No, you were not dreaming yesterday Lard 3-20-12

GOOD MORNING, Broncos fans! Yesterday may have been dreamlike, but we can assure you, you were not dreaming. Peyton Manning is going to be the next starting quarterback for YOUR Denver Broncos.

Expectations are that Manning will be introduced and presented with his new, orange number 18 (most likely - thank you, Frank Tripucka) jersey sometime this afternoon by Pat Bowlen once the details of his new contract are cleaned up.

Welcome back, Broncos fans, from the 1950s. It's time to reacquaint yourselves with seeing passes thrown where receivers can easily catch them, audibles at the line, lightning quick decisions and releases, hot reads being hit, picture perfect footwork and mechanics, proper route progressions being read, checkdowns being taken, and points filling the scoreboard.

Even Woody Paige has to admit Denver made sense all along, as Bob Kravitz in Indy stresses; Mark Kiszla correctly says we're back to talking football instead of spectating at the circus; along with Dave Krieger, they credit John Elway for importing his peer in football greatness.

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Broncos set press conference for afternoon to introduce Manning

Per Albert Breer:

The league is also reviewing language in the deal ... And the Broncos are hopeful that they'll introduce Manning tomorrow afternoon.

In advance of the presser, I've received a copy of Woody Paige's questions:

  • How does it feel to be the man who killed Tim Tebow's dream?
  • Are you prepared to feed me off-the-record information as I see fit, you know, like Tim Tebow did?
  • I said you would never end up here to replace Tim Tebow, so why are you here...to replace Tim Tebow!
  • Is your neck tougher than Tim Tebow's?
  • You are going to be twelve years older than Tim Tebow soon, so how do you feel about that?
  • Can I have your autograph--to give to Tim Tebow?

Broncos reach out to Tebow

It's not much, but Mike Klis just tweeted:  Broncos did the right thing: Elway and Fox did reach out to Tebow today, according to source.

No word on what was said. That doesn't mean we won't speculate.  I'd guess after letting him know he was not entering training camp as the team's starter, Elway made one of the following statements:

  • We're working on a trade to send you to X team.
  • Do you have a preference for where you are traded?
  • We'd like you to stick around and back up Peyton Manning.
  • There's a place for you on this team, just not as a quarterback.  You interested?
  • We're going to be releasing you

And then there was a verbal equivalent of a  pat on the head, which sounded a little like "Thanks for all you've done for the Denver Broncos organization."

Wesley Woodyard agrees to 2-year deal to return to Broncos

Per Josina Anderson:

Agent Tony Fleming tells me Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard and the Broncos have agreed to terms on two-year deal. 

Brando Spano also  announced this on his radio show--in fact, it looks like Brandon had the news first.

Woodyard is a good insurance policy against DJ Williams' potential suspension. 

Still waiting on terms of the deal.  Doug should have these in the Lard tomorrow.

Gut Reaction: Broncos sign Peyton Manning

We have Peyton Manning; y'all don't.

Suck it down, Bud Adams, and, for that matter, the rest of the league.

If only Al Davis would have been around to weep--and to trade for Tim Tebow.

Oh well, you can't always get what you want.

For John Elway, putting the Broncos in position to win the Super Bowl is enough for now.  Curing Tebowmania is icing on the cake. 

As always, the gut don't lie.  Let's get to it.

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Manning to Broncos, will wear #18; Saturday to visit; Stokley expected to return

10:40 pm Brando Spano (via his radio show) is reporting that Wesley Woodyard is working on a 2-year deal to return to the Broncos.

9:00 pm Denver's other veteran TE acquisition from 2011 is departing; Dante Rosario is heading to San Diego shortly after Daniel Fells joined the Patriots.

7:48 pm Sal Paolantonio: Former Bronco Frank Tripucka will allow Peyton Manning to wear his retired number 18 next season

6:55 pm Jason La Canfora: Team Manning about to be assembled in Denver. C Jeff Saturday has a visit scheduled. WR Brandon Stokley likely to be signed #freeagency

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Brady Quinn gave up $500K to escape Tebowmania Lard 3-19-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Is today the day? Let's just save ourselves the stress and assume it's not - how about that?

According to Mike Klis, the team has not heard from Peyton Manning since Friday's van chase and workout. Klis says Tim Tebow will be Denver's starting QB, potentially backed up by Josh Johnson or Dennis Dixon, if Manning chooses to sign elsewhere. Jeff Legwold says the Broncos are fine with waiting for Peyton to make his decision (not that they have a choice).

As for the Titans, it's expected they would release Matt Hasselbeck if they were to sign Manning, unless they were somehow able to work a trade for him.

Down in Miami, Dave Hyde is bummed his town lost out to Arizona and Tennessee in the Manning race. Meanwhile, the Dolphins hosted Alex Smith yesterday and talked terms, and the team will host David Garrard today, who is scheduled to visit the Rams after that.

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Broncos re-sign Joe Mays, tell other free agents they are “on hold”

12:36 am Jeff Legwold says on CBS 4 (Denver): I think a lot of people in Tennessee think he's [Manning] going to end up here [Denver]. A lot of people in Denver thinks he's [Manning] going to end up there [Tennessee]...Denver offers pretty much everything on the checklist. 

12:18 am DJ Williams just claimed he has "40-inch pythons."

Do pythons qualify as "non-human?"

12:00 am Woody Paige fires something off late into the night. He writes: Without Peyton, the Broncos will keep Tebow as the starting quarterback "going into training camp,"...Tebow will say he'll use the course of events to motivate himself to become a better quarterback. It's not as if he has a choice, with a contract for two more seasons.

Woody has contacts inside Camp Tebow, so maybe he's leaking this to blunt the rumor that Tebow will ask out of Denver.  Of course, the other alternative is that he's wishful thinking. We're just surprised Woody stays up past 9pm.

11:00 pm TJ Johnson wants to go on the record: He believes the Broncos will land Peyton Manning. SF doesn't have the money; TN doesn't have John Elway and John Fox.  TJ says what crystalized it in his mind was Peyton Manning's body language with John Fox on tape.  TJ believes he is a body-language expert and can read micro facial expressions.    

He can't. This opinion and $3 still won't get you what you really want to drink at Starbucks.

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Manning pursuit creating a mess in San Francisco? Lard 3-18-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Titans brass met Peyton Manning in Knoxville to see the QB throw, with GM Ruston Webster issuing a statement quite similar to that tweeted by John Elway the day before. Could be that Webster was tweaking his competitor, but it seems just as likely Manning (or CAA) may have directed both parties what to say. Speculation continues that Peyton will issue his decision shortly after this weekend, but as Adam Schefter stressed on SportsCenter this morning, such a timeline has not come directly from Manning himself. Meanwhile, David Climer reminds us that Peyton has always been quite tight-lipped regarding his career decisions, as Volunteers fans know quite well.

With the Niners having entered the fray after having dragged their feet on re-signing Alex Smith, Smith is now considering a change in representation, and today he is visiting the Dolphins, who are considered the favorites to land former Packers QB Matt Flynn. Flynn also visited the Seahawks and is said to be deciding between the two teams.

There's been plenty of talk this weekend about how well San Francisco has played the situation, but imagine how they'll look if Manning chooses Denver or Tennessee, and Smith ends up signing elsewhere as well. Whoever is quarterbacking the Niners this year, he'll have both Randy Moss and Giants SB hero Mario Manningham to throw to, after the wideout agreed to a two-year deal with the team yesterday.

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Manning still hasn’t informed anyone of anything

3:38 am Brandon Spano: Interesting that two local news sources had to take down negative Tebow news.Coincidence?

The links appear to be from Fox31 and KWGN. Who knows what this means.    

2:21 am Adam Schefter: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Manning still has not informed any of the three teams when to expect a decision, according to sources.

Schefter Tom Condon decided to put this out there at 2:21 am (?) due to a report/rumor that Manning's signing with the 49ers was imminent. Of course Manning hasn't said anything yet. Tom Condon has to figure out what he's going to do with Alex Smith first.  But it's great to see $chefter and Morten$en working together for Team CAA as employees of E$PN.

12:28 am Public enemy #1, Mike Silver, is getting the vibe that Tennessee will sign Manning.

11:52 pm The 49ers signed Mario Manningham to a two-year deal.

GULP.

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