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Buzz builds that Broncos will make a run at Manning

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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.

It’s unknown what the Broncos would do with Tim Tebow, if they land Manning.  Presumably, Tebow would take a back seat to Peyton.  Or perhaps the Broncos would have the right opening to move Tebow to a new position.

The problem the Broncos face is that, if they fail to land Manning, they’ll make a somewhat awkward situation a lot more awkward — especially since Tebow and Manning are both represented by the same agency.

And here’s one last thing to keep in mind.  Even though Peyton was released on Wednesday, everyone has known it was coming for weeks.  Surely, teams were talking to Manning’s camp.  Even more surely, one or more teams already have gained some separation from the pack.

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85 Responses to “Buzz builds that Broncos will make a run at Manning”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 7, 2012 7:58 PM

    I want to see Manning Tebowing when he gets introduced.

  2. dcpatfan says: Mar 7, 2012 7:59 PM

    Who Cares????
    All I wanna know is when will the Pats re-sign Brian Waters??

  3. icanspeel says: Mar 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    I am no Tebow fan, but seems like the Broncos organization isn’t either and is just looking for a good reason to move away from him without receiving too much backlash from the fans.

  4. thatobnoxiousguy says: Mar 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    “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.”

    *****************************************

    LMAO!!!

    A nearly healthy chimpanzee is also better than the Broncos current starter!

    That’s not saying much for the old, slow, overrated Pittsburgh Steelers is it?

  5. purplengold says: Mar 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    And stop calling me Shirley.

  6. mcjon22 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:01 PM

    Just. Stop. It.

  7. duanethomas says: Mar 7, 2012 8:04 PM

    Thats a veteran QB who can come in and push Tebow and come to play if Tebow falters. Tebow is the starter and you can wake up Johnny Unitas and he will be second string. TeBow is the man!

  8. packerman1968 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:04 PM

    Tebows God will not allow this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 7, 2012 8:06 PM

    Anybody, literally anybody would be better than tebow.

  10. fulanekiffin says: Mar 7, 2012 8:07 PM

    I somewhat expected Manning to sign with a new team by tonight. Shouldn’t be much longer now though.

  11. 513guy says: Mar 7, 2012 8:08 PM

    Good God

  12. mrflashy88 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:09 PM

    It will be awkward if the Broncos don’t land Manning because Tebow will still be “number 1 on the depth chart on the FIRST day of training camp?”

    OOOOOOOOOK!

    I’ll take my chances landing a guarenteed future first ballot Hall of Famer

  13. thepatriotsaregay says: Mar 7, 2012 8:09 PM

    Peyton at QB, Tebag at Fullback……could work….LOL the Broncos are retarded

  14. vegasbronco says: Mar 7, 2012 8:10 PM

    OMG, could it really be? Since Tebow needs more time to learn to throw, Peyton could make the Broncos a top 10 team. Thank you Lord!

  15. 8man says: Mar 7, 2012 8:10 PM

    It sounds as if about one third of the league has legitimate interest. he won’t get $28 million, but I’m sure he’ll get a nice contract.

    And then there is the NFL. It seems to me the longer and more often Manning plays the greater the interest in the league and more dollars into the owners pockets.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that…..

  16. jaggedmark says: Mar 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    The problem the Broncos face is that, if they fail to land Manning, they’ll make a somewhat awkward situation a lot more awkward — especially since Tebow and Manning are both represented by the same agency.
    ————————————–
    How does being represented by the same agency make it more awkward if the Broncos DON’T sign Manning.

  17. brutus9448 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:13 PM

    trade tebow to jax. But there might be a rebellion in denver if that happens.
    Manning doesn’t want to play in cold weather stadiums. Denver is out. I think its between miami and arizona

  18. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 7, 2012 8:14 PM

    I thought this move would make sense yesterday. Manning at 70% is clearly an upgrade from Tebow at 100%.

    The risk is obvious. Will the surgically repaired vertebra take the abuse.

  19. steviemo says: Mar 7, 2012 8:14 PM

    I’d be interested in having Manning go to the Broncos just for the fireworks, since Skip Bayless went on and on this morning about how great Manning is, then had a conniption when they brought up the idea of him going to the Broncos. He loves Tebow to a degree that is really weird and unnatural for a 47% completion passer who only won games because his defense kept them in the game when he was air-mailing most of his passes most of the time.

  20. mattman56 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:15 PM

    I was telling my buddy that is Broncos fan, that he is the only guy that can make Tebowmania go away. They are the dark horse team that are only a good QB away from winning a weak division. Just the thoughts of a NYG fan….

  21. John Paff says: Mar 7, 2012 8:17 PM

    It’s not like they are trying to get rid of a probowl qb for Matt Cassell….oh wait……

  22. geeforcer says: Mar 7, 2012 8:18 PM

    With over 60% of Tebow’s throws ending up traveling towards the correct endzone, why would Broncos want to rock the QB boat like that?

  23. conormacleod says: Mar 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    There would be less updates if you posted when a team ISN’T interested in Manning. I hope he signs with someone, anyone, fast.

  24. jgava19 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    Make a run all you want, Denver.

    He isn’t going there.

    He will be in Arizona with Reggie and Fitz. That will be scary if Manning can stay healthy.

  25. azusadave says: Mar 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    The math on this doesn’t add up:

    x = amount of media buzz generated by Tebow
    z = amount of media buzz generated by Mannings, particularly Peyton joining a new team

    x + z > y

    where y = the maximum allowable amount of buzz one city can handle

  26. emmac13 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:22 PM

    From the Colts to the Broncos. Stop horsing aroung. I believe that horse$h!t.

  27. jgava19 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:24 PM

    Its gonna drag out for quite a while. Wait and see.

  28. erfoster says: Mar 7, 2012 8:24 PM

    what kind of draft pick could they get for tebow when they trade him to jacksonville?

  29. hooterdawg says: Mar 7, 2012 8:25 PM

    “and a nearly healthy Peyton Manning is just that.”

    There will be many pundits who will look very foolish by assuming Manning will ever be healthy enough to play effectively.

  30. hasselbeck8 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:27 PM

    The Broncos interest in Peyton Manning makes a lot of sense. If anyone can heal Peyton’s neck, it’s probably Tim Tebow.

  31. 5chan says: Mar 7, 2012 8:29 PM

    This would be the only way to get rid of Tebow and not have fans end up rioting and burning down Denver.

  32. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 7, 2012 8:30 PM

    Because Denver wasn’t of a circus last year….

    But really, would they really want two quarterbacks they can’t be sure of from week to week and Brady Quinn as your backup, too?

  33. marinofreakout says: Mar 7, 2012 8:30 PM

    wow pft must be pretttty far removed from “league circles” because under 5 hours ago it released an article saying “cross the broncos off the list”

  34. trbowman says: Mar 7, 2012 8:35 PM

    “If successful, it makes sense. The only way to cure Tebowmania is to replace the current starter with someone clearly better,”

    Which is just about any QB in the league.

  35. againsville says: Mar 7, 2012 8:38 PM

    Why would manning want to deal with that drama? It will never happen

  36. ken0west says: Mar 7, 2012 8:39 PM

    Denver is not a real option story sounds like a plant. This is getting old fast. Manning is going to end up in MIA or AZ.

    MAYBE BAL or SF if either team got the stones.

  37. raidermanrock says: Mar 7, 2012 8:40 PM

    forget it donkey fans ,payton will never sign with your pathetic team he has brains. your stuck with tbag. losers denver fans

  38. mmcdan133 says: Mar 7, 2012 8:42 PM

    This is why you never buy a jersey for anyone other than a premier player who’s just signed a new contract. 5 million Tebow jerseys are potentially going to be used as a shammy to dry cars in a couple weeks.

  39. colinsnooks says: Mar 7, 2012 8:45 PM

    Can Peyton run the option offense?

  40. raiderapologist says: Mar 7, 2012 8:47 PM

    If Manning goes to Denver he better bring some linemen with him, especially a center. The guy they had last year is terrible.

  41. wvfinfan says: Mar 7, 2012 8:47 PM

    Get this straight. Denver, Kansas City, and Seattle can make all the run they want. Manning and Wayne want to bring their show to south beach. They would give Miami a discount, since there is no income tax, and they both live there. Not mention the above named teams have horrible stadiums, markets or weather. Nothing Manning wants anything to do with.

    Miami signs Manning and Wayne, and draft Tannenhill.

  42. opiedamus says: Mar 7, 2012 8:50 PM

    Still trying to figure out what words and/or combination of words gets your post not posted…..

  43. johanneschimpo says: Mar 7, 2012 8:51 PM

    icanspeel says: Mar 7, 2012 8:00 PM

    I am no Tebow fan, but seems like the Broncos organization isn’t either and is just looking for a good reason to move away from him without receiving too much backlash from the fans.
    —————–
    The Donkeys didn’t learn from their treatment of Jay Cutler.

  44. omegalh says: Mar 7, 2012 8:51 PM

    why hasn’t Manning signed yet? Maybe they can make it a TV show like the apprentice.

  45. pooinyourface says: Mar 7, 2012 8:52 PM

    Like this if you think the Dolphins would draw more fans in Anchorage, Alaska

  46. realitypolice says: Mar 7, 2012 8:54 PM

    Manning at QB, D. Thomas and Reggie Wayne at wideout, Mcgahee in the back field, and Tim Tebow, Denver’s answer to Rob Gronkowski, at tight end/H-back, in the secondary.

    Pretty much unstoppable with a good offensive line.

  47. randygnyc says: Mar 7, 2012 8:55 PM

    Yeah, there’s about 4 teams that absolutely won’t pursue Peyton. And there’s only one thats guaranteed that won’t pursue him and that he wouldn’t even consider playing for.

    That leaves the rest of the league that “could” consider it.

  48. realitypolice says: Mar 7, 2012 8:55 PM

    The “in the secondary” part was supposed to edited out. Post is a little confusing with it in there.

    Hopefully you know what I meant.

  49. touchdownmypants says: Mar 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    No more weather comments. Colorado has the best winters because we have sun, google it. I wore a t shirt to every game except in December. I’ve also been to every game he has beaten us at mile high, shut up dirty south.

  50. glmore says: Mar 7, 2012 9:01 PM

    Does anyone remember that John Fox is the head coach in Denver???You know, the same coach who runs the ball on 1st and ten, 2nd and 8, and throw a 4 yd pass to the flat on 3rd and 7. No way Manning goes there as long as he has a run first and play good defense coach.

  51. j0esixpack says: Mar 7, 2012 9:03 PM

    Man, Peyton Manning is like a one man wrecking crew for young QB confidence.

    So much for the votes of confidence offered to Sanchez and now Tebow.

    Even if he doesn’t sign with the Jets or Broncos he’s probably set both QBs development back years, though I guess the fault ultimately lies with the GMs and coaches.

  52. ko5k says: Mar 7, 2012 9:08 PM

    Does any QB get treated worse by his front office than Tebow does?

  53. dolfan1 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:11 PM

    Heat guard Dwyane Wade, tweeted: “I’m just going to put it out thr. Peyton, that number 18 wld look gr8 in a Dolphins uniform. Stephen Ross, let’s go.”

  54. nflhof says: Mar 7, 2012 9:16 PM

    Tim Tebow is the new Rodney Dangerfield.

  55. citizenstrange says: Mar 7, 2012 9:17 PM

    With all due respect to your CAA “theory” about where Manning will sign, here is mine.

    I humbly submit that Manning will sign with either/or a dome or warm weather team.

    As much as I criticize Roethlisberger he would be much, much better playing in San Diego and Rivers would be much, much worse playing in Pittsburgh.

    Tom Brady and Eli Manning deserve mad props for their excellent play in bad weather cities.

  56. leatherface2012 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:18 PM

    i’ll do it for league minimum. i’m 51 years old and can throw a dandy 6 yard out route

  57. thcnote says: Mar 7, 2012 9:19 PM

    Manning to denver
    Tebow to jax for 3rd rounder
    Gabbert to skins for 2nd rounder
    Flynn to Miami
    St louis stays at 2 because they won’t drop past 6 and get who that want
    Browns pick up RG3 staying at 4.
    Ok maybe not but would be funny if the Rams got stuck at 2.

  58. jerrytown says: Mar 7, 2012 9:24 PM

    It doesn’t matter how much money a team throws at him. Peyton will methodically choose a situation that benefits him the most, it’s not like he needs the money. I don’t see Denver being that situation.

  59. bozosforall says: Mar 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    j0esixpack says:
    Mar 7, 2012 9:03 PM
    Man, Peyton Manning is like a one man wrecking crew for young QB confidence.

    So much for the votes of confidence offered to Sanchez and now Tebow.

    Even if he doesn’t sign with the Jets or Broncos he’s probably set both QBs development back years, though I guess the fault ultimately lies with the GMs and coaches.

    __
    If either Sanchez or Tebow’s egos are that fragile, they won’t ever reach the level of QB play that is necessary to win a title…which means that their teams should start looking for their eventual replacements, Manning or no Manning.

    In other news, joebeerbelly is an idiot.

  60. chrisdacommish says: Mar 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    Hey why not? Last time Denver got/took/stole a qb from the colts wasnt it john elway ? Oddly enough, both represent the equestrian look very well.

  61. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 7, 2012 9:32 PM

    whatever team signs him, you wont be getting a before neck procedure peyton, u will be getting a shell of himself, your team isnt going to be instant superbowl contenders cause u signed “peyton” if the broncos do sign pay-me-a-ton they will alienate tim tebag and he will leave, and he was the best thing the broncos had going for them last year, just to rent a unhealthy peyton for a year or two, risky!!!!

  62. nfceastisbeast says: Mar 7, 2012 9:41 PM

    Manning WILL NOT go to Miami. He doesn’t want to face the Jets and Pats twice each year. He will go the easiest route possible, and that is Arizona. Plays indoors, has Fitz and a weak division. Book it.

  63. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 7, 2012 9:48 PM

    Jax wouldn’t have traded Byron Leftwich for tebow

  64. teamgoku says: Mar 7, 2012 9:50 PM

    I love idiot faider fans who can’t even get Peyton’s name right it is spelled Peyton not Payton learn to spell jackasses.

    I agree with trading Tebow to the Jags but not for a 3rd unless its more then just a 3rd if Manning were to sign with Denver

    And I don’t think Tebow is that fragile but when you are promised the starting job two years in a row and then this stuff happens I can understand him getting upset or mad about it.

    And im not a Tebow lover or hater but if he is going to be a starter in the league he needs to improve and personally I think sitting behind a guy like Manning for a couple years would be a good thing

  65. empireredd says: Mar 7, 2012 9:54 PM

    So Denver would have 2 qbs that can’t throw,dosent make sence

  66. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 7, 2012 10:10 PM

    jaggedmark says: Mar 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    How does being represented by the same agency make it more awkward if the Broncos DON’T sign Manning.
    ==========================

    It’s called a conflict of interest because BOTH players are represented by the SAME agent/agency, and BOTH are/would be competing for the same starting job.

  67. delaney37 says: Mar 7, 2012 10:32 PM

    While the Seahawks, Donkeys, Skins, Phins and jets all start making headlines about what they want to do Kc is quietly getting it done. Bank it!!!!

  68. normswifevera says: Mar 7, 2012 10:34 PM

    Broncos have some of the luckiest flukes in the history of football break their way just to finish 8-8, and now Elway thinks they’re one piece away.

    Adorable.

  69. ijahru says: Mar 7, 2012 10:44 PM

    If Manning was healthy Matt Kalil would be the number 1 pick and Reggie Wayne would be resigned.

  70. Deb says: Mar 7, 2012 10:48 PM

    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.

    Mike, I’ve never really thought of you as a master of understatement. A healthy Peyton is a four-time league MVP to Tebow’s QB-in-training. It’s not even a conversation in a rational universe. But Tebowmaniacs don’t live in a rational universe. These people actually thought their guy belonged in the MVP discussion last season. Over Aaron Rodgers. So far there doesn’t appear to be a cure for Tebowmania. But if Peyton came in and won a championship, it might start to break the spell.

  71. toppdogg51 says: Mar 7, 2012 10:56 PM

    The two teams that will have the best chance at signing Peyton will be Miami or Texans. You can take that all the way to the bank.

  72. gregxxyyzz says: Mar 7, 2012 10:57 PM

    If Peyton agrees to join the Broncos then the Broncos could trade Tebow for a first round pick.

  73. mikehockhurtz says: Mar 7, 2012 10:57 PM

    Never too late to start listening to Black Sabbath Tebow….

    It worked for me

  74. roamingabriel says: Mar 7, 2012 11:27 PM

    teamgoku says:
    Mar 7, 2012 9:50 PM
    I love idiot faider fans who can’t even get Peyton’s name right it is spelled Peyton not Payton learn to spell jackasses.

    I agree with trading Tebow to the Jags but not for a 3rd unless its more [then] just a 3rd if Manning were to sign with Denver

    And I don’t think Tebow is that fragile but when you are promised the starting job two years in a row and then this stuff happens I can understand him getting upset or mad about it.

    And [im] not a Tebow lover or hater but if he is going to be a starter in the league he needs to improve and personally I think sitting behind a guy like Manning for a couple [] years would be a good thing[]
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You’re not exactly an English major yourself, are you? Nice sentence structure too!

    Nobody in their right mind goes to Denver willingly. Too freaking cold half the year. No way Manning goes to play in that ice box!

  75. iplaybad says: Mar 7, 2012 11:27 PM

    The Broncos will sign Manning and the horrible Tebow saga will take its side show somewhere else. Make it happen, Elway!

  76. lanjoith says: Mar 7, 2012 11:28 PM

    Chargers have owned Manning throughout the years, not sure he would want to face them twice a year.

  77. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 7, 2012 11:31 PM

    Jacksonville and Kahn would be waiting with open arms. Sorry Gabs, but it’s the first son of Jax.

  78. tinopuno says: Mar 7, 2012 11:34 PM

    duanethomas says: Mar 7, 2012 8:04 PM

    Thats a veteran QB who can come in and push Tebow and come to play if Tebow falters. Tebow is the starter and you can wake up Johnny Unitas and he will be second string. TeBow is manure!
    ——————————————————————

    That’s not very nice!

  79. lanjoith says: Mar 7, 2012 11:58 PM

    NFL Total Access has a poll of the top 5 likely destinations for Manning – Denver isn’t one of them.

  80. CKL says: Mar 8, 2012 2:07 AM

    Deb says:
    Mar 7, 2012 10:48 PM
    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.

    Mike, I’ve never really thought of you as a master of understatement. A healthy Peyton is a four-time league MVP to Tebow’s QB-in-training. It’s not even a conversation in a rational universe. But Tebowmaniacs don’t live in a rational universe. These people actually thought their guy belonged in the MVP discussion last season. Over Aaron Rodgers. So far there doesn’t appear to be a cure for Tebowmania. But if Peyton came in and won a championship, it might start to break the spell.
    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    What the Denver fanbase would lose in “Tebowmaniacs” they would gain in “Manningfans”. Not much difference between the two types, sadly. That’s the one thing the Colts fanbase can be glad about today…they lose all the “Manningfans”.

  81. ernie ernie says: Mar 8, 2012 10:23 AM

    My gutt has been telling me all along that what the Denver mouthpiece says about Tebow and what they really believe is two different things.
    I think, they think, hey we’ve had three years working with this guy and he still doesn’t get it. He got lucky this year due to a defense who gave him a lot of turnovers. The Denver brass has to be a little on edge thinking lightning will strike twice.

    I mean none of the top or even middling Qb’s went and worked out privately this off season, at least not yet, but they sent Tebow to a camp? Again? Hey, after three years either he has crap for brains and doesn’t get it or doesn’t want to do it any other way but his.

    Of course Denver wants Manning and they want him before Kansas City wants him.

  82. jjackwagon says: Mar 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    “Surely, teams were talking to Manning’s camp.”

    Isn’t that the textbook definition of “Tampering”?

    You know the part about a team or team rep contacting the player or players agent, while said player is still under contract.

  83. Deb says: Mar 8, 2012 1:55 PM

    @CKL …

    I know what you’re saying, but the difference is that Manning mania had a solid foundation. He took a dead franchise and made them a perennial contender. And Peyton Manning is a quarterback in every sense of the word. I like Tebow personally and think he’s a good football player. But he’s a long, long way from being a good quarterback. What Indy fans feel for Manning, he earned on the field … not in the fan magazines.

  84. charliehock says: Mar 8, 2012 6:06 PM

    Lets get it done Elway!!!!!!! Just imagine the best quaterback to have ever played with the the best quaterback currently playing and a protege that the fans love. Thats what we call a trifecta!!!!!!!!

  85. wholearmor61018 says: Mar 8, 2012 11:13 PM

    The Broncos sure are good at dissing their starting quarterbacks, i.e., Jay Cutler. If the Broncos don’t learn from history, they’re doomed to repeat it.

    - Scott

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