Tennessee puts Manning through paces

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Free agent Peyton Manning spent eight hours meeting with Titans officials after working out for the team on Saturday.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Free agent Peyton Manning spent eight hours meeting with Titans officials after working out for the team on Saturday.

Peyton Manning worked out for Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville, Titans general manager Ruston Webster said.

The GM said he thought Manning “looked comfortable throwing the ball and we had a good visit.”

“This is another important step in the process,” Webster said. Manning spent eight hours meeting with Tennessee executives on Wednesday.

Webster was joined at Saturday’s workout by Titans head coach Mike Munchak, chief operating officer Mike Reinfeldt, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and strength coach Steve Watterson, a person familiar with the session told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team has not released details of the workout.

Saturday was Manning’s third workout for teams this week.

On Friday, the four-time NFL MVP worked out at Duke for Denver. Tuesday night he worked out at the Blue Devils’ facilities for San Francisco. Manning has been rehabbing in North Carolina following a string of neck surgeries.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano is finding defensive help in familiar places.

Three days after bringing in one ex-Ravens free agent, they added another by signing safety Tom Zbikowski on Saturday. Details of the contract were not immediately available, though the team confirmed the move in a news release.

It’s yet another off-season acquisition from the city the Colts once called home.

In January, they hired Pagano, the Ravens defensive coordinator, to replace the fired Jim Caldwell. On Wednesday, the Colts made their first foray into free agency by singing former Baltimore defensive end Cory Redding, and now they have Zbikowski, who could emerge as the Colts’ most aggressive hitter since former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders.

SEAHAWKS: Added needed depth on the defensive line by agreeing to terms with free agent defensive tackle Jason Jones.

The team confirmed the agreement Saturday. Terms of the deal were not announced, but Jones’ agent, Mike McCartney, said on Twitter the deal is for one-year.

Jones has spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans where he had 15½ sacks. He was used as a defensive tackle and end last season, and his versatility fits with Seattle’s defensive philosophy. The 6-foot-5, 276-pound Jones started 15 games in 2010 and 13 last season.

EAGLES: Guard Evan Mathis agreed on a five-year contract, the latest key player the team has locked up. A person familiar with the negotiations says the deal is worth $25.5 million with $7 million guaranteed.

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