Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Mike Klis says it appears the Manning sweeps is down to Denver and Tennessee, with Miami having turned its attention to Matt Flynn and Arizona expected to be ruled out today with their Kevin Kolb roster bonus deadline looming. Mike Lombardi says the same.
Says Duke head man and Manning Family Coach David Cutcliffe about his pupil's health:
It’s incredible how much progress he’s made in throwing the football. He’s gotten his arm strength back and his accuracy is there. I’m not an NFL coach, of course, but I think I know what it takes to complete passes in the NFL, and it’s clear that Peyton can make all those throws.
From what I’ve seen, he’s right on target for that. Everybody knows what a hard worker he is, and he’s dedicated himself to getting ready for the season.
BTW, has anyone noticed that the Niners and Alex Smith still haven't agreed to a new contract yet?
3:11 am Dmac fires off one final tweet before bed: Back for one last tweet - I have reason to believe its goin down tmrw - and there is optimism. Nothing concrete but There is optimism.
12:03 am ESPN says that Archie Manning would not be allowed ownership in the Titans either without approval of the NFL.
Guess which teams might protest. I can think of of at least three.
12:00 am Doug Farrar speculates that Bud Adam's (el viejo loco) offer of a contract for life games the system.
11:49 pm Something is giving Mike Klis more confidence than a yapper dog. He says the Broncos are still the favorite to land Manning.
11:32 pm Obligatory Tebow is a good guy and does charity stuff story here. Of course cameras were there to catch it all. Tebow did not comment on QB situation.
The Broncos have added their first veteran free agent of the year, signing former Browns safety Mike Adams (5-11, 200) to a two-year deal. Adams, who turns 31 in a week, is entering his ninth NFL season after spending his first three years with the 49ers and the past five with Cleveland.
By PFF's measure, Adams graded out at +1.5 overall (-4.4 run, -0.7 pass, +5.6 coverage, +1 penalty) with 47 tackles, 10 assists, six missed tackles, and nine stops.
4:58 pm Mike Klis: Not surprised Chargers closing in on Eddie Royal. He was "Big Play Eddie'' in a couple games against them
4:40 pm Mike Klis: Broncos are still leaders in clubhouse for Manning.
4:30 pm Brady Quinn will visit the Jets tomorrow, as per Mike Klis.
4:23 pm Mike Klis: For perspective, QB and safety only Bronx MUST needs in FA. Safety they're working on (Browns' Adams). CB Trufant visiting. QB u know about. Bronx also to sign free-agent LB, but waiting for market to settle. Otherwise, draft is the plan
With the tension of the Manning issue burning up Broncos Country, and feelings of frustration rising over Denver having added no players yet, it’s easy to miss who’s still available. In addition, new players, many of whom are quality guys who believe that the market will pay more than they are currently being offered, come into free agency daily as they fail to reach accords with their teams. That’s exactly as we will see happen in Denver. We often get ‘stuck’ at the beginning of the FA period in our thinking about the big targets, but a lot of upgrades are out there. Let's check in on a few players who are still available, although they may go quickly:
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peyton Manning spent 6.5 hours at Titans headquarters last night and, according to Titans owner Bud Adams, took a call from the governor of Tennessee while he was there. According to David Climer, Manning is intrigued by the idea of finishing his pro career where he played his college ball, and word is that Adams may be dangling a front-office position and/or partial team ownership to sweeten the pot for Peyton.
As for when he'll make his decision, Mike Freeman hears Peyton is shooting for Sunday at the latest, and he thinks Denver is still the frontrunner. According to Freeman, some of the teams Manning already visited with (Denver, Arizona, Miami) have been calling the QB during his travels to and/or visits with the other teams, to remind him why their team/city is best for him. Was there any doubt this occurs?
Mike Klis says that before turning their attention to Manning, the Broncos were content to sign a backup for Tim Tebow the likes of Josh Johnson and draft another QB in the first three rounds.
Woody's latest mailbag posted today; fortunately, we got our hot little hands on a copy of the unedited version:
But how does that affect the future? Why get rid of the young Tebow for two old men? - Jamal, Portsmouth, Va.
I keep hearing that it'll be great for Tim Tebow to sit behind Manning for a few years and learn the quarterback position. That's complete nonsense, right? - Rachel Gray, Arcadia, Calif.
Jamal, I won't tell you that. I don't want to spoil your day. I didn't really see a question there anywhere. It's a mailbag, so I guess you can just make statements. Rachel, You don't need my help, either, right? Agreed? Uh, it's a good thing I'm going back to spring training today. I don't have to spend much time and energy on this. You keep hearing? From your bartender or hair stylist?
Jamal, that's a black name, isn't it? Did you know that back when I was growing up in Tennessee in the 50s, black people weren't even allowed to ask questions? You know all this talk about Peyton Manning wanting to go to the Titans because his wife is from there? Let me tell you something: Never, ever make a major life decision based upon some stupid woman.
Rachel, thanks for reading, I guess. I'd rather pinch your ass than answer your question, though. Sounds like you get your news from one of those snot-nosed blogger kids. You should probably go back to your knitting.
1:49 am Missed this earlier, but Mortensen says the Broncos are still in the hunt, but is willing to talk to other teams.
Translation: Tom Condon is still looking for ways to jack up the price.
1:00 am Andrew Mason: For the record, I believe the chances of a Peyton Manning "lifetime" contract passing NFL muster are slim to none.
12:30 am ESPN confirms Bud Adams did not attend meeting between Titans and Manning.
12:12 am KHOU TV, Houston: Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams tells KHOU 11 Sports reporter Matt Musil that he has offered free agent quarterback Peyton Manning a contract "For Life" to stay in Tennessee...Bud Adams added that he "feels great" about their chances to land Manning.
Well now, isn't this precious. Adams hasn't just been sippin' on grandpa's cough medicine, he is the cough medicine. No word yet on how Adams fits this under the cap.
11:55 pm As we approach midnight, my friends, who ya got? El viejo loco, Bud Adams, or el hombre, John Elway?
Personally, I'm waiting for Bud Adams to show up to Dove Valley with a shotgun and scream, "you kids get off my lawn!"
11:35 pm Vic Lombardi: I'll say this again, the longer Manning takes to make his decision, the better for the Broncos. As long as he decides before the draft...The Titans team doctor who examined Manning tonight is named Burton Elrod ..... advantage Broncos.
Sizing Up Peyton Manning's Options
The Broncos have had no contact with Tim Tebow since the Manning courtship began…The Broncos have not pestered Manning for progress reports or a decision since he left Denver on Saturday. John Elway is driving this bus. He and Manning connected well during the visit Friday and Saturday.
The bottom line on the Broncos’ pursuit of Manning is this: Elway is in charge, and Elway is interested in Super Bowls. The argument that the Broncos improved last year and won their division (on a tie-breaker) with Tebow, doesn’t cut much ice with Elway. He knows what it takes to be a Super Bowl contender and he believes bringing in Manning is the fastest way to get there. He knows the Manning courtship is a high risk/high reward mission. He believes that going for greatness usually is.
New thread above
3:41 PM John Clayton: Buffalo still has Mario Williams locked in at their facility trying to convince him to be a Bill.
3:35 PM Browns S Mike Adams says he'll be visiting the Broncos; Adams has played fivee seasons in Cleveland after three with San Francisco. Last year he had three INTs, six passes defensed, and solo 41 tackles in 16 starts.
3:28 PM Mike Freeman: The plane carrying Manning has landed in Nashville. Let the interview process begin.
3:08 PM Mike Klis says a Manning decision is not expected before tomorrow.