At 1 time, Seattle tried landing Peyton Manning

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Not long ago, Pete Carroll and John Schneider sat in a private plane in Denver wondering if Peyton Manning would accept a request to meet with the brain trust of the Seattle Seahawks and see if that could be a potential landing spot for the free agent quarterback.

This was in March of 2012 before Manning decided to sign with Denver and before Seattle drafted Russell Wilson.

But the paths intersect again this week with the Seahawks and Broncos meeting in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Carroll descried Seattle’s attempts to land Manning as “brief” on Wednesday. From a broader perspective the decision by Manning to sign with the Broncos proved important in building both franchises. Denver became and offensive powerhouse and Seattle was able to add pieces to make them the class of the NFC.

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