennessee Titans are still alive. And, just maybe, the Miami Dolphins have a chance, too.

Indeed, seemingly every day in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes — one of the biggest free agent stories in NFL history — generates a juicy new headline.
For the record, Manning reportedly met with the Titans’ brass today on the heels of last week’s well-publicized visits with the Broncos and Cardinals. In the meantime, I managed to secure a clandestine face-to-face meeting of my own, with Panini America prepress guru Robert Greinke, in an attempt to extract a little levity from all this Manning mania.
Ultimately, Manning’s high-profile meetings will net the same result as my meeting with Greinke already has: The four-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion will be playing for a team other than the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. And we have the football card evidence below to prove it.
Greinke crafted the following four fantasy football cards — one each depicting Manning with his most likely destinations — using Panini America’s 2012 Prestige Football design. One thing’s for certain: One of these four cards will be arguably the most coveted single card of the summer.
WARNING: The following football card images are graphic. Seeing Manning in a new uniform after 14 seasons with the Colts can be quite jarring.
After you’ve appreciated the gallery, vote in the poll to tell us which team you’d prefer Manning sign with.

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