New competition for Manning: The Niners

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the San Francisco 49ers have emerged as a third finalist in the Peyton Manning derby.

Per Mort, Manning has worked out for San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and taken a physical, but not visited the team facility. The Niners now join the Broncos and Titans as finalists for Manning's services.

Quite frankly, the 49ers are the best candidate if getting a Lombardi Trophy is Manning's top goal.

They were a game away from the Super Bowl last year. They've got an excellent defense. And although Harbaugh is a bit of a control freak, giving him Peyton Manning at the helm could make for some fantastic offense.

The 49ers may be the clear-cut favorite to win the NFC West without Manning. With him, they'd be a very popular pick to win the division and host the NFC title game.

The Titans and owner Bud Adams can't be happy to see San Francisco emerge.