INDIANAPOLIS On Saturday, Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel let it slip that the Chiefs would be interested in pursuing the four-time league MVP - if the Colts let him leave as a free agent.
"I'm not supposed to talk about anybody else's players, and he's still a player with Indianapolis," Crennel said, "but with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available. I'll leave it at that."
In September, the 35-year-old quarterback had surgery on his neck to repair a damaged nerve that was causing weakness in his throwing arm. It was the third known neck surgery in 19 months. Indy holds the No. 1 overall pick in April, and team owner Jim Irsay already has said the Colts will use it to select the next franchise quarterback, perhaps making Manning expendable.
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Baltimore: Perennial Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed spoke with coach John Harbaugh and confirmed he plans to return for an 11th NFL season.
Denver: Broncos vice president John Elway said he hopes Tim Tebow is the team's long-term solution at quarterback.
It was a step beyond Elway's statement at season's end that Tebow would be the starter going into training camp.
Houston: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that quarterback Matt Schaub no longer wears a boot to protect the foot that ended his 2011 season.
Schaub was diagnosed with a Lisfranc fracture after getting hurt against Tampa Bay on Nov. 13.He is expected to be fully recovered sometime in May but will be held out of the Texans' offseason mini-camps.
Indianapolis: Mayor Greg Ballard says the city that just hosted its first Super Bowl wants to do it again in the near future.
Indianapolis probably wouldn't host the game again until at least 2017. Super Bowls are booked through 2015, and Indy is committed to hosting the Women's Final Four basketball tournament in 2016.
N.Y. Giants: Giants general manager Jerry Reese says he's unsure whether defensive end Osi Umenyiora would take less money to finish his career in New York.
The two have not spoken since the Super Bowl parade and Reese says he wouldn't call the decision about a long-term deal a "pressing matter." He expects to meet with Umenyiora's agent soon.
St. Louis: New Rams coach Jeff Fisher might be willing to pick up receiver Randy Moss.
After the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings let Moss go in 2010, Fisher took a chance on him while still coaching the Tennessee Titans. Moss, 35, did little in Nashville, with six catches and 80 yards in eight games before he retired.
"There's a number of players out there," Fisher said. "You guys know my familiarity with Randy. I thought he was great for our locker room."