Klis: John Elway met with Peyton Manning on Thursday

Peyton Manning, chaperoned by Joe Ellis, flew to Denver on Thursday and met with John Elway to discuss his near term future, but is not yet ready to announce a decision, according to Mike Klis. Manning's team physical will take place sometime between Feb 23 and Mar 5, and his $19M salary becomes fully guaranteed on Mar 9, the final day of the 2014 league year.

All signs have pointed to Manning returning in 2015, and Klis says Thursday's meeting is another positive indicator. Earlier in the week, Jason Cole reported that Elway & Co. weren't absolutely certain about wanting Peyton back.

Bucs appear locked in on quarterback at #1

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The 2015 NFL Draft is still a full 12 weeks away, but some clarity is already developing at number one.

Tampa Bay cut starting quarterback Josh McCown, who had one year and $5.25M remaining on his two-year deal. The team may also look to trade Mike Glennon, their 2013 third-rounder who started 18 games over his first two seasons.

This clearing of the decks appears to confirm the Bucs' plan to take either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston with the #1 overall pick.

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PFF: Broncos’ ST tackling was as bad as it seemed

PFF rolled out a trio of posts today covering 2014 tackling efficiency figures. Overall, Denver's defense ranked very well, tying for the sixth-best missed tackles rate. But as Broncos fans might have expected, the special teams coverage units tied for 30th according to that same measure.

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Wes Welker reportedly considering retirement

Pending unrestricted free agent Wes Welker is seriously considering retirement after 12 seasons, according to Mike Garafolo. In 2014, Welker played only 27 snaps fewer than he did in 2013, but his production fell off signficantly - from 73 catches, 778 yards, and 10 touchdowns, to 49 catches, 464 yards, and two touchdowns.

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Report: John Elway not 100% on wanting Peyton Manning to return

Recent speculation from all corners suggests Peyton Manning wants to play in 2015. However, Jason Cole reports that the Broncos and John Elway aren't certain about wanting Manning back, especially if he's only going to play for one more year. As transcribed by FOX Sports:

At this point in his career, the Broncos could fail Peyton Manning for any reason, including the four neck surgeries that he has already had. In talking to sources close to the team, there's a big question here about whether the Broncos want to bring him back for one more year. They're going to have to feel very comfortable about this.

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How do Denver’s current backs fit within a zone blocking system?

The issues of zone blocking itself and the personnel for it are now well covered. The next step is considering the personnel that will be carrying the ball. These were David Hooper’s preferred qualities of running backs for the zone blocking scheme:

  • Disciplined, willing to do their job and not improvise.
  • Decisive.
  • Crisp runners - not necessarily fast, but they must have sharp cuts.
  • Committed, willing to blast toward a gap that doesn't exist - yet.
  • Decisive. No, really. A backfield dancer is absolutely doomed.

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Report: Peyton Manning training with intent to play another season

The Times-Picayune is reporting that Peyton Manning is training in New Orleans with the goal of playing next NFL Season.

The Denver Broncos' quarterback has been evaluated by renowned fitness trainer Mackie Shilstone and is expected to begin training with Shilstone this week as he starts offseason preparations for his 18th NFL season, two sources close to Manning said Monday.

Manning wants to talk with Broncos executive vice president and general manager John Elway before announcing his intentions for the 2015 season, a source said. He hopes to talk to him in the next couple of days.

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Charges dropped against Greg Hardy, who reportedly settled with accuser

Prosecutors have dismissed domestic abuse charges against Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who reportedly came to an out-of-court settlement with his accuser. Hardy had been convicted by a judge of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, but Hardy appealed the ruling, and was set to face a jury trial.

Hardy's accuser provided key testimony during the first trial, but was reportedly reluctant to endure another court case; prosecutors have been unable to locate her since November, and it appears Hardy has paid her off to disappear.

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Who are the Broncos’ likely cap casualties for 2015?

Every offseason, there's at least some caponomic housecleaning to be done. Most of the cuts and renegotiations are quite predictable, based upon a player's cap number and production, but there is the occasional bombshell. Before we look at 2015's likely cuts, let's look back at those from the first four years of John Elway's tenure.

In 2011, Denver's casualties were Daniel Graham, Jamal Williams, Justin Bannan, Correll Buckhalter, Renaldo Hill, and Nate Jones. A year later, Tim Tebow and Andre' Goodman were sent packing. 2013's departures included Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams, Willis McGahee, Joe Mays, and Caleb Hanie, while Champ Bailey rode off into the sunset last year.

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Now would be a good time for Jerry Rice to stop throwing around asterisks

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Now that the news cycle has calmed down a bit, it seems like a good time to get back to the Lard. Let's get caught up, shall we?

Most of us probably wondered what had become of Seattle's dominant defense last Sunday, as Tom Brady carved them up to the tune of four touchdowns and 37/50 passing. As it turns out, it's rather incredible that the Legion of Boom was on the field at all that day, because the group was dealing with severe injuries.

As everyone saw, Richard Sherman hurt his arm during the NFC title game, and it was no joke. The new dad suffered torn ligaments in his left elbow, and may even require Tommy John surgery to repair them.

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