Broncos lose Bunkley to Saints

Brodrick Bunkley has spurned the Broncos' efforts to re-sign him, choosing instead to join the coachless Saints; Lindsay Jones says the team had been optimistic last night they would retain the 28-year-old tackle. According to Adam Schefter, Bunkley has agreed to a five-year deal with $9M in guarantees.

Bunkley had helped revitalize Denver's defense in 2011; according to PFF, he was the third-rated defensive tackle in the NFL overall, and the best against the run. The Broncos had acquired Bunkley last summer in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft choice believed to be a sixth- or seventh-rounder.

Goodell drops hammer on Saints

Roger Goodell has delivered his verdict on the Saints' institutionalized bounty system, and the punishment will be severe:

  • Saints HC Sean Payton has been suspended for the season without pay
  • GM Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games
  • Rams DC Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely
  • Assistant HC Joe Vitt has been suspended for six games
  • New Orleans has been docked $500K and their 2012 and 2013 second-rounders

Player punishments have not yet been determined.

Broncos agree to trade Tebow to Jets

A day after signing Peyton Manning to a five-year deal, the Broncos have agreed to trade Tim Tebow and their seventh-round choice in April's draft to the Jets in return for New Jersey's fourth- and sixth-rounders. However, the deal has encountered a snag, as the Jets are apparently balking at language in Tebow's contract.

As of now, the Broncos now have one pick in each of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, plus two in the fourth round. Denver's own fifth-rounder went to Cleveland to complete the Peyton Hillis/Brady Quinn deal, while the team acquired the Rams' fifth-rounder in return for WR Brandon Lloyd. The Broncos' own sixth-rounder went to the Eagles in return for LB Joe Mays, who was re-signed earlier in the week.

Another rodeo for Elway and Manning

There was once a writer named John D. MacDonald, who became well known because, among other things, he penned the legendary 21-book Travis McGee series. You may not have read them, but I think that you’d recognize the central pieces of the plot: a shambling, aging boat bum calls himself a ‘salvage operator’. He’s a guy who’d always been fairly close to the line of the law, but he takes on lost causes for half the value of any eventual ‘recovery’. He explains to prospective clients the size of his bounty by pointing out that if they had a choice, they wouldn’t be coming to him.

I couldn’t help but think of that brilliant piece of literary Americana when the news came down on Peyton Manning. John D. MacDonald made a fortune in the stock market before he was badly bitten by the writing bug. Ask anyone who really has it - you do it not because it’s what you want, but because it’s just what you do. MacDonald looked around himself with his Stanford MBA eyes and saw the world around himself clearly. He penned it into every chapter of those rich, noir books. Cape Fear was made to film - twice - from one of MacDonald’s novels, The Executioners. Travis McGee was, for many, an iconic figure.

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Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco Lard 3-21-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pat Bowlen and John Elway (BTV interview) introduced (presser video) Peyton Manning (BTV interview) as the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos yesterday.

Say it aloud, friends:

Peyton Manning. Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Still hard to believe, but click your heels, and it will remain just as true.

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And then there were two: Tebow to Jags or Jets

Source: Tebow going to Jags or Jets
www.news4jax.com

Tim Tebow, whose stardom rose to national levels this past season as he led the Denver Broncos to nine wins and a playoff defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be traded to either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New York Jets by midday on Wednesday, a source close to Tebow told Channel 4’s sister station, WKMG in Orlando.

Tebow, who lost his starting job this week when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, is expected to be dealt for a third-round pick.

If the Broncos get a third-round pick for Tebow, Elway should give Brian Xanders a seat at the big kids' table at the next press conference.

The Wrath of Khan: Jaguars want Tebow

Report: Jaguars have “serious interest” in Tebow
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reports that the Jaguars have “serious interest” in trading for Tebow…

If the deal goes down, there will be plenty of awkwardness in the locker room.  Last week, Smith gave Chad Henne a $3 million signing bonus to serve as Blaine Gabbert’s backup.  Two years ago (almost to the day) Henne made waves by proclaiming that Tebow “isn’t an NFL quarterback.”

An ownership-driven decision to force Tebow onto the roster also could drive a wedge between Smith and Khan.  Already, we’ve caught wind of rumors that the two men aren’t clicking the way they should — and there’s talk in league circles that Smith may not be around after the draft concludes.

If Tebow time comes to Jacksonville, Smith may not want to be.

No word yet on what the Jaguars would be willing to give up. Right now, estimates put Tebow's trade value at a 5th, 6th, or 7th-round draft pick.

Manning introduced, wants to play “for a long time”; Tracy Porter to visit; Jets interested in Tebow

11:00 pm Pork Chop continues to further the idea the Patriots could trade Ryan Mallet straight up for Tim Tebow.

10:21 pm Jaguars really do have an interest (see Prime Cut) in Tim Tebow after all.  No word yet on what they'll offer.

8:34 pm Lindsay Jones: Also noteworthy from today: #Broncos still working hard to get deal with Brodrick Bunkley done. GM Brian Xanders said it was extra important to get deals with Mays and Woodyard done if DJ Williams' supspension upheld by court.

7:42 pm Here's a photo of Manning signing his contract, officially making him a Denver Bronco. 

7:07 pm Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says his team will look at acquiring Tebow, while Octodad says no thanks; the Jags have reportedly had internal discussions about Tebow.

7:03 pm Well, thi$ didn't take long.

5:35 pm Tracy Porter, whose pick-six sealed his Saints' SB victory over Peyton Manning's Colts, will visit Dove Valley tomorrow.

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Elway: I think we both froze

With tough decision behind him, Manning now the face of Broncos
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

He called Elway next. And that was the strangest call, because at that moment Monday morning, Elway and coach John Fox were meeting to discuss among other things how to proceed on Manning. Should they call him again? “Should we give him one last sales pitch?’’ Fox asked Elway. And soon after that, Elway’s phone rang. He looked down at the screen on his phone and saw it was Manning.

“I think we both froze,’’ Elway said.

Manning said he’d been on the phone notifying the teams who were out of it that he was playing elsewhere. Elway, for a second, thought, I wonder what phone call we are? And then Manning said, “I want to come play for the Denver Broncos.’’ Elway gave Fox the thumbs-up sign.

Sounds like a pair of tweens waiting for a boy to call...

Reilly: Is this Elway’s greatest comeback?

What becomes a legend most?
espn.go.com

This was all about Elway and what he wants and what he doesn’t want. What he wants, like he wants his next breath, is a Super Bowl win as an executive. What he doesn’t want is Tim Tebow.

It’s not that he didn’t like Tebow as a person. It’s that he was frustrated with Tebow’s inability to get the precise synchronization of the three-step and five-step NFL drop. It’s NFL Quarterbacking 101. Most guys get the knack of it in college. But with Tebow, like with really good Teflon, it never quite stuck.

Elway was also frustrated with all the dirt balls and air balls and screwballs Tebow scattered to the wind. He was frustrated that Tebow would play like Joan Rivers for three quarters and like Philip Rivers in the fourth. He was puzzled by Tebow’s stats. The kid didn’t even complete 48 percent of his throws. Peyton Manning completes 65 percent of his.

Where Reilly goes woefully wrong is here:

Consider: If Elway jettisons Tebow for Manning, not even the most devoted Christian Broncos fan would smite him.

Hey Rick, have you been on Twitter of late?

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