TN Pols Make Play for Manning

Peyton Manning is looking for a new home where he can set up under center, and state politicians are making no secret of their desire for the former UT gridiron titan to choose Tennessee again.

Members of the Tennessee House of Representatives “wholeheartedly” signaled a bipartisan hope that the legendary Rocky Top signal-caller “remember his roots in the Volunteer State as he makes his decision about where to play football in 2012.”

“The whereases and wherefores are legal terms to say that Peyton Manning was a great UT football player, a great pro-football player, a great Tennessean and we want him,” House Clerk Joe McCord said to the audible agreement and appreciation of the chamber.

The resolution, HJR0785, was passed easily by a voice vote.

At an event at Lipscomb University this week Gov. Bill Haslam said he’d been passing texts to Manning, and had even gone so far as to offer the superstar QB “free temporary housing in the governor’s residence” if he needs some downtime in Nashville to make a decision.

Since his release from the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, Manning, the NFL’s only four-time league MVP, has become this off-season’s most sought-after free agent. The 14-year veteran — six times the AFC’s player of the year — has been scrambling around the country meeting with teams to discuss offers.

Wednesday, Manning spent about eight hours meeting with the Titans in Nashville. Team owner Bud Adams reportedly tossed up a Hail Mary in the form of a “contract for life” if the Super Bowl XLI MVP would agree to play out his career calling plays at LP Field.