Elway’s quest to move on from Tebow may not end with Manning
The problem is that most free agent quarterbacks aren’t going to want to step into a situation where they’re viewed by the Tebowmaniacs in Denver as the guy who was brought in to push Tebow out. PFT’s Mike Florio has heard that the Broncos looked into the possibility of signing Matt Flynn, but Flynn wanted nothing to do with the no-win situation that is replacing Tebow in Denver, or competing with him in training camp.
Hasselbeck or Smith, however, may find themselves without any better option if Manning chooses the Titans or 49ers. The chance to start in Denver is better than no chance to start anywhere.
Having Tebow breathing down his neck (and condoning the infamous pro-Tim billboards) turned Kyle Orton into a skittish turnover machine last year, so it's somewhat understandable if Flynn doesn't want to compete with the circus. But what if the team were to sign Flynn and trade/cut Tebow? Is that still too much to bear? If that's the case, then let's be glad Denver's not in on Flynn.
Sizing Up Peyton Manning's Options
The Broncos have had no contact with Tim Tebow since the Manning courtship began…The Broncos have not pestered Manning for progress reports or a decision since he left Denver on Saturday. John Elway is driving this bus. He and Manning connected well during the visit Friday and Saturday.
The bottom line on the Broncos’ pursuit of Manning is this: Elway is in charge, and Elway is interested in Super Bowls. The argument that the Broncos improved last year and won their division (on a tie-breaker) with Tebow, doesn’t cut much ice with Elway. He knows what it takes to be a Super Bowl contender and he believes bringing in Manning is the fastest way to get there. He knows the Manning courtship is a high risk/high reward mission. He believes that going for greatness usually is.
Phoenix, Denver Anchors Fight Over Manning
Watch two Phoenix anchors try their hand at comedy:
Team-by-team cap space, as of March 11
Broncos: $44.7 million under.
Chiefs: $32.5 million under.
Seahawks: $29.8 million under.
Titans: $28.1 million under.
49ers: $21.8 million under.
Dolphins: $11.8 million under.
Texans: $4.7 million over.
Cardinals: $16.4 million over.
If it's money that matters, the Broncos have the ability to really go all in. There isn't a team in the list of potential Manning dance partners with more straight cash, homey.
Bring it, Cardinals.
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams wants to sign Peyton Manning
“He is the man I want. Period,” Adams said. “And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”
“I hope to be one of the teams he looks at,” the 89-year-old Adams said. ”Since he went to school in Tennessee I think Tennessee is where he should be. I think he could play for two or three years. I think he’s the guy that could come in and turn this around for us.
“That’s why I am so anxious to get him to come visit with us and I want him on my team. I could sit down with him and show him what (we’d be willing to pay). If he would come (meet) with me he would be happy with what he’d get.”
“I want him to be with me the rest of his working period of his life,” Adams said, “even when he doesn’t want to play anymore.”
“But I want Manning. I’d love to see him in Titan blue after watching him so many years with the Colts,” said Adams, the team founder. “I will be upset because if I didn’t get him. I want him. I am ready to do what it takes to get him aboard and I think he’d be the guy to get us into the playoffs.”
Wow, Bud - tell us how you really feel...
Sympathy for the Tebow
But just because it’s smart doesn’t mean it isn’t tacky. It has to gut Tebow to see those photographs of Manning walking into Broncos headquarters accompanied by Elway and Fox…
...If Tebow is shoved out of a franchise he revived, I can’t wait for the day that he comes back and plays the Broncos. I want to see 6-of-22 passing for 78 yards. I want to see passes that wobble like Zip-Loc bags full of soup. But I also want to see a last-minute drive win it. I’ll be pulling for Tebow to exact a Tebow-like revenge.
[Insert bible verse regarding revenge here].
Tebow stops at D1 training facility and meets with young boy with Leukemia
What they didn’t expect was not one, but several phone calls from the quarterback himself. Somehow Tebow learned Preston has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is not responding to treatments. Tebow asked if he could meet their little boy in Tampa. Tebow was in town hosting a training experience at the D1 facility he co-owns.
“Whats up man,” said Tebow.
Tebow not only met Preston. He took him out to the turf.
“Are you ready to catch it? Are you chasing me?” said Tebow.
Tebow isn't talking to the media, but give him props for staying the course on meeting this little boy. There is no doubt he was facing distraction after distraction today.
Tebow made this little guy's world; completion percetage was immaterial.
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.”