Report: Peyton Manning’s pay cut came with a no-trade clause

Peyton Manning’s new deal has a no-trade clause
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Even without a no-trade clause, it’s unlikely that any team would trade for Peyton Manning if he didn’t want to play for that team.  Still, Peyton asked for and received a commitment that the Broncos won’t, and can’t, ship him to another city, in 2015.

Two guesses as to the reason behind this: either Peyton doesn't entirely trust John Elway and thought a trade might be possible, or the NFLPA wanted to be sure that Manning got something in exchange for taking a pay cut for the first time. Over the years, it's often been suggested that the union wouldn't want any of its marquee players taking pay cuts.

Led by Brandon Marshall, 56 Broncos receive performance based pool bonuses

Brandon Marshall, C.J. Anderson top Broncos' performance-based bonuses
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Linebacker Brandon Marshall, a player who had been released three times by the Jacksonville Jaguars and spent almost all of the 2013 season on the Broncos’ practice squad before finding his way into the lineup, led the way at $277,471.04.

These bonuses aim to help compensate players who have low cap numbers (mostly minimum salary guys on rookie deals) but play a significant percentage of their team's snaps. Each team allocates the same amount toward the pool, which is not charged against the salary cap.

OTC: As of now, Broncos would have two 2016 compensatory picks

2016 Compensatory Draft Pick Update (3/13/2015)
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Andrew Mason has an excellent article for the team’s official website (and cites OTC) that demonstrates work that John Elway has done to project picks for the Broncos, coming to a similar conclusion as my program has. Denver holds two picks now but has the potential to get more.

Per Nick, Denver would net a third-rounder for Julius Thomas and a fourth-rounder for Orlando Franklin, and could also benefit from Terrance Knighton earning a weight incentive in Washington. Among remaining free agents, Wes Welker and Nate Irving could potentially add to that.

Broncos agree with guard Shelley Smith

The Broncos agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $5.65M with free agent guard Shelley Smith (6-4, 310) on Friday. Smith turns 28 in May and figures to replace left guard Orlando Franklin, who signed with San Diego earlier in the week.

A native of Phoenix, Smith was drafted out of CSU in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft by Gary Kubiak's Texans. He spent two years in Houston, but never dressed.

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Broncos agree with safety Darian Stewart

The Broncos have agreed to a two-year deal with Darian Stewart, who is expected to replace Rahim Moore as their starting free safety. Financial terms have not yet been reported.

Stewart (5-11, 214) made $1.3M on a one-year contract with Baltimore last season. He started 14 regular season games (782 snaps, plus-3.0) for them and two more in the postseason (117 snaps, plus-4.0), and will turn 27 in August.

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Scouting the Broncos: Tight ends taking shape

Every new coach brings along a few players and coaches that he trusts. He trusts them to do their job, but knows that it goes both ways. Jack Del Rio was the fire under Terrance Knighton, who turned into a leader.

Owen Daniels has spent all nine of his NFL seasons under Gary Kubiak. They were together for eight years in Houston before spending 2014 in Baltimore. They have a relationship of trust. Every new head coach needs a guy to help teach and motivate the other players at his position. Kubiak feels he can count on Daniels to help fill that role for him.

Daniels came out of the University of Wisconsin in 2006. He’s played in the full zone blocking scheme in both college and in the pros. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 Draft, 98th overall. Kubiak found in him a dependable, intelligent, and focused player.

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Klis: Broncos hope to sign Stewart and Smith, who are headed to Atlanta

The Broncos would like to sign safety Darian Stewart and guard Shelley Smith, according to Mike Klis. Stewart was at Dove Valley on Thursday, while Smith is meeting with Denver on Friday.

However, both players are also scheduled to visit Atlanta - Stewart on Friday, and Smith on Saturday. Smith met with Seattle prior to his Dove Valley visit.

Gut Reaction: Terrance Knighton heads to Washington

Terrance Knighton is off to Washington on a one-year, $4M deal, according to Josina Anderson. It's a far cry from the figures floated by Mike Klis and Troy Renck in recent months, but we're talking about a guy who plays limited snaps and doesn't generate much of a pass rush.

Per Troy Renck, the defensive tackle had also drawn interest from New England, Indy, and San Diego. Seattle and Baltimore may also have been involved. As noted by Lindsay Jones, Knighton will team up with onetime Broncos tackle Chris Baker; the two grew up together in Windsor, CT.

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Broncos sign punter Karl Schmitz

The Broncos signed punter Karl Schmitz on Thursday, it was announced. If you thought signing an undrafted tight end out of the GNAC was an obscure move by the Broncos, wait until you get a load of this guy.

Schmitz is a former member of the Jacksonville University Dolphins, who play in the Pioneer Football League. He played for them in 2008 (!), and made such an impression that they don't even have his name spelled correctly in their archives.

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Broncos agree with defensive lineman Vance Walker

The Broncos have agreed to terms with former Chiefs, Raiders, and Falcons defensive lineman Vance Walker (6-2, 305), it was announced. According to Mike Klis, Walker will sign a two-year deal worth $4M that can reach $5M with incentives.

A street free agent, Walker was released by KC last Friday; he'd been due a $2.7M salary in the second season of the three-year, $10.02M deal he signed a year ago.

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