Topps unveils card of Peyton Manning wearing a Denver Broncos uniform (pic)
“It’s important to capture the sport accurately, which is why we’re doing everything we can to get the players in their new uniforms.”
Jeff Saturday, the former Colts center seen by many as signing wherever Peyton Manning landed, has instead agreed to join the Green Bay Packers as the replacement for Scott Wells, who signed with the Rams.
In the leadup to Manning's decision to sign with the Broncos, and in the intervening days, it had been rumored that the QB would be followed by several of his Indy teammates, including Saturday, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, and TE Jacob Tamme. This theory was never publicly confirmed or advanced by Manning himself.
The Broncos have replenished their veteran TE presence following the departures of Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario by agreeing to terms with former Texan Joel Dreessen.
Dreessen (6-4, 245), who will turn 30 this summer, attended Fort Morgan High School and Colorado State University before being drafted by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 Draft. He's started 35 of the 91 games he's played in, amassing 110 receptions, 1,364 yards, and 13 touchdowns, with a career-high six scores in 2011.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Florio claims to have dug up the details on Peyton Manning's contract, and if he's correct, it's even more team-friendly than was previously thought:
Report: Tim Tebow Trade To New York Jets Is Off Until Saturday
You probably are not going to believe me, but the Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets is off again. However, it should be completed on Saturday. Due to some complicated language in his contract, Tebow must remain on the Denver Broncos salary cap for 24 hours and then he will be traded on Saturday, once he agrees to a brand new contract.
The Jets have postponed their press conference until Monday. This trade is perfect for Tebow, in the sense that it is spiraling out of control. It has taken on a life of its own and it seems to be self-sustaining. Just like Tebowmania has been.
I doubt that the deal is cancelled, but the suspense is still building. Every day that the deal is not done gives it a chance to unravel. It would be a first, but I don’t believe that it would exactly shock everyone. I know that I am expecting anything and everything to happen with this trade.
We assume this gets done, but you never never know.
Tracy Porter's biggest NFL moment came at the expense of Peyton Manning on the biggest stage in American sports. Now, the two will be wearing orange together.
Porter (5-11, 186), whose interception of Manning and subsequent touchdown in SB 44 finished off the Colts' bid for a second championship in four seasons, agreed to join the Broncos on a one-year deal, it was reported.
The 2008 second-rounder (40th overall, Indiana) started 39 of the 43 games he played in during four seasons with the Saints, compiling 194 tackles, one sack, 32 passes defensed, seven interceptions, and four forced fumbles along the way.
If there is one thing the Patriots love, it’s versatility. Coach Bill Belichick is fond of players who play two positions, and that came up over and over and over in 2011.
The Patriots reached a two-year agreement today with the former Broncos jack-of-all-trades, a source confirmed. That gives Belichick another one of his type of guys.
Three years ago the Broncos became Patriots West; is the reverse now happening?
Elway said Broncos gave Tebow a choice
Elway, in an interview Thurdsay on 102.3 ESPN radio in Denver, said Jacksonville’s offer was actually worth slightly more than the offer from the Jets. Jacksonville’s draft slot is 10 places higher than the Jets in each round.
“There was more from Jacksonville, but I think that we looked at it and it was close enough, and we were in contact with Tim throughout the day, and talked to him,” Elway said. “He knew what was going on the whole time. The reports that he was not involved are not accurate.”
Tebow, in a conference call with New York reporters late Wednesday night, said the Broncos held “all the power.”
Clearly, Tim doesn't want any of his fellow Floridians thinking he chose the bright lights of New York over a chance to head home, right?
I’ve fielded this question several times now, so let’s get straight into it - there’s probably not a lot of chance that Denver will take a center this year in the draft. I hope I’m wrong, but the facts are that John Fox really likes J.D. Walton’s blue collar attitude and work ethic. He’s dubbed J.D. ‘Trash Can’ as a result. The OL is the second-youngest in the NFL, and adding a rookie center would only exacerbate that unless that player is a major upgrade over Trashy. Denver looks, right now, as if they may try to keep the line together and let them mature as a group. Whatever my own feelings on that, it currently is how things stand. Jeff Saturday is still a possibility, and is scheduled to visit, but that’s about it as far as I’ve seen.
Even so, there’s really nothing like a good old position battle, and the centers from this year’s Combine are having a beauty over who is the best center in the draft. The question will be answered not by which goes first, but which plays best, but right how they’re jockeying for position with the fans, and it’s fun to watch.
He sounds like a decent guy, and a big-time Broncos fan. But he was more the Tebow sort, according to the opening paragraph of his obituary in the Columbia Tribune:
James H. “Jim” Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.
One assumes Jim's family and friends have a good sense of humor.