Mar 19, 2012
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wasn't shy about wanting Peyton Manning to guide his team, going so far as to offer the veteran quarterback a contract “for life.”
On Monday, the four-time NFL MVP made the decision to pursue a contract with the Denver Broncos, leaving the 89-year-old Adams and the Titans out of the mix.
“I want to thank the whole organization for their efforts in trying to sign Peyton and also to Peyton for the time he put into the process,” Adams said in a statement. “Peyton called me this morning to inform me of his decision and obviously I am disappointed, because I thought we would be a perfect fit.
“Now that we move forward, I want our fans to know that our expectations haven't changed - winning a championship is still the goal. I like our quarterback situation moving forward and we will continue to build the team through free agency and the draft with that goal in mind.”
Adams credited veteran Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker, saying the latter is the team's future franchise quarterback.