Good Morning, Broncos fans! Woody Paige dropped something of a bombshell this morning - he says the Broncos' chase for Peyton Manning was started not by John Elway or Pat Bowlen, but by John Fox. Yes, the same Fox we have ripped for his conservative play-calling and fourth-down decisions; whom Paige had suggested last week would be unwilling to run Manning's no-huddle offense; the guy who considers throwing the ball to be a risky proposition. Yep, that John Fox.
It's been said and written countless times that Fox would always prefer to run the ball given his druthers, but it's been likewise beaten to death that he prefers older QBs. But at the same time, we're talking about a coach who has had the misfortune of having at his disposal only journeyman Rodney Peete, mistake-prone Jake Delhomme, baseball player Chris Weinke, a 44-year-old version of Vinny Testaverde, the oft-replaced Matt Moore, bust Jimmy Clausen, a Tebowmania-frazzled Kyle Orton, and Tebow, who Fox himself said would "be screwed" if the Broncos ran a conventional offense.
So here he is, facing potentially another year of Tebowmania in the face, and what does the risk-averse coach tell Woody?
Sometimes you have to be willing to take big risks in life.
11:26 pm The 49ers--thus far--aren't commenting on the Manning $ituation.
11:12 pm Jonathan Hutton (Titans Radio): Peyton Manning passed his physical when he visited #Titans on Wednesday. He will workout for TEN Saturday at 10:45a. Don't know where.
It's official: I hate Bud Adams.
10:45 pm Legwold dropping something (knowledge?): So, that's how the Broncos will decide whether or not to keep him, should they sign Manning. If they believe he can develop in a pocket-based, play-action passing game, they would keep him. If they don't think he can, they will try to trade him.
10:11 pm Albert Breer: Per league sources, Peyton Manning has informed clubs that he plans on making a final decision on his future on Monday or Tuesday. People involved aren't convinced he'll stick to that, partially because the process has been lengthy already. We'll see what happens.
10:01 pm More good stuff from Dave Hyde: Fun fact you won't hear discussed much in the media: CAA represents Peyton Manning, Alex Smith and Tim Tebow. Why won't you hear a healthy debate if there's a conflict-of-interest involved here - say, if the agency didn't press San Fran for a deal with Smith knowing their interest would help Manning? Because the media either gets much of its info from CAA and doesn't want to threaten that information pipeline or is represented by CAA themselves. Get informed how info flows, folks
9:49 pm Adam Schefter: SD agreed on 2yr $2.5M to $4.5M deal for DB Atari Bigby.
8:38 pm Former Broncos center Chris Myers will be back with the Texans.
7:49 pm According to the DP, Geno Hayes, Jameel McClain, and Marcus Trufant all visited Dove Valley today, where they were presumably hosted by Jack Del Rio in the absence of EFX™. All three players took physicals but will not sign contracts today; the article says the team would like to re-sign both Wesley Woodyard and Joe Mays.
7:45 pm Brady Quinn is expected to visit the Chiefs, where he could join the guy he was traded for - Peyton Hillis.
4:17 New Manning thread started, you freaks!
4:16 pm Vic Lombardi responds to questions of Why?: Cuz it was a physical. And a plea.
4:10 pm From Duke's Chronicle Sports: Elway, Fox, Manning and Co are leaving now. Manning did not throw a pass today. Odd development
3:26 pm Mike Klis is correcting the financial figures he cited earlier: My previously reported contract parameters for P. Manning were too low. Broncos, Titans, 49ers working off his old five-year, $90 mil deal. The old Manning deal paid him $26.4 million in 2011, even though he never took a snap. He was to get $35.4 mil this yr, but did not. His deal called for him to make _ gulp! _ $61.4 mil over 2 yrs; $69 mil over 3 yrs. Broncos understand the parameters. They're in.
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.