Peyton Manning Rumors: Titans Owner Bud Adams Says, “I Want Mr. Manning With The Titans…”

While the rest of the sports world was filling out brackets, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams inserted himself into the news cycle by telling The Tennessean that he wants the Titans to sign Peyton Manning.

“He is the man I want. Period,” Adams said. “And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”


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Prior to Adams’s plea for Manning, the Titans front office had said that it was happy with its quarterback tandem of veteran Matt Hasselback and 2011 first-round pick Jake Locker. Adams acknowledges that Locker is the team’s long-term solution but maintains that he’ll be “upset” if Manning isn’t a Titan.

Adams generally doesn’t get involved in personnel decisions unless they involve a franchise quarterback. The 85-year-old team owner and AFL pioneer insisted that Tennessee draft Vince Young as the third overall pick in the 2006 draft and make Young the starter after an 0-6 start in 2009.

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.

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