While there is still plenty of discussion to be had about the 49ers absence from Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill's Pro Day, I'm guessing some folks are interested in the real "news" of the day: Team sources told Chris Mortensenthat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are prepared to part ways after 14 years. This isn't exactly breaking news, but it does further confirm what has been expected in recent months. A press conference is reportedly scheduled for tomorrow, at which point this would likely all become official.
There are plenty of folks who want to bring in Peyton Manning, including Jerry Rice. GM Trent Baalke was on KNBR earlier today and spoke about Manning:
49ers GM Trent Baalke on KNBR earlier today: "We haven't had Peyton in here, nor are we talking about those things internally."— KNBR (@KNBR) March 6, 2012
Even if the 49ers were discussing this internally, I hardly think they would mention it in public. At the same time, I would be pretty surprised if Manning ended up with the 49ers. Even with Alex Smith still unsigned, I just don't see it happening.
Tim Kawakami put together an interesting discussion of why Manning will not end up in San Francisco. I don't think some of his reasons are really reasons for why it won't happen, but I do think his fifth point makes the most sense. Alex Smith and Peyton Manning share the same agent. While anything is possible in the world of negotiations, it is rather difficult to try and leverage one player against another when they have the same agent.