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Peyton Manning spends night in Colorado after meeting with Broncos, John Elway

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  • John Elway, Peyton Manning and John Fox together at Dove Valley on March 9, 2012. Photo Credit: The Denver Post.
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There have been numerous reports that Manning is considering the quarterback position in Denver.

It is unknown at this time how likely it is that Manning would to accept the offer and what the Broncos would do with quarterback Tim Tebow.

9NEWS has confirmed that Manning left that facility on Friday night and spent the night in Colorado. The source told 9NEWS Manning would reassess things Saturday morning.

John Elway and Brian Xanders arrived at Dove Valley on Saturday morning, but there was no sign of Manning.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there has been no update from Dove Valley.

Manning arrived just after 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Centennial Airport and he and Elway went to Dove Valley.

The team says the four-time MVP was at the Broncos headquarters Friday afternoon, meeting with club officials. Elway, Manning and head coach John Fox chatted while taking a tour of the team's practice field and heading to the weight room.

Manning then went into a closed-door meeting that lasted for several hours.

"The best quarterback to ever play football," fan Joe Lawson said about Manning on Friday.

Lawson was among many Broncos fans who gathered outside of Dove Valley after learning about Manning's visit.

"He's still a top three quarterback that's ever played the game. He's an offensive coordinator in the zone. He's brilliant. If we can get half of what he was, it's better than Tebow," Jason Stockhoff, another fan, said.

"This is football. It's pro football. There's no messing around. He's got a couple of good years left in him. Let's go for it," Tom Duprey, another fan, said.  

According to The Denver Post, the Broncos sent a plane to pick up Manning in South Florida, where he has a condo. He had traveled there after an emotional news conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday, when he said goodbye to the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 1998 and he led to the 2007 Super Bowl championship.

The plane then stopped in Stillwater, Okla., where Elway, Fox and Broncos general manager Brian Xanders were watching Oklahoma State's pro day. That contingent joined Manning, and everyone flew back to Denver, the Post reported.

ESPNews carried live coverage of the flight arriving at an airport in Denver, then also followed Manning's car ride to Broncos team headquarters, an indication of the frenzy being stirred up by Manning's courtship.

And this was only Day 1.

The Broncos are merely one of perhaps a half-dozen - or more - clubs that are thought to be seriously interesting in signing Manning, even though he turns 36 later this month and is coming off a series of neck operations. He missed all of last season, and the Colts decided to cut ties rather than pay a $28 million bonus that was due this week.

Arizona, Miami, Kansas City, Seattle, Tennessee, Washington and the New York Jets all are considered possible destinations; Manning's former offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, Tom Moore, worked for the Jets as a consultant last season.

It's not very often that teams get a chance to sign a QB who's thrown for more than 50,000 yards and nearly 400 touchdowns, been picked for 11 Pro Bowls, and been a Super Bowl MVP. Manning's importance to the Colts' success was never more apparent than last season, when their record plummeted to 2-14 without him.

Because he was released and went on the waiver wire Wednesday, Manning is allowed to negotiate and sign with any club immediately; he does not need to wait until the free-agent period that begins next Tuesday.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt confirmed in an interview with NBC Sports Network that was scheduled to air Friday evening that his team is pursuing Manning.

"I don't know how important money will be to him, but I'm sure it will be part of the equation," Hunt said. "He's going to be looking for an environment that he's comfortable in."

He declined to say whether the Chiefs already have offered Manning a contract.

"I don't think it would be appropriate for me to talk about discussions at this point," Hunt said, "but he is somebody that we'll want to talk to."

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9NEWS Reporter Matt Flener took video of Manning arriving:

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