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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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."