Watch the official site's video of the presser from earlier today
2:38 pm Via Albert Breer, a photo of Manning's new Broncos jersey. #18, in orange.
2:57 pm Here's a better shot of the jersey via Andrew Mason
3:05 pm First thought of the day: do they make Xanders sit at the little kids' table?
3:14 pm So, how are they going to avoid Tebow? Someone is bound to ask, right? Avoiding Tebow in this presser is like trying to avoid germs at a pre-school.
Shannon Sharpe on 102.3
Eric Decker is better. Demaryius Thomas is better. Everybody is better on that team. Their defense just got better. Their defense was middle of the pack? You watch because now they will be playing with a lead. I am not talking about the last 2 minutes of the game. I am talking about early on because he will put pressure on the opposing team. They are going to score some points now. Willis McGahee will never run into an 8-man front again ever.
When John threw the ball if I stayed up with John and he threw the ball to the right he was telling me, ‘Shannon go to the right.’ If he put the ball between my numbers and I was staying? He was telling me to get up in my shadows. You take that for granted because you are like okay. Now you play with somebody else and throw the ball to the other side and you get your face mask twisted because he threw you towards where the defensive guy was. Great quarterbacks see everything.
Shannon's positively giddy. Can't say I feel any differently.
GOOD MORNING, Broncos fans! Yesterday may have been dreamlike, but we can assure you, you were not dreaming. Peyton Manning is going to be the next starting quarterback for YOUR Denver Broncos.
Expectations are that Manning will be introduced and presented with his new, orange number 18 (most likely - thank you, Frank Tripucka) jersey sometime this afternoon by Pat Bowlen once the details of his new contract are cleaned up.
Welcome back, Broncos fans, from the 1950s. It's time to reacquaint yourselves with seeing passes thrown where receivers can easily catch them, audibles at the line, lightning quick decisions and releases, hot reads being hit, picture perfect footwork and mechanics, proper route progressions being read, checkdowns being taken, and points filling the scoreboard.
Even Woody Paige has to admit Denver made sense all along, as Bob Kravitz in Indy stresses; Mark Kiszla correctly says we're back to talking football instead of spectating at the circus; along with Dave Krieger, they credit John Elway for importing his peer in football greatness.
Per Albert Breer:
The league is also reviewing language in the deal ... And the Broncos are hopeful that they'll introduce Manning tomorrow afternoon.
In advance of the presser, I've received a copy of Woody Paige's questions:
It's not much, but Mike Klis just tweeted: Broncos did the right thing: Elway and Fox did reach out to Tebow today, according to source.
No word on what was said. That doesn't mean we won't speculate. I'd guess after letting him know he was not entering training camp as the team's starter, Elway made one of the following statements:
And then there was a verbal equivalent of a pat on the head, which sounded a little like "Thanks for all you've done for the Denver Broncos organization."
Per Josina Anderson:
Agent Tony Fleming tells me Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard and the Broncos have agreed to terms on two-year deal.
Brando Spano also announced this on his radio show--in fact, it looks like Brandon had the news first.
Woodyard is a good insurance policy against DJ Williams' potential suspension.
Still waiting on terms of the deal. Doug should have these in the Lard tomorrow.
Manning Headed to Denver! Now What?
Even as they add Manning, the Broncos can’t afford to simply insert him into the lineup and start printing out 2012 AFC WEST CHAMPIONS T-shirts. This was an 8-8 team that had the point differential of a 5.8-win team last season. Manning is going to make them better — perhaps significantly better — but he’s not going to be enough to turn them into a championship-caliber team alone. Denver needs to be in on adding those offensive weapons for Manning and should consider targeting options to improve their limited secondary, especially at cornerback. Ironically, their best option across from Champ Bailey might be free agent Tracy Porter, who took a Manning interception to the house to seal Super Bowl XLIV. If they start with Andre’ Goodman out there, Manning might make it a mission to Roc Alexander him in practice. Adding a defensive tackle is also a priority after Brodrick Bunkley hit free agency and Ryan McBean got suspended. Re-signing Bunkley would be ideal.
Anyone that makes a Roc Alexander reference deserves some respect.
The article raises a good point, which is thus: the Broncos shouldn't relax just because they won the Manning derby.
We have Peyton Manning; y'all don't.
Suck it down, Bud Adams, and, for that matter, the rest of the league.
If only Al Davis would have been around to weep--and to trade for Tim Tebow.
Oh well, you can't always get what you want.
For John Elway, putting the Broncos in position to win the Super Bowl is enough for now. Curing Tebowmania is icing on the cake.
As always, the gut don't lie. Let's get to it.
10:40 pm Brando Spano (via his radio show) is reporting that Wesley Woodyard is working on a 2-year deal to return to the Broncos.
9:00 pm Denver's other veteran TE acquisition from 2011 is departing; Dante Rosario is heading to San Diego shortly after Daniel Fells joined the Patriots.
7:48 pm Sal Paolantonio: Former Bronco Frank Tripucka will allow Peyton Manning to wear his retired number 18 next season
6:55 pm Jason La Canfora: Team Manning about to be assembled in Denver. C Jeff Saturday has a visit scheduled. WR Brandon Stokley likely to be signed #freeagency
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Is today the day? Let's just save ourselves the stress and assume it's not - how about that?
According to Mike Klis, the team has not heard from Peyton Manning since Friday's van chase and workout. Klis says Tim Tebow will be Denver's starting QB, potentially backed up by Josh Johnson or Dennis Dixon, if Manning chooses to sign elsewhere. Jeff Legwold says the Broncos are fine with waiting for Peyton to make his decision (not that they have a choice).
As for the Titans, it's expected they would release Matt Hasselbeck if they were to sign Manning, unless they were somehow able to work a trade for him.
Down in Miami, Dave Hyde is bummed his town lost out to Arizona and Tennessee in the Manning race. Meanwhile, the Dolphins hosted Alex Smith yesterday and talked terms, and the team will host David Garrard today, who is scheduled to visit the Rams after that.