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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It looks like the Kansas City Chiefs have made an early exit out of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, according to league reports.

According to a report on ESPN.com, the Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks have both reportedly failed to get the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback to visit their facilities, and are no longer considered to be contenders for Manning’s services.

The Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals are among the reported front-runners for Manning’s services, according to ESPN.com.

In 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the 36-year-old Manning has led the team to 11 playoff appearances, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl title. But he has also undergone two major neck operations since the 2009 off-season – the first one to repair a damaged nerve that was causing weakness in his throwing arm, and a second operation that fused two vertebrae in his neck, and forced him to miss the entire 2011 season.

The Colts, a consistent championship contender with Manning at QB, struggled to a league-worst 2-14 record without him in 2011, giving them the first overall pick in April’s draft.

Manning has thrown for 54,828 yards in his career – the third-most in NFL history behind Brett Favre and Dan Marino – to go with 399 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.

The Colts released Manning last week.

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