Wherever Manning lands can alter course of team, division, league
One person described it this way: the Broncos were going to make an offer the former Colts great couldn’t refuse. The Broncos were so determined to get Manning, they actually told him he wasn’t leaving without a completed deal. The person said Denver’s selling points were these: a young team with a good offensive line, talent up and down the roster and the team’s position in a winnable division.
League sources still believe the Dolphins are the front-runners, but the Broncos are making this extremely interesting. A person close to the situation confirmed Manning also will visit this weekend with other teams, including possibly Arizona. The person said Manning’s desire is to have his team selected and a contract done by Tuesday, the start of free agency.
As we suspected, the Broncos don't plan to allow Peyton to leave without a contract. Here's thinking that if they allow him to do so, he's not coming back.
Three NFL sources that have seen medical reports on quarterback Peyton Manning say the improvement of his arm strength appears to be going at a promising pace, although a full recovery is still far off.
“So far, so good,” said a source with one of the many teams that is interested in signing Manning. “The question is still where is it going to stop, but the progress over the past month has been steady and that’s what you’re looking for.”
Information was gathered from both Manning’s personal physicians and the Colts, who have sent all relevant information to teams that are interested in Manning.
“Some of this stuff is in the eye of the beholder,” another source said. “I don’t think there’s anything there that would discourage you from going forward, but you’d have to consider the risk.”
D.J. released a statement proclaiming his innocence, including:
Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen. I have never failed a test of any kind – for steroids or illegal substances – during my eight-year pro career. I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen.
Green has also released a statement:
I was suspended for four games for taking ADHD medication prior to obtaining an exemption from the League. I have now obtained the proper exemption to take the medication that has been prescribed to me to treat my condition. I apologize to my teammates, coaches and fans for my mistake and will make sure to never let anything like this happen again.
Well, this is getting interesting. With every passing hour, we hear more and more that the Denver Broncos are seriously in the Peyton Manning mix. Doug had some really good stuff yesterday about this in the Lard, and I decided to share some thoughts about the possibility as well.
If you believe Mike Freeman’s report from Thursday, the Broncos are the serious contenders along with Washington and Miami. Neither team has the salary cap room that the Broncos have, but both have spendthrift owners who are very focused on the marketing impact of making big-splash signings. Stephen Ross of the Dolphins is a guy who vastly overpaid for his team and has been spurned by both Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher while trying to make big-splash coaching hires.
Ross will pay what it takes, and we all know that Daniel Snyder will as well. The question is whether Pat Bowlen will. If he were writing a check from his pocket, I doubt he would, but I think that the Broncos, as a corporate entity, are sitting in a good financial position and could afford to write a check for a $25 million signing bonus. This is going to be a situation where it probably takes $100 million over four years to get a deal done, due to the market forces of free agency. With so many teams in on Manning, there’s no risk discount available for his health either.
3:13 AM Klis: An NFL source said Manning may also visit the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, but those trips have not been scheduled.
2:00 AM According to Mark Long, the Jaguars will not pursue Tim Tebow as long as Gene Smith is GM.
Who knows if Shahid "Chaka" Kahn has weighed in on this news.
1:56 AM Darren McKee: Rumor revision the dinner was only with 6 people at the men's grill upstairs. Bill in foxs name. Thems the rumors
12:37 AM Darren McKee: Just found out manning still at cherry hills cc. The club is closed but fox Elway manning all still there! C'mon boys keep him here!
12:11 AM Gary Miller: Manning wants to see what else is out there. He will go to Arizona tomorrow after short get together with Broncos in morning.
12:06 AM Gary Miller is reporting on CBS4 that Manning will depart tomorrow without a deal, as he is intent on making his other scheduled visits, presumably with Arizona and Miami. According to Miller, if the Broncos are able to sign Manning, they will try to trade Tebow, most likely to Jacksonville. If they don't land Peyton, then Tebow is still the starter heading into camp, as Miller tells it.
11:56 PM Shelley Smith on ESPN says Manning and the Denver brass may in fact continue their meeting tomorrow morning
11:32 PM Tim Tebow was in Tampa tonight to honor a wounded Army Ranger and had no comment on the Broncos' pursuit of Manning.
11:18 PM Who else but Shanny & Snyder? Adam Schefter: Trade will not change Redskins plans in pursuing Peyton Manning. Intend to talk with and try to sign him, even if considered a longshot.
Manning and Tebow on same team?
Perhaps the most intriguing team in pursuit of Peyton Manning are the Denver Broncos. And there is a pursuit. A fairly hot one, according to a person familiar with the situation. There is also reciprocal interest from Manning.
That doesn’t mean this will happen and the odds of Manning joining the Broncos, while possible, are slim.
I’m told Manning would be uncomfortable with Tebow being on the roster but also doesn’t want to be seen as the guy who pushed Tebow out of Denver. The Broncos, I’m told, also don’t want to trade Tebow even if Manning joins the team. The Broncos would have to come to some sort of resolution of these two things and it might just be too messy for a resolution to be reached.
Freeman's source says the Broncos wouldn't want to trade Tebow. Miller says the opposite. One of them is right, and if it's Miller, then Freeman's source is likely trying to maintain Tebow's trade value for Denver.
The second reason Freeman cites as a hindrance to a Denver/Manning union is that whole representation thing Woody Paige has been harping on. Still not buying it. If John Elway and Peyton Manning decide they want this to happen, Tom Condon and Jimmy Sexton are not about to be the prohibiting factor.
Denver “desperately” wants Peyton Manning
The latest tidbit comes from Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America via Twitter, who writes that the Broncos “desperately” want Peyton.
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! According to multiple spine specialists, the health of Peyton Manning's neck is not an issue, assuming his fusion procedures were a success. Rather, they say the bone should actually be stronger now, and the only real question is whether Manning's arm strength is where it needs to be. The doctors USA Today spoke to echo these sentiments. With that out of the way, let's check in on Denver's presumed competition for his services:
The Dolphins are apparently all in on Manning, to the point that they haven't yet expressed interest in Matt Flynn. Coach Joe Philbin says the team hasn't yet spoken with the QB but confirms they hope to in the coming days. FWIW, Reggie Wayne would love to end up in Miami with Peyton.
Contrary to yesterday's report, Mike Florio is hearing that Peyton has not told Washington they're out of the running, even if that still appears the likely outcome.
Adam Teicher acknowledges that the Chiefs certainly have the cap room, but he thinks adding Manning would be quite a divergence from the franchise's plan to build for the long term.
As for the Niners, there is still a gap between them and Alex Smith in terms of both years and guaranteed money on a potential deal. Are they not budging because they're considering a run at Manning?
Per Vic Lombardi's series of tweets tonight:
I guess Tim Tebow was right all along: the Broncos organization doesn't give up and continues fighting to the very end.
“I think Peyton’s going to look at (the Broncos) and say ‘I know they’re going in the right direction,” Lynch, who played 4 seasons with Denver, told FOX31’s Ron Zappolo Thursday. “They’ve got a pretty good president (Elway) who knows how important a quarterback is.”
Lynch, who considers both Manning and Elway to be close friends, says the ex-Colt and future Hall of Famer could be lured by the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl champion, and also succeed in the short-term.
“I think Peyton knows that John’s going to get this place right. It’s just a matter of how. And when I say “right,” I mean winning a championship. And that intrigues Peyton.”
Add John Lynch to the list of people who thinks John Elway makes this deal happen.