Chris Mortensen of ESPN was a guest of the Mut & Merloni on Thursday. Mortensen was asked to predict the eventual destination for free-agent quarterback Peyton Manning

According to a report from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have already inquired about Peyton Manning's interest in signing with the club as a free agent.

Here's a dirty little sports secret:

The Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry, the one that has spawned books and documentaries and (very soon) a Broadway play and endless hours of nostalgia on YouTube for anyone between the ages of, say, 35-50?

Overrated.



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Manning vs. Brady. Belichick vs. Dungy. Cut that meat. Fourth-and-2. “Throw the damn flag.” Willie McGinest stops Edgerrin James. The Manning Face. Mike Vanderjagt.



The Colts are set to release quarterback Peyton Manning, according to multiple outlets, with the franchise making the official announcement on Wednesday.

According to several reports, Randy Moss will work out for the Saints on Tuesday. The 35-year-old wide receiver did not play in 2011 and struggled in 2010, catching just 25 passes as he played for the Patriots, Vikings and Saints. 

Moss reportedly met with the Saints at the team facility after New Orleans lost to the Packers in Week 1 last September, though the team denied the reports.

Moss ranks second in NFL history with 153 touchdown receptions, and his 954 catches place ninth on the all-time chart.

NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Billick was asked about Super Bowl XLVI and specifically the fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker, a play that many still view as crucial to the final outcome. Billick was quick to praise Welker but was highly critical of Rob Gronkowski, who played the Super Bowl with an injured ankle that required surgery five days later.

The Patriots elected to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker on Monday, and late on Monday night Welker reacted to the news via Twitter.

"Glad that I will be a Patriot in 2012," Welker wrote. "And hopefully '13,'14,'15,'16,'17,'18 .........."

The Patriots announced Tuesday that they have elected to place the franchise tag on wide receiver Wes Welker. The NFL has not yet announced the franchise numbers for the upcoming season, but the number for wide receivers is anticipated to be around $9.5 million.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to give his take on the Saints' bounty scandal.

Most of the attention has centered on former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for organizing the bounty program, with coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Looms next in line, but King said punishments are likely for players as well.