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Andy Reid wanted Manning over Vick

With Payton and Peyton, NFL is still the place
www.latimes.com

Two NFL insiders, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said that Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid was ready to walk away from the Eagles if he didn’t get more personnel control, and now he has it.

Something else about the Eagles: Reid wanted to jump in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, despite the signing of Michael Vick to a six-year, $100-million contract last season. Talks never got too serious, the insiders say, because Manning didn’t like the idea of playing against his brother Eli, quarterback of the New York Giants, at least twice a season.

Either Reid has some regrets about signing Mike Vick to a long-term extension or he's confirming what we all thought: every team outside of New England, New Orleans, and Green Bay (and apparently, Houston) wanted to talk to Peyton Manning.

This ain’t your father’s Photoshop job

Topps unveils card of Peyton Manning wearing a Denver Broncos uniform (pic)
www.sportressofblogitude.com

“It’s important to capture the sport accurately, which is why we’re doing everything we can to get the players in their new uniforms.”

That's fine and all, but don't these people know the Broncos are going back to orange? Well, at least the airbrush work has gotten better over the years.

Tebow trade on ice yet again

Report: Tim Tebow Trade To New York Jets Is Off Until Saturday
www.rantsports.com

You probably are not going to believe me, but the Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets is off again.  However, it should be completed on Saturday.  Due to some complicated language in his contract, Tebow must remain on the Denver Broncos salary cap for 24 hours and then he will be traded on Saturday, once he agrees to a brand new contract.

The Jets have postponed their press conference until Monday.  This trade is perfect for Tebow, in the sense that it is spiraling out of control.  It has taken on a life of its own and it seems to be self-sustaining.  Just like Tebowmania has been.

I doubt that the deal is cancelled, but the suspense is still building.  Every day that the deal is not done gives it a chance to unravel.  It would be a first, but I don’t believe that it would exactly shock everyone.  I know that I am expecting anything and everything to happen with this trade.

We assume this gets done, but you never never know.

Larsen joins Fells, McDaniels in New England

Patriots agree to terms with Spencer Larsen, one of the most Patriots-type players ever
www.bostonherald.com

If there is one thing the Patriots love, it’s versatility. Coach Bill Belichick is fond of players who play two positions, and that came up over and over and over in 2011.

The Patriots reached a two-year agreement today with the former Broncos jack-of-all-trades, a source confirmed. That gives Belichick another one of his type of guys.

Three years ago the Broncos became Patriots West; is the reverse now happening?

Tebow/Elway engaged in he said/he said over trade choice/non-choice

Elway said Broncos gave Tebow a choice
blogs.denverpost.com

Elway, in an interview Thurdsay on 102.3 ESPN radio in Denver, said Jacksonville’s offer was actually worth slightly more than the offer from the Jets. Jacksonville’s draft slot is 10 places higher than the Jets in each round.

“There was more from Jacksonville, but I think that we looked at it and it was close enough, and we were in contact with Tim throughout the day, and talked to him,” Elway said. “He knew what was going on the whole time. The reports that he was not involved are not accurate.”

Tebow, in a conference call with New York reporters late Wednesday night, said the Broncos held “all the power.”

Clearly, Tim doesn't want any of his fellow Floridians thinking he chose the bright lights of New York over a chance to head home, right?

Free agents weren’t the only ones who couldn’t wait on Peyton Manning

Obituary For Dead Broncos Fan Says He Hated Peyton Manning And "Wanted Out Before A Deal Was Done"
deadspin.com

He sounds like a decent guy, and a big-time Broncos fan. But he was more the Tebow sort, according to the opening paragraph of his obituary in the Columbia Tribune:

James H. “Jim” Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.

One assumes Jim's family and friends have a good sense of humor. 

Kiss those Mike Wallace dreams goodbye

The 49ers inquired about Mike Wallace but ...
blogs.sacbee.com

How much? A league source said that Wallace, 25, wants a contract that surpasses the eight-year, $120 million deal that Larry Fitzgerald signed last year with the Cardinals. Combine that with the first-round pick any team that signs Wallace to an offer sheet would lose if the Steelers didn’t match the offer, and you start to understand why we’ve heard so little about Wallace in the last week and a half.

Yeah, never mind.

Woody Paige taking Tebow trade better than expected

Woody Paige: Tim Tebow run out of Denver, but Broncos will never see another like him
www.denverpost.com

Why are the Broncos getting rid of Tebow? Because they signed Peyton Manning, and he’s the only (available) quarterback that could have displaced Tebow, and Elway et al. feel they can win the Super Bowl soon with Manning, probably not with Tebow.

Why did they not keep Tebow as the backup now and the starter in the future? Because it wouldn’t have worked. Tebow wouldn’t get the necessary work in practices or games to help his development as a passer.

Why didn’t the Broncos move him to another position or use him as a Wildcat? Because Tebow has been told his whole life he couldn’t be a quarterback, and he is determined to be a long-term starting quarterback in pro football. He wouldn’t move.

Why did John Elway say Tebow would be the starter in training camp if he didn’t mean it? Because Elway didn’t realize then there would be a chance at Manning. The sincere intention by the Broncos was to play Tebow next season.

Why did the Broncos think Tebow couldn’t become a great passer? Because of his flawed throwing mechanics and footwork.

Got to hand it to Woody. He's taking the trade with a measured sense of perspective.

Madden Curse won’t be Denver’s

Tebow Broncos' finalist for Madden cover
espn.go.com

The AFC West (three of the four teams at least) representatives for the Madden ’13 cover chase have been announced.

The four players who survived the intra-team play-in round are: Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski, San Diego’s Antonio Gates and … Tim Tebow of Denver.

As the world awaits to see whether Tim Tebow will be a member of the New York Jets, one thing is certain---he won't be a member of the Denver Broncos.  This makes his besting of Von Miller in the first round of the 2012 Madden Cover Tournament all the more interesting.  Von is gone; Tebow won't be a Bronco.  This ensures the Madden Curse misses Denver for the upcoming season--if you believe in such things.

And then there were two: Tebow to Jags or Jets

Source: Tebow going to Jags or Jets
www.news4jax.com

Tim Tebow, whose stardom rose to national levels this past season as he led the Denver Broncos to nine wins and a playoff defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be traded to either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New York Jets by midday on Wednesday, a source close to Tebow told Channel 4’s sister station, WKMG in Orlando.

Tebow, who lost his starting job this week when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, is expected to be dealt for a third-round pick.

If the Broncos get a third-round pick for Tebow, Elway should give Brian Xanders a seat at the big kids' table at the next press conference.