Happy Birthday, Peyton Lard 3-24-12

Good Morning, Broncos fans! Happy Birthday to our new starting quarterback, Peyton Manning, who turns 36 today.

As amazing as it still is that Denver reeled in the highest-profile free agent in NFL history, it remains even more incredible that so many pundits had predicted the Dolphins would end up with the big catch. The Dolphins are a joke of an organization, as their fans would happily tell you.

On the field, Miami opened last season with seven consecutive losses and fired their coach; they've had seven wins or fewer in six of the past eight years. Not helping matters, they play the Pats twice yearly and "compete" with them for the division title.

But the Dolphins now make more news off the field, as Jeff Ireland can attest. Their ownership roll lists more stars than does their player roster. Atop it all is chucklehead Stephen Ross, who pulled an odd PR stunt the other night.

On Thursday, Ross called one of the fans who had protested outside Dolphins HQ earlier in the week, and he shared the following:

  1. The team would have cut Brandon Marshall had they been unable to trade him (sound familiar, Broncos fans?). Surely, the Bears are thrilled to learn this news, a week after they gave up two third-round picks for BMarsh.
  2. Joe Philbin didn't want Matt Flynn to be his starting QB
  3. Ross didn't want to pay Alex Smith $8M per year to be his QB.

Any doubt the Broncos came out on top in the Manning sweeps, considering the competition?

Pat Bowlen > Bud Adams > The Bidwells > Stephen Ross & Company

Broncos

Tracy Porter and Jacob Tamme spoke to reporters yesterday about joining the team.

Andrew Mason thinks the Broncos fared better in signing Tamme and Joel Dreessen than they would have with Dallas Clark.

Tamme got $9M over three years, Dreessen got $8.5M for three years, and Porter will get $4M for one year. According to Jeff Legwold, the team is trying to sign Caleb Hanie to back up Manning, and they are also hoping to bring back Jason Hunter.

John Clayton and the Worldwide Leader present some of their fuzzy math to say that Peyton Manning is pretty good.

Sam DeWitt says we finally have a QB we can all root for, together.

Lonnie Wright, who played for CSU, the Broncos and Nuggets, passed away at 67.

Trimmings

HOFer Lem Barney wishes he had never played football, now that he knows the physical and cognitive consequences of concussions.

Saints coach Sean Payton issued a statement of apology for his role in the bounty scandal; his suspension will cost him $5.8M in salary.

More details on the brashness of Gregg Williams came out yesterday, including claims he offered at least $15K to his players for a knockout of Vikings QB Brad Johnson.

Jerry Jones says he plans to protest his team's salary cap punishment.

Baltimore re-signed Jameel McClain and Brendon Ayanbadejo, and they added Corey Graham and Sean Considine.

Indianapolis signed Donnie Avery and acquired Drew Stanton from the Jets, along with the 7th-round pick Denver had sent east in the Tebow deal.

Arizona re-upped Jay Feely and D'Anthony Batiste; Minnesota kept Erin Henderson; New England re-signed Brian Hoyer; New Orleans added Chris Chamberlain; Cincy signed Jamaal Anderson.

Bears RB Marion Barber and Colts lineman Ryan Diem are retiring.

Scrapple

Chris Brown believes the Jets will be able to afford Tebow the time to develop properly; Mike Lombardi sees the trade as proof the Jets lack faith in Mark Sanchez, and he's puzzled by Sanchez's silence; Mike Silver figures Tebow will either push Sanchez to improve, or take his job.

Wes Bunting ranks guard prospects by tiers; Greg Gabriel on the disconnect between 40 times and playing speed; Jonathan Bales has Denver taking Baylor WR Kendall Wright in his latest mock.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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