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.
Has Manning already narrowed his choices?
One team official that contacted Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, says he got the definite impression that Manning indeed has already decided where he wants to go, or, at least, the handful of teams truly in the mix. The official, who did not want to be identified, believes that Miami, Washington and Denver are the front-runners.
But the official conceded the front-runner will be the team that, in the end, offers the most guaranteed money.
The official believes that contrary to some reports, Manning is indeed open to playing in the NFC, even in the NFC East where his brother Eli, is obviously king of the division.
Sources: Peyton Manning favors AFC
Peyton Manning’s camp is aiming to make a decision on where he will play next season within the next week, according to sources, who add that while Manning prefers to stay in the AFC, he is open to playing in the NFC.
Sources say 12 teams reached out to Peyton Manning’s representatives on Wednesday, after he was released, to gauge his interest in playing for their teams. Many of the teams already have been publicized, but some inevitably will want to keep it secret.
Per Adam Schefter:
Chiefs and Broncos have spoken to Peyton Manning's reps.
Buzz builds that Broncos will make a run at Manning
Mike Klis of the Denver Post has reported that the Broncos will explore the possibility of signing quarterback Peyton Manning. There’s a buzz in league circles much stronger than that.
One league source told PFT in response to the Klis report that there’s a belief the Broncos quietly have positioned themselves to make a significant push to land Manning.
If successful, it makes sense. The only way to cure Tebowmania is to replace the current starter with someone clearly better, and a nearly healthy Peyton Manning is just that.
The Broncos have quietly positioned themselves? I'm not sure Adam Schefter's Twitter account qualifies as quiet.