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Updated Mar 14, 2012 - 10:40 am

Schefter: Cardinals in 'second category'

It's been a full week since Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning held their emotional press conference announcing that the future Hall of Famer was done in Indy.

Since then, Manning has embarked on a whirlwind tour of visits that's taken him from Miami to Denver to Phoenix to Indianapolis to Raleigh-Durham, where he's set to meet with the Tennessee Titans.

And in that week, the group of the likeliest cities for Manning to call home has changed a little bit, at least according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Last week, Schefter had the Arizona Cardinals in a group of "final four" landing spots along with the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

Seven days later, Schefter still has four teams as "finalists", but the suspects have changed. Schefter now favors Denver and Tennessee, with Miami and Arizona still in consideration, at least in his eyes.

"I think that the Dolphins and the Cardinals are in the second category and I think the Broncos and the Titans are in the first category," Schefter said Wednesday on Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio.

Tennessee's status as a favorite comes as somewhat of a surprise as they got into the process later than the other three teams Manning is reportedly considering. But Schefter believes the Titans have a lot going for them in this recruitment.

"[Manning's] familiar with the area. He loves the area, he'd be in the AFC, he would get to play the Colts twice a year, they have a great offensive line," Schefter said on Sportscenter Wednesday. "There's a lot that Tennessee offers and (owner) Bud Adams will do anything it takes to get this deal done."

For the latest on Manning Watch 2012, check back with, and listen to Burns & Gambo (11:00 am to 2:00 p.m) and Doug & Wolf (2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) on Arizona Sports 620 .


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