Manning, Helton visiting Cutcliffe at Duke

Our news desk just passed me this:

Peyton Manning is at Duke University with former UT teammate Todd Helton this week on a "social visit" with Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the school confirmed Thursday to ESPN.

Manning is also continuing his rehab as Duke offensive lineman Matt Skura tweeted that he "got to stretch next to Peyton Manning" on Wednesday.

Last week Manning said he hoped to sit down with Colts owner Jim Irsay this week to discuss his future with the team but that meeting has not happened yet. There is a March 8 deadline in which Manning is due a $28 million option bonus that will trigger the final four years of a five-year, $90 million contract he signed before the 2011 season.

Cutcliffe, a family friend and adviser, was Manning's QB coach at Tennessee.

It makes sense for Manning to spend some time outside of Indianapolis. If we want to take it a step further, since he has said the Colts' facility isn’t a great environment for healing right now, it makes sense for him to do some healing elsewhere.

Even on a social visit.