If there were presses running at 1:30 p.m. ET and if presses were still relevant to the contemporary news cycle, they’d very likely be stopped for this.

Peyton Manning is making the first free-agent visit of his NFL career, and it’ll take place in Tim Tebow’s backyard.

Figuratively, of course.

Manning will be in Denver tonight to meet with the Broncos, according to Mike Klis and Woody Paige of the Denver Post.

All week, the Mile High City has been gaining momentum in the Manning rumor mill, with only Miami and maybe Arizona and Kansas City being mentioned as often.

Manning and Tebow together in Denver would be a complete circus. Manning would be the undisputed starter, obviously, but you can be sure there’d still be Tebow zealots who would bitch and whine and exhibit an utter lack of football knowledge in the process.

There’s always been a belief that John Elway wants a more prototypical quarterback leading the franchise, and Manning clearly fits that bill. This would give the Broncos an excuse to push Tebow aside, using him in special packages or at a completely different position.

Of course, there’s also a chance they completely dump No. 15 when No. 18 arrives. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves — this is probably the first of many stops on the 2012 Peyton Manning tour.

More from the Post:

One NFL source said Manning will also visit the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins after visiting with the Broncos. A source said Manning would like to make a decision by Tuesday, the first day of free agency.

And according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, this trip doesn’t indicate that Denver is Manning’s top choice and it’s not a negotiation. Many — namely Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald — still believe that Miami and Arizona are frontrunners. And Adam Schefter reports that Manning will also visit the Cardinals on this trip.

(Billboard picture via Steve Nehf of the Denver Post)

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