Tebow’s Choice: Jags or Jets or whatever works best

Per Vic Lombardi:

Twitter has turned this job into verbal sportstalk radio. I love it. Still waiting on Tebow. Sounds like Jets are trying to make it work.

More to follow.  Not sure if Vic is 95% sure the Jets are trying.

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Tebow trade to Jets hits snag; Jags in the mix; Robby Tebow enters the fray

According to Adam Schefter, there is a chance the Broncos' trade of Tim Tebow to the Jets will fall through due to financial aspects of Tebow's contract that the Jets find unsatisfactory:

Denver and Jets have encountered hangup in language in Tim Tebow's contract that could nullify trade. If the Tebow trade to Jets falls apart, St. Louis could wind up getting back into play. Sides sorting through details. Tim Tebow has $5 million worth of recapture language, meaning Jets would have to pay back money to Denver. Jets might be unwilling. Complex. The same money issues in Tim Tebow's contract caused complications for Jacksonville trying to complete trade. Now Jets facing them.

This is a surprising development, especially since Tebow and Jets coach Rex Ryan share the same agent, Jimmy Sexton.

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Broncos lose Bunkley to Saints

Brodrick Bunkley has spurned the Broncos' efforts to re-sign him, choosing instead to join the coachless Saints; Lindsay Jones says the team had been optimistic last night they would retain the 28-year-old tackle. According to Adam Schefter, Bunkley has agreed to a five-year deal with $9M in guarantees.

Bunkley had helped revitalize Denver's defense in 2011; according to PFF, he was the third-rated defensive tackle in the NFL overall, and the best against the run. The Broncos had acquired Bunkley last summer in exchange for a conditional 2013 draft choice believed to be a sixth- or seventh-rounder.

Goodell drops hammer on Saints

Roger Goodell has delivered his verdict on the Saints' institutionalized bounty system, and the punishment will be severe:

  • Saints HC Sean Payton has been suspended for the season without pay
  • GM Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games
  • Rams DC Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely
  • Assistant HC Joe Vitt has been suspended for six games
  • New Orleans has been docked $500K and their 2012 and 2013 second-rounders

Player punishments have not yet been determined.

Broncos agree to trade Tebow to Jets

A day after signing Peyton Manning to a five-year deal, the Broncos have agreed to trade Tim Tebow and their seventh-round choice in April's draft to the Jets in return for New Jersey's fourth- and sixth-rounders. However, the deal has encountered a snag, as the Jets are apparently balking at language in Tebow's contract.

As of now, the Broncos now have one pick in each of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth rounds, plus two in the fourth round. Denver's own fifth-rounder went to Cleveland to complete the Peyton Hillis/Brady Quinn deal, while the team acquired the Rams' fifth-rounder in return for WR Brandon Lloyd. The Broncos' own sixth-rounder went to the Eagles in return for LB Joe Mays, who was re-signed earlier in the week.

Another rodeo for Elway and Manning

There was once a writer named John D. MacDonald, who became well known because, among other things, he penned the legendary 21-book Travis McGee series. You may not have read them, but I think that you’d recognize the central pieces of the plot: a shambling, aging boat bum calls himself a ‘salvage operator’. He’s a guy who’d always been fairly close to the line of the law, but he takes on lost causes for half the value of any eventual ‘recovery’. He explains to prospective clients the size of his bounty by pointing out that if they had a choice, they wouldn’t be coming to him.

I couldn’t help but think of that brilliant piece of literary Americana when the news came down on Peyton Manning. John D. MacDonald made a fortune in the stock market before he was badly bitten by the writing bug. Ask anyone who really has it - you do it not because it’s what you want, but because it’s just what you do. MacDonald looked around himself with his Stanford MBA eyes and saw the world around himself clearly. He penned it into every chapter of those rich, noir books. Cape Fear was made to film - twice - from one of MacDonald’s novels, The Executioners. Travis McGee was, for many, an iconic figure.

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Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco Lard 3-21-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Pat Bowlen and John Elway (BTV interview) introduced (presser video) Peyton Manning (BTV interview) as the new starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos yesterday.

Say it aloud, friends:

Peyton Manning. Denver Broncos.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.

Still hard to believe, but click your heels, and it will remain just as true.

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Manning introduced, wants to play “for a long time”; Tracy Porter to visit; Jets interested in Tebow

11:00 pm Pork Chop continues to further the idea the Patriots could trade Ryan Mallet straight up for Tim Tebow.

10:21 pm Jaguars really do have an interest (see Prime Cut) in Tim Tebow after all.  No word yet on what they'll offer.

8:34 pm Lindsay Jones: Also noteworthy from today: #Broncos still working hard to get deal with Brodrick Bunkley done. GM Brian Xanders said it was extra important to get deals with Mays and Woodyard done if DJ Williams' supspension upheld by court.

7:42 pm Here's a photo of Manning signing his contract, officially making him a Denver Bronco. 

7:07 pm Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says his team will look at acquiring Tebow, while Octodad says no thanks; the Jags have reportedly had internal discussions about Tebow.

7:03 pm Well, thi$ didn't take long.

5:35 pm Tracy Porter, whose pick-six sealed his Saints' SB victory over Peyton Manning's Colts, will visit Dove Valley tomorrow.

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Elway and Xanders should communicate better

John Elway and Brian Xanders have conflicting information regarding Tim Tebow.  Per Brando Spano:

Just talked to Brian Xanders. He told me that they have not reached out to other teams about Tim Tebow yet.

Vic Lombardi tells a different story:

Broncos have already reached out to several teams regarding Tebow. Elway says he and Tim are on the same page. Know something soon.

When in doubt, go with Elway.  His rank is higher.

Meanwhile, reports are Miami has no interest in Tebow.  If Elway really does want to give Tebow an opportunity to succeed, it appears as if one of those opportunities is gone.

Open Thread - Peyton Manning introductory presser

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.

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