BTW, the Broncos have 17 other FAs, not including tagged K Prater. DT Brodrick Bunkley only one Broncos trying to tie up before Tuesday.
If true, this means Denver is willing to let LB Wesley Woodyard, RB Eddie Royal, DT Marcus Thomas, and LB Mario Haggan test the market.
Wherever Manning lands can alter course of team, division, league
One person described it this way: the Broncos were going to make an offer the former Colts great couldn’t refuse. The Broncos were so determined to get Manning, they actually told him he wasn’t leaving without a completed deal. The person said Denver’s selling points were these: a young team with a good offensive line, talent up and down the roster and the team’s position in a winnable division.
League sources still believe the Dolphins are the front-runners, but the Broncos are making this extremely interesting. A person close to the situation confirmed Manning also will visit this weekend with other teams, including possibly Arizona. The person said Manning’s desire is to have his team selected and a contract done by Tuesday, the start of free agency.
As we suspected, the Broncos don't plan to allow Peyton to leave without a contract. Here's thinking that if they allow him to do so, he's not coming back.
Three NFL sources that have seen medical reports on quarterback Peyton Manning say the improvement of his arm strength appears to be going at a promising pace, although a full recovery is still far off.
“So far, so good,” said a source with one of the many teams that is interested in signing Manning. “The question is still where is it going to stop, but the progress over the past month has been steady and that’s what you’re looking for.”
Information was gathered from both Manning’s personal physicians and the Colts, who have sent all relevant information to teams that are interested in Manning.
“Some of this stuff is in the eye of the beholder,” another source said. “I don’t think there’s anything there that would discourage you from going forward, but you’d have to consider the risk.”
Manning and Tebow on same team?
Perhaps the most intriguing team in pursuit of Peyton Manning are the Denver Broncos. And there is a pursuit. A fairly hot one, according to a person familiar with the situation. There is also reciprocal interest from Manning.
That doesn’t mean this will happen and the odds of Manning joining the Broncos, while possible, are slim.
I’m told Manning would be uncomfortable with Tebow being on the roster but also doesn’t want to be seen as the guy who pushed Tebow out of Denver. The Broncos, I’m told, also don’t want to trade Tebow even if Manning joins the team. The Broncos would have to come to some sort of resolution of these two things and it might just be too messy for a resolution to be reached.
Freeman's source says the Broncos wouldn't want to trade Tebow. Miller says the opposite. One of them is right, and if it's Miller, then Freeman's source is likely trying to maintain Tebow's trade value for Denver.
The second reason Freeman cites as a hindrance to a Denver/Manning union is that whole representation thing Woody Paige has been harping on. Still not buying it. If John Elway and Peyton Manning decide they want this to happen, Tom Condon and Jimmy Sexton are not about to be the prohibiting factor.
Denver “desperately” wants Peyton Manning
The latest tidbit comes from Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America via Twitter, who writes that the Broncos “desperately” want Peyton.
“I think Peyton’s going to look at (the Broncos) and say ‘I know they’re going in the right direction,” Lynch, who played 4 seasons with Denver, told FOX31’s Ron Zappolo Thursday. “They’ve got a pretty good president (Elway) who knows how important a quarterback is.”
Lynch, who considers both Manning and Elway to be close friends, says the ex-Colt and future Hall of Famer could be lured by the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl champion, and also succeed in the short-term.
“I think Peyton knows that John’s going to get this place right. It’s just a matter of how. And when I say “right,” I mean winning a championship. And that intrigues Peyton.”
Add John Lynch to the list of people who thinks John Elway makes this deal happen.
Report: Peyton doesn't want to play for Skins
Appearing on SportsCenter Thursday, ESPN 980 Washington’s Chris Russell said he’s “hearing” free agent Peyton Manning does not want to play for the Redskins and has already informed people in the building.
“A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning’s camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn’t want to come here,” said Russell.
If there's one man who isn't going to overhaul his offensive scheme to accomodate a QB who's going on 36 years old, it's Mike Shanahan.
If Manning is going to be your new quarterback, it will be on his terms
Trust me, Peyton Manning will control this whole process.
Peyton Manning is not going from team to team and working out for each club…The workout itself may never even happen if a top bidding team says they don’t care about the session, which I suspect will be the case.
Peyton Manning is going to get a fat contract. He will see top QB money, and he’s not taking any risks financially to prove he can still play.
Manning isn't going to be trying to prove his health, or giving anybody a contract out if his health fails. You're buying him as he is claiming to be, period. It's high risk, high return.
Brees surprises with selfish turn
Sources tell us the Arizona Cardinals want to sign Manning. They would eradicate Kevin Kolb from the roster. John Skelton, a quarterback whom Ken Whisenhunt likes a lot and won with in the second half last year, would be the backup and insurance in case Manning got hurt. Manning, according to different sources, has put out feelers about the Cardinals. He is very intrigued by playing with Larry Fitzgerald and bringing Wayne along as his wingman.
Make no mistake; part of the Cardinals’ plan would be to sign Wayne if they brought Manning on board. It has been discussed at length internally. Manning is said to respect and like Whisenhunt and has reached out via intermediaries to learn more about him. Sources say Manning also likes Arizona’s young, talented defense.
There is legit mutual interest in a Manning-Cardinals marriage. Arizona will be in play.
Helton talks Manning, Broncos
“First, I have to see where Peyton’s at,” Helton said. “If it came down to the Broncos and another team, I would probably talk to him.”
Helton, of course, was the Tennessee Volunteers' starting QB until Manning took over.