Reggie Wayne hasn't announced whether he's playing in 2015, but he definitely won't be back with the Colts. The 36-year-old wideout is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and the only NFL team he's ever played for said on Friday that he won't be back with them for a 15th season.
It will be natural for folks to envision Wayne reuniting with Peyton Manning in Denver. In theory, his familiarity with Manning would be an easy sell, but assuming he takes Wes Welker's spot on the roster, Denver would be getting even older than they already were last year.
The Broncos will have to revisit the 2012 playoff nightmare against Baltimore at least twice in 2015. San Diego agreed with Jacoby Jones to a two-year deal reportedly worth up to $5.5M.
Jones, who streaked past Rahim Moore for a tying 70-yard touchdown in the final minute of Denver's divisional round loss to the Ravens, was cut by Baltimore last month.
John Youboty is also an ERFA, but his exclusion from the announcement would suggest he's been non-tendered. Denver has yet to have tendered restricted free agents Tony Carter and Steven Johnson; it's not clear whether they will do so with Johnson, and they aren't expected to tender Carter.
The deal would official sometime after the start of the new league year at 4pm ET on Tuesday, and be the third time Marshall will have been traded in the past five years. Marshall is due to draw a $7.5M salary this season in a deal that runs through 2017.
The Broncos and long snapper Aaron Brewer agreed to a new four-year deal on Thursday, avoiding what would have been an unwieldly $1.52M restricted tender. According to Mike Klis, Brewer will receive a $740K signing bonus, and the deal is worth $4M over the four years.
Peyton Manning passed his team physical and signed his restructured contract, and will officially be the Broncos' quarterback for a fourth season in 2015. Manning, who turns 39 later this month, accepted a $4M salary cut for this season, with the opportunity to earn it back with victories in the AFC title game and Super Bowl 50.
His contract runs through 2016; his $19M salary for that season reportedly remains unchanged. Everything appears pointed toward 2015 being his last hurrah, but obviously, that will be determined by which Manning shows up.
Now that he's had the pleasure of coaching the younger, cheaper, and less dramatic Brandon Marshall in Denver, John Fox isn't too interested in the other one. According to the Tribune's Brad Biggs, Foxy's Bears are looking to dump wide receiver Brandon Marshall and his $7.5M salary.
Per Biggs, Chicago would reportedly expect a mid-round pick in exchange for the mercurial soon-to-be 31-year old, whose salary become fully guaranteed next Thursday, March 12.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's already been a busy morning in the world of prominent veteran defensive linemen.
While not a surprising development, the biggest news is that the Patriots informed Vince Wilfork they won't be picking up his option after 11 seasons with the team. He'll become a free agent on Tuesday, when the new league year begins.
Meanwhile, longtime former Cards lineman Darnell Dockett has already found a new home within the NFCW, signing a two-year deal with San Francisco.
In a significant coup for the Broncos and John Elway, Peyton Manning is reportedly set to accept a $4M pay cut, down to a $15M salary for 2015. Manning's original deal also calls for him to make $19M in 2016; according to Mike Klis, that portion of his deal will remain unchanged.
Of course, this flies in the face of every claim that Manning is a selfish, greedy bastard, and less of a team player than Tom Brady, who has never in his career accepted a pay cut. Per Klis, the Broncos had sought an even larger reduction.