Hunt: Chiefs want Manning, too

The Denver Broncos may be striking first in the AFC West battle for Peyton Manning, but the Kansas City Chiefs are not lying down simply because Manning is visiting Denver tonight.

In an interview with the NBC Sports Network, Kansas City owner Clark Hunt said the Chiefs are interested in pursuing Manning.

“He’s one of the greatest players in the history of the league,” Hunt said in the interview. “He’s also an incredible person. We feel really good about the team we have in Kansas City going into the 2012 season, but we’ll look for any opportunity to improve and, of course, that includes Peyton Manning.”

Because the Broncos are moving fast, expect the Chiefs to try to move fast on getting a visit setup up with Manning as well.

In a video, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says he believes the Chiefs are viable contenders for Manning. If the Chiefs do land Manning, Schefter thinks current quarterback Matt Cassel would either be traded or he will have to restructure his contract to stay as Manning’s backup.

Folks, we got ourselves a legitimate intra-division battle for one of the best players in NFL history.