SB win would mean a cool million for Fox

Good Morning, Broncos fans! The waiting is almost over, as we're just hours away from the kickoff of SB 48.

Its potential impact on Peyton Manning's legacy has been discussed ad nauseum, and of course, that will continue beyond tonight, win or lose.

But there's one very tangible and indisputable outcome hanging in the balance - according to Adam Schefter, a Denver victory would mean a $1M bonus for head coach John Fox.

Obviously, that's a chunk of money that the organization would be more than happy to part with.

But earlier in the week, Denver got some less satisfying financial news.

Schefter says the Broncos came to understand they were about to lose their signing bonus/suspension dispute with Von Miller, and instead settled with their star defender before arbitrator Stephen Burbank could issue his ruling.

According to Schefter, Von will keep the more than $1M the team had been trying to recapture.

The Broncos have until May 3 to exercise their fifth-year option on Miller for the 2015 season, and they figure to try to work out a longer deal with the 2011 DROY in a year's time.

It had long seemed likely that Denver would extend Von's deal this offseason, but his torn ACL has to have altered that timeline.

Broncos

Videos: NFL Films previews the game; Peyton Manning reacts to winning his fifth MVP award.

Champ Bailey says his pursuit of a ring is the only reason he's still playing.

Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez are especially proud to be representing Mexican-Americans in tonight's game.

If, before the season, someone had told you the Broncos would reach the SB with Chris Clark and Manny Ramirez starting all year long, what would you have said? (I'd have laughed hysterically.)

Joan Niesen, who has already escaped the DP and taken her fine writing to SI, serves up terrific profiles of Demaryius Thomas and Terrance Knighton.

It was apparent that Adam Gase had a coaching future even while he was still in high school.

As John Randle and others have done before him, Terrance Knighton says he learns plenty about the men across from him, so that he can dish out the trash.

Naturally, Paul KleeWoody Paige, and David Ramsey are predicting a Denver victory, since they don't want email inboxes flooded with hatred.

Peyton Manning

According to Jeff Darlington, the decision to recruit Manning to Denver two years ago was John Elway's alone.

Judy Battista takes another crack at what tonight means for Peyton's legacy; Jeff Legwold lauds Manning's toughness, while Mike Lupica says SB 48 is all about Peyton.

Gaining Manning's trust has required a ton of hard work from his offensive teammates.

Seahawks

Obviously, Seattle's defenders are expecting plenty of rub routes tonight.

Doug Farrar on the greatness of safety Earl Thomas, whom Seattle took with the ill-fated pick Denver traded for Alphonso Smith.

Terry Blount lists Seattle's keys to a win tonight.

Naturally, Field Gulls is predicting a Seahawks victory.

SB 48

Accuweather and TWC are calling for temperatures in the mid-40s, slight winds throughout the game, and little or no chance of precipitation. Since the field at the Meadowlands is not heated from underground, the grounds crew has had a tarp over it, with machines blowing hot air to keep the ground warm.

Here's AA's guide to the pregame shows, plus a schedule to help you through the day, whether you're attending the game or watching at home.

Chase Stuart explores the possible reasons for the over/under to be so low.

Up in Idaho, loyalties are divided between the Broncos and Seahawks.

A Houston weatherman who's a Broncos fan declared that the Seacocks have a chance tonight. 

Analysis

Andy Benoit shares notes on each player expected to suit up tonight.

Greg Cosell has been calling for a Broncos win, but he says it's a tough choice; Scott Kacsmar is taking Denver, while Benjamin Hoffman picks Seattle.

Jarrett Bell considers the potential importance of backup corners Tony Carter, Quentin Jammer, and Walter Thurmond.

On Brian Burke's All-Analytics team, Peyton Manning is his MVP, Knowshon Moreno and the offensive line are each second best, and Demaryius Thomas is just outside the top three among receivers.

News

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Joe Namath says he empathizes with parents who don't want their kids playing football.

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