Well, so much for Tebow time.
Not only are the Broncos openly courting quarterback Peyton Manning, but they’re also going to try hard to get him. The Denver Post reports that owner Pat Bowlen is “prepared to do whatever it takes” to make Manning the team’s next franchise quarterback.
Based on the money they were able to carry over from 2011 and the cap commitments for 2012, the Broncos have well over $40 million in cap space — more than enough to satisfy Peyton’s salary preferences, with plenty left to put other talented players on the payroll.
It’s not yet known whether the Broncos also would be willing to sign Manning without seeing him throw. But if that’s what it takes, it would fall within the inherently limitless concept of “whatever it takes.”
Denver’s zeal to land Manning means that someone will be overpaying, whether his new team is the Broncos or the Dolphins or the Chiefs or someone else. And Manning’s camp would be wise to leverage the Broncos against the Chiefs and vice-versa, since whichever team gets Manning would become the favorite to win the AFC West.
Of course, the mere pursuit of Manning will be regarded as blasphemy by the Tebowmaniacs, whose views on Peyton soon could match Bobby Boucher’s mother’s opinion of Ben Franklin. And just about everyone else.
For more on the Chiefs-Broncos-Dolphins chase of Manning, here’s a little something from Friday’s PFT Live.