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Titans, others play waiting game after Manning meeting

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Peyton Manning met with Tennessee Titans team executives at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville on Wednesday for more than eight hours.

Manning smiled and waved to the dozens of fans assembled outside the fence as he left the team's facilities around 9 p.m.

Just before 9:30 p.m., Manning was seen boarding the Titans team plane at Nashville International Airport. The plane departed for Raleigh, NC, where it was scheduled to land just before 12 a.m. EDT.

During the course of the day's meetings, several people were seen entering and leaving the building, including the Titans team doctor.

Titans officials have not released any information about their meeting with Manning, however owner Bud Adams spoke again Wednesday evening with Channel 4 about the ongoing talks.

"Things are moving along fairly well, I'd say," Adams said. "I think he was very pleased with what he saw with our operations."

Adams said Manning's day included a call from Gov. Bill Haslam, who welcomed Manning back to Tennessee.

And although Adams did not indicate if a formal offer is on the table, he said he believed Manning would be deciding soon between the several teams who have expressed interest.

"He's going to make his mind up, I think, fairly soon," Adams said. "Hopefully we'd be in the running there."

Peyton arrives in Nashville

Titans head coach Mike Munchak, general manager Ruston Webster and owner Bud Adams' Chief Operating Officer in Tennessee had arrived with Manning at Nashville International Airport at approximately 2:12 p.m.

They then traveled to the team's facilities, where they arrived around 2:40 p.m.

Manning was wearing an orange shirt, which encouraged the UT fans hoping Manning would sign with the Titans.

Earlier Wednesday, Titans executives met Manning at the Raleigh-Durham airport in North Carolina.

Manning has been working out in recent weeks at Duke University in Durham, NC. Duke's head football coach David Cutcliffe was a coach at the University of Tennessee when Manning was quarterback there in the 1990s.

Bud Adams speaks with Channel 4

Titans owner Adams said he is optimistic at the prospects of the Titans landing the coveted free agent quarterback.  Adams spoke with Channel 4's Rudy Kalis from Houston by phone on Tuesday.

"I think that he's very interested in our offer to have him as our quarterback," Adams said.

Adams said Manning has narrowed his choices for a possible team destination to four or five franchises, and Adams is committed to whatever it takes to bring him to Nashville.

"I told our people that he's the guy that I want to get on board," Adams said. "I want us to get back to the championship game, and I think he's the guy to get us there."

Titans representatives plan to fly out of Nashville early Wednesday to meet with Manning, so they can have a full day to speak with the All-Pro quarterback.

Adams also added that he didn't think current Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck is concerned that the team is pursuing Manning.

He said he thought Hasselbeck would understand the ongoing process.

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