Jeff Saturday, the former Colts center seen by many as signing wherever Peyton Manning landed, has instead agreed to join the Green Bay Packers as the replacement for Scott Wells, who signed with the Rams.
In the leadup to Manning's decision to sign with the Broncos, and in the intervening days, it had been rumored that the QB would be followed by several of his Indy teammates, including Saturday, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, and TE Jacob Tamme. This theory was never publicly confirmed or advanced by Manning himself.
Instead, Wayne ended up returning to the Colts before Peyton made his choice, while the Broncos are reportedly still in talks with Tamme, as are the Seahawks.
Meanwhile, the Broncos introduced newly-signed cornerback Tracy Porter via conference call today:
I’m looking to begin my career here with the Denver Broncos and help this club get back to New Orleans so we can win a championship.
I thought about that when I got down here, what it would be like playing with Champ. He’s a guy that’s been in the league for quite a while, so that’s definitely somebody that I want to learn from and further my game under. He will be a great mentor for me. I’m looking forward to it. The coaches say he’s a great guy and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him.
In other news, LB Jameel McClain, who had visited Denver last week, has decided to return to Baltimore, while former Denver DE Derrick Harvey is joining the Bengals. Harvey was active for only five games for Denver, who signed the former first-rounder after the Jaguars released him, and was credited with one fumble recovery, two tackles, and two assists.