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4:29 PM Jason Cole: Denver pursuit of DT Paul soliai is slow because of manning. KC also interested and Miami wants him back.
4:18 PM Adam Schefter: Free-agent safety Brandon Meriweather plans to visit the Denver Broncos tonight.
4:48 PM Pierre Garcon: I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news... I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I'm very excited about the opportunity in front of me.
3:56 PM Jay Glazer: Major scoopage! The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms of a trade w Miami for pro bowl WR Brandon Marshall in exchange for 2 third-rounders.
The NFLPA has released a statement in support of D.J. Williams and Ryan McBean, who are facing suspensions for violations of the league's drug policy:
The NFLPA is disappointed by the decisions in the cases of Ryan McBean and D.J. Williams. Despite substantial evidence of breaches in the collection protocol and other procedural irregularities, the NFL decided to punish these players without judicious review of the facts. The League-appointed hearing officer then affirmed the discipline, even though the specimen collector was fired by his agency for not following procedures. The NFL also failed to produce the sample collector as a witness during the players' appeals hearing.
12:45 AM Been asked for thoughts on Mike Silver's article. In an nutshell it's this: he took the path of max clicks. Everyone else took one side of the argument, so hopping on the other was sure to get more play--especially given his historical treatment of Tebow. In this case, playing Tebow as the victim was bound to get the most eyeballs because most writers had already given the take that going after Manning--under any circumstance--was the right course of action. I remember Silver saying on radio once his job was to get people to read his stories. He knows what he's doing. That's why he's lasted as long as he has.
12:01 AM Random thought from TJ after listening to the Brandon Stokley interview on 104.3 The Fan for the 3rd time: Stokley said, "if Peyton wants me to come back and play for the Broncos, I will." Yeah, I know. I shouldn't read too much into this, right?
11:30 PM Pete Prisco weighs in: The word I hear tonight from one league exec is he thinks Manning, Wayne and Clark all might be going to Denver.
Not sure how much stock to put in this. If Prisco's forecast is anything like his ability to pick NFL games on a weekly basis, this one is a loser.
11:16 PM Jeff Darlington (Brady Quinn's BFF): High-ranking Dolphins source says coach Joe Philbin indeed met with Manning for 6 hrs tonight in Indy. Again, few details from team's side.
Joe Philbin or John Fox, who you got? Give me the Marlboro Man any day of the week.
11:07 PM Former Coach Brian Billick on whether or not he'd want Tebow in a trade: they don’t want him, why should I?”
11:45 PM No word yet if Tim Tebow plans to drop the "2" from GB².
11:11 PM The way Doug Farrar hears it, the Chiefs aren't going quietly: Just talked to a reliable source in KC -- the Chiefs aren't out of it either. Productive meetings between KC and Peyton's people.
11:07 PM As Mike Florio reports, the Cardinals have serious work to do to create cap space if they want to sign Manning: The Cardinals are $16.4 million over the cap, as adjusted to reflect $2 million in 2011 carryover and $1.333 million in downward adjustments. Amazingly, the Cardinals could have carried over $7.04 million. They opted only to carry over $2 million.
Not sure why the Cards didn't carry over the full amount. Did they not think this all the way until the end?
8:45 PM Klis reports that contracts were never discussed on either of Manning's visits to Denver and Arizona; Bowlen met with Manning for 20-30 minutes and Bowlen said he wants Super Bowls, not division titles; Brandon Stokley and John Lynch met with Manning while in Denver; Arizon was "red carpet" while Denver was "low key;" finally, Klis believes this could drag on until Tuesday if the Titans and/or 49ers were to make a run at Manning.
1:05 AM Steve Nash is now putting himself into the Manning chase on the side of the Cards. "It'd be a great fit here," Nash said. "There is a good offensive line and the best wide receiver in the game (Larry Fitzgerald), so that speaks for itself."
11:44 PM Alfred Williams places the Broncos' chances of landing Peyton Manning at 90%, for what that's worth
11:30 PM Kent Somers: Peyton Manning is definitely in Arizona, sources confirm
8:40 PM Mike Florio: A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Manning currently is “making it up as he goes.” Per the source, Manning never envisioned being in this situation, and he simply hadn’t planned for it...Which means that it will be critical for the various suitors to establish with Peyton a real connection that will allow him to believe it’s the right move, wherever he ends up moving...In this regard, there’s also a benefit to being the last team who meets with Peyton. If it’s a close call, the folks he’s with when he’s close to making up his mind will have a decided advantage.
7:40 PM Fox31 in Denver: A source told FOX31 Sports that Manning’s visit went “very well” and Broncos management “feel(s) strongly they are the frontrunners at this point. The source indicated that Manning feels there are “no negatives with the Broncos.” Peyton would like to make a decision by Monday, but by Tuesday at the latest.
Sounds like Arizona has a small window here to blow Manning away. It better be all that and a bag of chips if they are going to beat John Elway.
According to FOX's Jay Glazer, the Rams have agreed to trade the #2 overall pick and the presumable chance to draft Robert Griffin III to Washington for a mighty haul: St. Louis will reportedly get Washington's first-rounder this year (#6 overall) along with their 2013 and 2014 first-round picks, and then some. Adam Schefter is reporting that along with the three first-rounders, Washington will also send St. Louis a second-rounder which Albert Breer says is in this draft.
With Peyton Manning having it made it quite clear he's not considering D.C., Shanny & Co. obviously felt they needed to move swiftly and decisively, and that's precisely what they have done. However steep the price may be, the Browns apparently made a late push to make a deal with St. Louis, to no avail.
D.J. released a statement proclaiming his innocence, including:
Instead, the NFL contends that I provided a non-human specimen. I have never failed a test of any kind – for steroids or illegal substances – during my eight-year pro career. I am proud of my record and proud of the way in which I conduct myself as a professional athlete and citizen.
Green has also released a statement:
I was suspended for four games for taking ADHD medication prior to obtaining an exemption from the League. I have now obtained the proper exemption to take the medication that has been prescribed to me to treat my condition. I apologize to my teammates, coaches and fans for my mistake and will make sure to never let anything like this happen again.
3:13 AM Klis: An NFL source said Manning may also visit the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins, but those trips have not been scheduled.
2:00 AM According to Mark Long, the Jaguars will not pursue Tim Tebow as long as Gene Smith is GM.
Who knows if Shahid "Chaka" Kahn has weighed in on this news.
1:56 AM Darren McKee: Rumor revision the dinner was only with 6 people at the men's grill upstairs. Bill in foxs name. Thems the rumors
12:37 AM Darren McKee: Just found out manning still at cherry hills cc. The club is closed but fox Elway manning all still there! C'mon boys keep him here!
12:11 AM Gary Miller: Manning wants to see what else is out there. He will go to Arizona tomorrow after short get together with Broncos in morning.
12:06 AM Gary Miller is reporting on CBS4 that Manning will depart tomorrow without a deal, as he is intent on making his other scheduled visits, presumably with Arizona and Miami. According to Miller, if the Broncos are able to sign Manning, they will try to trade Tebow, most likely to Jacksonville. If they don't land Peyton, then Tebow is still the starter heading into camp, as Miller tells it.
11:56 PM Shelley Smith on ESPN says Manning and the Denver brass may in fact continue their meeting tomorrow morning
11:32 PM Tim Tebow was in Tampa tonight to honor a wounded Army Ranger and had no comment on the Broncos' pursuit of Manning.
11:18 PM Who else but Shanny & Snyder? Adam Schefter: Trade will not change Redskins plans in pursuing Peyton Manning. Intend to talk with and try to sign him, even if considered a longshot.
Per Vic Lombardi's series of tweets tonight:
I guess Tim Tebow was right all along: the Broncos organization doesn't give up and continues fighting to the very end.
Via Twitter, Adam Schefter is reporting the following:
Broncos will inquire about former QB Peyton Manning's availability and see if he has interest in coming to Denver.
Here's the first lesson in all of this: don't trust Mike Klis. He reported last night that the Broncos were not seeking Manning.
And the second lesson? I'm not sure, but it involves Tim Tebow in some way, shape, or form.