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Cardinals: 'Manning is no longer an option for us'

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The Peyton Manning mania of him potentially coming to the Arizona Cardinals has come to a dead halt.

Reports say the Cardinals were informed they are unlikely to land the highly coveted free agent quarterback.

Manning visited the Cardinals last week and there was a lot of optimism the team could land him.

But then he visited the Titans this week and took a physical and worked out for the 49ers as well.

Manning worked out for the Broncos today in Raleigh, NC.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt released the following statement Friday.

Regarding today's developments and our quarterback position, acquiring Peyton Manning is no longer an option for us.

Since the end of last season we made it very clear that our plan was to head into 2012 with Kevin Kolb and John Skelton, let the process play out and - like at every position - go with the quarterback who gives us the best chance to win.

Obviously something very unique and unexpected presented itself. We've said it many times: if there's an opportunity to make our team better we'll explore it; we view the potential of adding a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback as one of those. The organization quickly put together an aggressive plan to go after it. We're proud of that and feel very strongly about what we have to offer as a team and as an organization. In the end it didn't work out but from our perspective it was very positive and we certainly don't have any regrets about it.

We sit here today in the same spot we were heading into the off season. That's with two experienced quarterbacks who have both demonstrated positive things in the past and who we feel good about. Like we said at the end of the season when we won seven of the last nine games, carrying the momentum of that strong finish into 2012 is important and that remains unchanged.

Now, the Cardinals moved ahead as reports say quarterback Kevin Kolb will get his $7 million roster bonus that was due today.

If he didn't get it, he would have been cut and would have been a free agent.

Kolb has work to do as he'll battle John Skelton for the starting job this fall.

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