NFL quarterback Peyton Manning wants to remain in the AFC, and the Kansas City Chiefs reportedly are among those pursuing the future Hall of Famer.
ESPN is reporting that 12 teams reached out to Manning's representatives after Wednesday's news conference in which he and the Indianapolis Colts owner announced that they are parting ways.
Manning will clear waivers Thursday and can then sign with a team. He reportedly wants to make his decision within a week.
Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel supported going after Manning.
"But with a talent like that, I would be crazy not to consider it if he were available," Crennel said last month.
A Chiefs spokesman declined comment Thursday afternoon about Manning's availability.
The 14-year NFL veteran missed the entire 2011 season after having his third neck surgery in 19 months. However, Manning and his camp say he is healed and can play competitively.
The Colts won just two games without Manning in 2011. The Colts have the first pick in this spring's draft and plan to take quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Chiefs don't typically draft quarterbacks in the first round during their recent history. But they have formerly signed a future Hall of Famer in his twilight years that performed well. That was the case with Joe Montana.
Manning said he is still learning about how free agency works.
"I don't know if it's like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all new to me," he told reporters Wednesday.
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