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Broncos told Peyton they can pay him $95 million over five years

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Money was no object for the Denver Broncos in their pursuit of Peyton Manning.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that getting the final financial numbers done on Manning’s contract will be easy because the Broncos told Manning in their very first visit with him that they could offer $95 million over five years.

That suggests that the Broncos were actually willing to give Manning a little more, at least in terms of total value and average value, than the Colts gave him when he signed his five-year, $90 million contract last year.

The question, however, is how the contract will be structured. We don’t know yet how much money will be guaranteed to Manning, and we don’t know what kinds of protections are built in for the Broncos if Manning has another neck injury that causes him to miss more games, or if the same neck issue that arose last year arises this year and — cover your eyes, Broncos fans — forces Manning to miss the entire 2012 season, just as he missed the entire 2011 season.

But at the moment all indications are that Manning is going to have a clean bill of health, and the Broncos are going to pay him a fortune.

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166 Responses to “Broncos told Peyton they can pay him $95 million over five years”
  1. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:10 PM

    Let’s end this discussion. Donkies are a threat to no one,with or without Manning.

    Decision was made….let’s all move on.

  2. quadya says: Mar 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    it’s not about the money …right ?

  3. JackLeone says: Mar 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    should have gone for 100 mil…..

  4. sharks123 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    I wanted him on the 49ers but that contract is rediculous.

  5. nflfollower says: Mar 19, 2012 2:11 PM

    I can’t wait for this season. So many storylines to follow….and see whether they are successes or epic failures.

  6. whatnojets says: Mar 19, 2012 2:12 PM

    NUTS! Bronocs will be at the bottom of the pile in two years!

  7. TxGrown says: Mar 19, 2012 2:12 PM

    $95 mil for 5 years!! What?

  8. itsmammoth says: Mar 19, 2012 2:12 PM

    Peyton = Money over Rings.

  9. bmceh says: Mar 19, 2012 2:12 PM

    Add to this the price they’ll have to pay Tim Tebow to walk (on water) away from Denver.

  10. fishfiletkray says: Mar 19, 2012 2:13 PM

    And its not about the money with him right? Because he’s a manning.

  11. sullijo1 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:13 PM

    The Chiefs offered some BBQ and a Camaro.

  12. westclaims says: Mar 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    Just keep saying Broncos and Manning. I want to make sure the Niner fans keep reading that.

  13. jsho55 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    Mario Williams suddenly feels poor.

  14. babyjesus69 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    Bottom line is he went for cash/comfort over best chance at winning another championship.

  15. truthfactory says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    he’s worth it. Colts were perennial superbowl threats with him, 2-14 without him

  16. marvin49 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    Wow. Just…WOW.

    I’ve lost a ton of respect for Peyton Manning. I have to admit that I’m a 49er fan and was hoping to see him play in SF, so my opinion is probably a bit jaded….

    ….but it seems pretty clear that he is looking at a retirement plan here. According to Peter King, he was scared off by SFs “SB or bust” mentality. Seriously Peyton? Say it ain’t so.

    According to Adam Schefter, “his head was in SF but his heart was in Denver”. Hrmmm.

    Maybe its just my anger talkin’, but would you really want a guy for 95 million dollars who was intimidated by a “SB or Bust”mentality? WOW.

  17. eyeamlegend says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    I wonder if the 49ers, Dolphons offered similar contracts? I understand the Titans had a handshake agreement for Peyton to have part ownership once he retires, but is the Broncos deal one he cannot refuse money wise?

  18. mylionsroaring says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    That’s a lot of money for a guy not named Calvin Johnson LOL Hope he can play, for Bronco fans sake

  19. sdboltaction says: Mar 19, 2012 2:15 PM

    Holy crap. I don’t think it’s so much just 95 mil to sign Peyton as it is to sign Peyton AND can Tebow… Little two fer with that deal.

    That said, I look forward to seeing him play the Chargers now twice a year. Should be fun in the AFC W.

  20. dmackali1 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    @@@@ peyton manning hes not a winner its all about the money all you have to do is hit him hard and he’ll get rattled remember the super bowl.

  21. tonyfantano says: Mar 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    Now, Shaun Phillips will destroy Manning twice a year. beware of the bowler.

  22. ern215 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    he will be in shock in that denver winter!

  23. sbxxix says: Mar 19, 2012 2:16 PM

    All of a sudden the AFC West is now the division to watch. I still think the Chargers are gonna take the division. Not by a lot but I think they’ll do it. It will come down to the last game of the season

  24. bangithard says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    SF 49′ers will now welcome:

    Mike WALLACE – WR Pittsburgh

    and the new QB:

    BRETT FAVRE

  25. coreyn23 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Poor Tim Tebow, that money was supposed to be his. :(

  26. woohoothing says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Manning is my favorite player, little disappointed that he would rather cash out than have a better chance at winning.

  27. hopper15 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Peyton wimped out. He couldn’t handle the SB or bust pressure in SF and he didn’t want to face Eli in the NFC. What kind of competitor is that?

  28. objectivenflfan says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Manning doesn’t want to compete for the Superbowl with his brother.

    Therefore, FAMILY > $ and Championships

    Niners are no doubt the best team talent-wise. But he’d have to face Eli. Brothers.

    Titans? Really? Because Chris Johnson is a team player. All he cares about is getting the ball and rushing yards.

    Can you trust a guy like Britt to “buy-in” to the system?

    You can’t.

    Peyton will run the hurry up at Mile High and drain defenses. He has solid wide-outs and a good defense.

    Von Miller and Doom will have 12 + sacks each. It’s the best fit.

  29. souldogdave says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Manning will have a big target painted on him, the AFC West will send in the dogs. I’ve always hated Denver, this is another reason to hate them a little more. It will be a howl if Peyton gets hurt and Tebow takes a team to the playoffs again.I’m still laughing at Harbaugh putting the banana peel in front of Alex Smith, with him in Miami the 9ers are hosed, LOL. I think Denver is in for a rude awakening, as the Niners are now.

  30. sonofsamadams says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Very selfless of Peyton. He obviously chose Denver only because he wanted to win.

  31. romosexualtendencies says: Mar 19, 2012 2:17 PM

    Pretty much 1/6 of the salary going to 1 player…..is it worth it? Especially when one hit could paralyze him.

    I wouldn’t guarantee a dime.

  32. thermalito says: Mar 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    At least we know it was never about winning Championships.

  33. ebr362 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Manning=Lebron

  34. jdandcoke says: Mar 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    the broncose made the playoffs without a qb last year. their defense, which is for real, wont be spending 40 minutes on the field every week any more. people who dont think that a healthy peyton turns denver into a legit threat are a bunch of morons….or disgruntled 49′er fans.

  35. alyopal69 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    Man I almost broke my neck when I saw the price!

  36. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    Dude Rivers owns Peyton Manning,,,Owns him.

  37. RaiderMight says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    Wow! Crazy money for a a beat up body.

  38. chefjayson says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    He said it was never about the money…referring to the decisions made that led to his seperation from the Colts. Never said it wasn’t about the money now. All of you need to stop acting like you wouldn’t be more willing to go to a job making 95 million than you would at a more successful business making half that. Why should he be any different? Might not have much time left. I don’t hate the man for trying to make his last paycheck a nice one.

  39. bmceh says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    Tebow aside, it looks like Peyton is now the only rostered QB for Denver…correct? Who will they sign to play in Week 2, you know, when Peyton is laid up in bed after taking his first big hit? Maybe they can help the Jags escape from Gabbert’s deal in exchange for Tim?

  40. johninthewest says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    It’s Denver.. What a better place to raise a family and/or retire.. Way to go PM! Good choice!

  41. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 19, 2012 2:20 PM

    Money wouldn’t be an object to me either if I was trying to get rid of tebow.

  42. mylionsroaring says: Mar 19, 2012 2:21 PM

    And to think you could win a Superbowl with Trent Dilfer for about a hundred thousand lol

  43. whyalwaysthehate says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Let the Mannig curse begin. Elway will never win the division again.

  44. rjame says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Not sure if this is the best move for him…Hope he can go to at least one SB with this team….

  45. brutus9448 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    the fact that denver had 40 mil to spend under the cap so they can get saturday and clark. The fact that denver changed their whole offense to fit tebow they can change it to the old colts offense. And the fact taht denver plays in arguably the weakest division out of the teams he was considering.
    All these facts had a hand on him picking denver.
    I think the broncos will be lucky to get to the playoffs this year.

  46. ibbreezy1120 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    personally, he is going to a team with a holes everywhere. the defense
    really isn’t as good as advertised. they got demolished by the
    patriots in the playoffs. they were motivated by tim tebow.
    the running game isn’t that good. the reason why willis mcgahee had
    over 1000= tim tebow..because defense had to account for him running
    the ball. they ran a lot of draws, which is known for getting a lot of
    rushing yards than a lot of standard running plays. They offensive
    line is very suspect. and who are your receivers? i’ll give you
    demarius thomas..and maybe..possibly eric decker..but who else.
    bad move for denver and bad move for peyton manning because he is
    going to a place where i guarantee eli will win at least 1-2 more
    superbowls than peyton will ever get to in the next 5 years! smh

    95 millions for a quarterback that is one hit away from being retired..smh!

  47. 7pints says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    I’m loving all the sour grapes from the Bronco haters!!! Especially raiderlifye510! Who has Jokeland added this FA period again? Oh yeah, you’re still clearing cap space! lol!!!

  48. farmmbig says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    …And just think….. It was only a year ago when the lockout was looming…

    No wonder thos guys look happy (in the picture).

  49. ern215 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    dam 49ers fans ned to stop crying like little girls and go beg alex to come back,
    lol@whiner fans!!

  50. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    If I want Tebow on my team I don’t trade for him, I just wait for the Broncos to cut him – because they will.

  51. shaggytoodle says: Mar 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:Mar 19, 2012 2:10 PM

    Let’s end this discussion. Donkies are a threat to no one,with or without Manning.
    _________________________

    I am not a fan of Denver, but you must not have remembered watcing that playoff game vs. the Steelers.

  52. hellswitch says: Mar 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    If/when they trade away Tebow and Peyton gets hurt or doesn’t olay lights out football. There will be rioting in the streets of Denver.

  53. jpb12 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:24 PM

    My guess is he gets right to buy a piece of the team when he ‘retires’.

  54. brandonthinks says: Mar 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    That’s chump change for the Broncos. They’ve made a KILLING from Tebow Jersey sales over the past 2 years….

  55. adamwest101 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    wasn’t that long ago rob lowe tweeted that manning was toast. various reports that manning’s rehab really wasn’t progressing well. 95 million from denver? money is more important than winning a super bowl.

  56. hellswitch says: Mar 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    err “play”

  57. moelester says: Mar 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    Its not that much if you think about it from Elway’s perspective. He would have paid 45 million just to get rid of Tebow without getting lynched. Even if Manning only plays 6 games I think Elway comes out of this satisfied with their purchase.

  58. larrywr400 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    So, Broncos were one game away from AFC championship with Tebow, and now Getting Peyton Manning is going to make them worse?
    I don’t think so.. Chiefs, Chargers and Raider fans felt a mighty tremor in The Force.

  59. skinsdiehard says: Mar 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    Where are the cries for overpaying old, declining/injured superstars or big names? The silence is deafening.

  60. randomguy9999 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    that’s great as long as he doesn’t get IR’d midway through his first season

  61. cali49er707 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    of course they did, i guess i cant really blame him for being on his athletic deathbed & taking a deal with that type of cash. i would be telling a lie if i said i wasn’t bitter but, it sounded great as a 9ER fan about the possibility of getting#6 good luck to broncos and their fans but , keep it real with yourselves the bronco’s dont have a chance at a ring. not enough playmakers on offense & your calling card was defense & it has a new coordinator, no more spread offense for defenses to adjust to, now its a matter of which mountain top he decides to buy so he can put his own personal ski resort!!!

  62. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    Wow. Makes me seem like a real prostitute for the stuff I said I would do for almost $100 million dollars.

  63. jiggy3198 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    Wow broken neck plus noodle arm equals 95 million. I heard Mario and megatron are holding out for more money

  64. 1649forlife says: Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    This guy is a joke, taking all the risk of ending up in a wheel chair with a the team that is the furthest from the lomabardi trophy. It’s obvious this decision wasn’t about football. This was purely about getting paid to just play without any expectations or pressure of winning now. Competitor? I think not. Competitor picks SF.

  65. murf17 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    Everybody take a step back and wait until all the details come out about structure and guaranteed money. If the Broncos did not want to spend it then why give it to him. Maybe they know something that we don’t. Who knows? I do not think that Denver is done wheeling and dealing yet and in the end this team will be just as good as the others team atop the AFC. They beat the Steelers last year in the playoffs with Tebow. Why is there a fear that this team will regress because they have Peyton now calling the shots?

  66. bobhk says: Mar 19, 2012 2:29 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 2:10 PM
    Let’s end this discussion. Donkies are a threat to no one,with or without Manning.

    Decision was made….let’s all move on.
    ————-
    Knew this was coming from a faders fan even without looking at the handle.

    I’m not a fan of Denver but puhleez. I’d rather have Manning than Palmer. On top of that Faders don’t even have first round picks.

  67. fm31970 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:29 PM

    Tim Tebow = very happy right now.

  68. sixjak says: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    As a 9er fan I’d love to see PM in 9er colors but anybody is just foolish not to take this offer. Take the money Peyton, you’ve earned this.

    SF will manage cuz that’s all we had last year anyway (manager) and did pretty well. If he comes back hopefully he’ll play better year 2 in the same system.

  69. ballinmore says: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    Maybe he should lower his price so they can get him Dallas Clark and another WR to throw to.

  70. charger88 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    So the Broncos might be contenders in the AFC now. Can’t wait to see if they draft a QB in the draft and let him sit behind Manning and learn for a few years. Elway is not that dumb. They want to win now but spending $95 million without thinking about the future of that position. Come on. Tebow who? The guy is as dead as yesterday.

  71. snotienose says: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    I can’t stand John Elway, I never liked him when he played. He’s been determin to get rid of Tebow. Guess he thinks we was better. Well he’s wasting a lot of money cause Peyton pretty good but he won’t get along with Elway terd. Won’t last a year. PS: Send Tebow to Dallas, please.

  72. domeinate says: Mar 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    Think PM likes the wholesome atmosphere in Denver. Kinda a wholesome guy

  73. whatnojets says: Mar 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    “Hello John, Peyton here. I was re-thinking our deal and I think that 95M is just too little for my services. How about making 115M and I’ll sign on the dotted line right now?

    You know how I feel about getting you another Super Bolw ring, right?

  74. 16x8equal49ers says: Mar 19, 2012 2:31 PM

    He’ll get booed first time he steps on the field I know it. Elway has just become the heel on his own team, ouch. I’d love to hear what’s going on sports radio over there.

  75. jag8917 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    Peyton is getting a raise!

  76. trojan33sc says: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    Ridiculous ! If it was about the best opportunity to get another SB ring then he would have signed with the 49′ers. To sign with the Broncos after all of this was merely a “money grab” ! Spare the “Oh i didn’t want to be in the division with my baby bro !” Peyton will end his career with only one SB ring. Done…………. Who will he be throwing to anyway ? Well at least all the chat boards can move on to more important things.

  77. conseannery says: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted, bamboozled, flummoxed and flim-flammed!

  78. klunge says: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    The real reason he chose the Broncos is because his face was already on their helmets, it just seemed like providence.

  79. baddegg says: Mar 19, 2012 2:32 PM

    Fat Albert got more.

  80. 49erstim says: Mar 19, 2012 2:34 PM

    You mean it was about the money? Weird! Lol

    Hey westclaim…. Stop assuming all of us 9er fans wanted 18. Also stop being so bitter. It just comes across as jealousy brother. :)

  81. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:35 PM

    Colts with Manning: 10+ wins for how many years in a row?

    Colts without Manning: Worst team in NFL.

    Broncos without Manning: AFC West champion, won a playoff game.

    Broncos with Manning: ???

    Hard to imagine them not getting better with a change from Tebow to Manning. I have them as clear-cut favorites to win the West. The Raiders are close to total rebuild mode and are shedding talent along with idiotic contracts in an effort to make themselves viable again. The Chargers will likely dig themselves another 1-4 hole to start the season (as they seem to do yearly). The Chiefs have some talent, but in a QB duel between Manning and Cassel, is there anyone out there who would seriously bet on Cassel?

    All that said, if they don’t win it all, this was a huge bust of a deal. This is what an “all-in” move looks like.

  82. txbearmeat says: Mar 19, 2012 2:35 PM

    As a Packer fan, I’m breathing a sigh of relief that Peyton didn’t sign with the 9ers. They would have been fantastic. It made more sense than Denver for sure….

    Phew.

  83. rtrmusic says: Mar 19, 2012 2:35 PM

    If Manning Tebows after his first TD I will laugh my butt off.

  84. niel21 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:36 PM

    I hope peyton can take them to at least the last 8, like Tim did. He will surely have a better team around him, so he should go further.

  85. nineroutsider says: Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM

    Congrats to Denver, but a blessing in disguise for my 9ers…

  86. discosucs2005 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM

    @westclaims

    I know as a Cardinal fan you are thrilled that Manning didn’t come to the 49ers, but it’s not like we were bringing in Manning to beat the Cardinals. We beat you with Smith and whether it’s Kirpatrick, or Johnson at the helm, no 49er is scared of the Cardinals.

  87. bishopslappytruelove says: Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM

    It would appear that Mr. Manning retained the services of one P.T. Barnum, not Tom Condon, to negotiate his contract.

  88. emaimo80 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:37 PM

    When a player gets cut, they have to clear waivers. If the dolphins really wanted him couldn’t they have just made a claim to pick up his old contract??

  89. trapshoot says: Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    Lots of money for a player with his medical history regardless of how good. He once was.

  90. cardmagnet says: Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    raiderlyfe510 definitely knows what he’s talking about. It’s not like the Broncos made it past the Wild Card round last year with a sub-par QB.

  91. kacapaco says: Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    The Broncos roster is NOT Superbowl ready with or without PM. How on earth is a recycled, though quality, QB worth more contract than he signed while health in a system built for himself? I think Broncos are screwing themselves.

  92. alaricsrevenge says: Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    Eli says “Well Peyton, I got two rings.” Peyton says “I’ll buy em off you…”

  93. wardawg42 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:39 PM

    And the lord sayeth:

    The Horses in the state calledeth Colorado will regreteth getting rid of their Savior Tim Tebow!!!

  94. jasncondit says: Mar 19, 2012 2:40 PM

    Haha 49ers are sinking faster than the Titanic. Come on Miami sign Alex Smith now to make the dagger go farther!

  95. bedmanokc says: Mar 19, 2012 2:41 PM

    Wait until Romeos defense gets a hold of this puts. He will be wishing he was in the NFC West

  96. chargersdiehard says: Mar 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    In other news, thousands of teachers, cops, and fire fighters are underpaid while entertainers and sports figures make more than they could spend in a lifetime.
    Twisted world we live in.

  97. dexterismyhero says: Mar 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    The surgery was to fix a nerve that was being pinched causing him to not be able to throw, not be able to walk you idiots talking about wheel chairs and paralysis.

    Timmy, buh bye!!!!!

  98. hellswitch says: Mar 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    snotienose says: Mar 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    I can’t stand John Elway, I never liked him when he played. He’s been determin to get rid of Tebow. Guess he thinks we was better. Well he’s wasting a lot of money cause Peyton pretty good but he won’t get along with Elway terd. Won’t last a year. PS: Send Tebow to Dallas, please.
    _____________________________

    I wouldn’t put this past JJ. He’s pulled crazier stunts. And Tebow sells jerseys and tickets. He and Orton would kill each other though.

  99. peterozelle says: Mar 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    Calm down now PFT’ers – I think we all know this contract will be more back loaded than fat-Oprah. Or at least should be…

  100. packerfan1000 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    Face it, this contract is not only to bring Peyton in, it’s to get Tebow out. Even if Manning doesn’t pan out, this allows Elway to get rid of Tebow and start over with someone else without having the whole city hate him for it.

  101. erod22 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    I’d bet Elway is happier about getting rid of Tebow than he is about signing Manning.

  102. randygnyc says: Mar 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    He was never going to play in the NFC, fools.

  103. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    This is so crazy. If it’s true, how were the Colts unable to get anything for him in a trade? Considering the Skins gave up 3 first rounders to pay RG3 somewhere in the $30 mil range, Manning’s trade value should have come in somewhere around 9 first round picks.

  104. md228010 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    this is a normal contract for Manning’s stature and on par with the rest of the Elite qb’s as it should be.

  105. psgrlinco says: Mar 19, 2012 2:47 PM

    He’ll get booed first time he steps on the field I know it. Elway has just become the heel on his own team, ouch. I’d love to hear what’s going on sports radio over there.

    Actually, the town went nuts. There were reports of honking and cheering on I-25, strangers high-fiving on 16th St Mall, and 95% positive tweets to The Fan. There was really only the one problem that involved 4 horsemen seen riding down Speer Blvd……

  106. snowpea84 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:48 PM

    Well they certainly found the only way there was out of the mess they had themselves in with Tebow. Other than signing Manning, how could they seperate themselves from Tebow without a really bad backlash from a large segment of the fan base?

  107. Nevis says: Mar 19, 2012 2:48 PM

    The Broncos are absolute morons.

    Short of Manning winning a Super Bowl, this will not end well and Elway will be fired for it.

  108. apmn says: Mar 19, 2012 2:49 PM

    Broncos were his only viable choice. If he went to the Niners and won a Super Bowl with them, then all the haters would say that he could only win with a loaded team. With the Broncos, he has a chance to win a Lombardi, and he can be the main reason it happens.

    And let’s not pretend that Tennessee was a real option.

  109. marvin49 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:51 PM

    @jasncondit

    Way to pay attention there.

    One of the reasons the 49ers are lowballing Smith is that they REALLY like Colin Kaepernick whom they drafted in teh second round last year. The problem is that he’s RAW.

    For the 49ers, this is all about whom can hold down the QB spot until Kaep is ready. If Alex does sign in Miami, it’ll just give Kaep his shot a few years early.

    Remember what everyone thought of Smith BEFORE the season? Harbaugh is the QB Whisperer. Josh Johnson (highesat rated QB in College Football History). Andrew Luck (need I say more). Alex Smith (Best season of his career BY FAR).

    Peeps reading this as the end of the 49ers are kidding themselves. This is just the beginning.

  110. Nevis says: Mar 19, 2012 2:52 PM

    jasncondit says:
    Mar 19, 2012 2:40 PM
    Haha 49ers are sinking faster than the Titanic. Come on Miami sign Alex Smith now to make the dagger go farther!
    —————————–

    Moron. If Smith meant more to the Niners, they’d offer him a longer contract. His role is the same as Peyton’s would have been: keeping the seat warm for Kaepernick.

    If you think the 49ers haven’t thought of everything, you clearly don’t know Harbaugh well.

  111. stonedwhitetrash says: Mar 19, 2012 2:52 PM

    As a pro football, and Broncos fan I say “Thank you sweet Jesus! Praise the Lord! Tebow will go to the deep South where the fans love their sisters and Jesus equally well

  112. md228010 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    He has just as good a chance with the Broncos than he did with the 49′ers. The 49′ers should not have been in the NFC championship game. Alex Smith is complete garbage and that game never even should have been that close with the way he was throwing the ball. They will go 10-6 next year and might not even make the playoffs, the 49′ers that is. The Broncos won a playoff game with Tebow throwing for nothing and playing worse than Smith. Both defenses are solid, both have good wideouts that are highly capable of producing. Broncos have time and money to bring in more key pieces for Manning. What was Manning supposed to do?? Take a Matt Flynn contract or a Smith deal of 3 years $24 millions. That’s a freaking insult. The real numbers arent even out yet so lets wait to speculate.

  113. villa41 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    the broncose made the playoffs without a qb last year. their defense, which is for real, wont be spending 40 minutes on the field every week any more. people who dont think that a healthy peyton turns denver into a legit threat are a bunch of morons….or disgruntled 49′er fans.
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    Sorry, you have it backwards guy. The Denver defense was protected by a Denver offense that ran the ball more than anyone in the league (ranked #1) and ate up the clock, which kept the Denver D off the field. Now, Petyon is going to want to run his own show and throw the ball, which will result in more three and outs. Denver D was 20th in yards and 24th in points. Not even average really. Allen did a nice job coaching them up from rock bottom the season before, and now we can use his smarts in Oakland. Great to be a Raider.

  114. fafaflunky says: Mar 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    5 years i want to see if he lasts 5 weeks..

  115. scottdragosnai says: Mar 19, 2012 2:55 PM

    Will take him into his 40′s but the guy is worth it, he works like a dog and will re-face the franchise.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  116. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:55 PM

    cardmagnet says:
    Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM
    raiderlyfe510 definitely knows what he’s talking about. It’s not like the Broncos made it past the Wild Card round last year with a sub-par QB.

     ————————————————————————

    C’mon man.. The Steelers were beat up.

    With Kyle Orton at QB, who’s a pocket passer like Manning, the Donkies were headed towards drafting Andrew Luck or RGIII!!! They were amongst the worse teams in all of football.

    They went on a winning streak because they had a gimmicky offense with an extremely mobile QB who can create when the play break down.

    The Patriots exposed Cinderella in front of a nationally televised offense, the playoff game wasn’t even competitive. They’re more than a 36 year old QB away. They’re far away. It’s gonna be a epic disaster.

    You all are going to see what Peyton Manning is without Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Marvin Harrison, and company…most overrated QB in history.

  117. lokm88 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:58 PM

    Apparantly there was no price Elway wouldn’t pay to get rid of Tebow.

  118. fsf7 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:59 PM

    1649forlife says:Mar 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    This guy is a joke, taking all the risk of ending up in a wheel chair with a the team that is the furthest from the lomabardi trophy. It’s obvious this decision wasn’t about football. This was purely about getting paid to just play without any expectations or pressure of winning now. Competitor? I think not. Competitor picks SF.
    ————–

    Why? Because the 49ers had 1 good season in the last decade?

    The Broncos have a promising talent base of their own, their defense was overlooked in the Tebow mania but it’s pretty good.

    Just because he didn’t pick your favorite team doesn’t mean its not about winning.

  119. rhf123 says: Mar 19, 2012 2:59 PM

    Oh man, Peyton Manning? Totally not worth that kind of money.

    NOT.

  120. electionconfidential says: Mar 19, 2012 3:00 PM

    I kinda wanted to see him go with the 49ers where he could have been part of a super team. I kinda wanted to see him go to Tennessee because that’s where I live, but I have to face the fact that he’d never co-exist with Harbaugh… not enough room in the whole world for those two egos / tempers.

    I think all he gets by going to Denver is a sure trip to the playoffs, but definitely not a trip to the Super Bowl. I don’t think they’ll get in it much less win it… I can’t see them pushing past the Patriots, Steelers or Ravens, much less the NFC team they’d meet in the SB.

  121. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:02 PM

    Dolphins graab tebow trade 1pick to pitts for wallace second pick fix the line trade 7th for chad ocho, in between fix the de,te,corner etc …thanks right back in it….

  122. zonedogz says: Mar 19, 2012 3:05 PM

    Memo to Alex Smith : tell your new agent now is a good time to up the ante with the 9er’s. Give it back to Harblow!

  123. briang123 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:07 PM

    Nothing like talking huge money to get the attention of a guy that is not about the money and is looking for the best chance to win.

  124. sod61 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:07 PM

    Manning can move his family to the nice wholesome city of Denver, just ask Darrent Williams. Glad in the end it was not about money.

  125. shaggytoodle says: Mar 19, 2012 3:15 PM

    bobhk says:Mar 19, 2012 2:29 PM

    Knew this was coming from a faders fan even without looking at the handle.

    I’m not a fan of Denver but puhleez. I’d rather have Manning than Palmer. On top of that Faders don’t even have first round picks.
    __________________________

    Oakland is lacking more than that.
    2nd round: Traded to the New England Patriots for 2011 3rd- and 4th-round picks.
    3rd round: Exercised in 2011 supplemental draft (Terrelle Pryor).
    4th round: Traded to the Washington Redskins for Jason Campbell.

    This division is going to be very interesting the next couple of seasons. I look foward to seeing how things pan out. All the teams have been last year, Denver has the edge, but who knows how Manning will hold up.

  126. SOBEIT says: Mar 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    I guess Peyton is not the competitor I thought he was. I also guess Peyton is happy being the 2nd best QB in their family with only 1 SB win. No way he wins one with the Broncos. But he can always hold onto being the best regular season player in NFL history. I say pass on Smith and sign Josh Johnson as the bridge to Kaepernick who has a better arm, is more mobile and makes faster decisions than Smith. Josh Johnson can revive his career with the Harbaugh and the Niners on a 2 year contract while Kaepernick improves next year. No loss…Niners are still in the playoffs without Manning or Smith.

  127. silvernblak says: Mar 19, 2012 3:17 PM

    Look at those 3 idiots standing there like they just bought themselves an era of superbowl rings for 94ml’ like presidential candidates. The real winner here is Indi for cutting him. The broncos just spent a fortune for another injury prone veteran who thinks he can win another superbowl while in his overly primed ego! Broncos will not be superbowl contenders anytime soon. Atleast while manning is filling his pockets with 95 million. Does anyone really believe the colts can’t forsee where Mannings career is going now and just got a wild hair and decidedto cut a hall a famer for the he’ll of it? Broncos just broke the bank, made Manning more rich then he already is just to their donkeys fall from contention in the west to the Raiders every year! This will be the dumbest acquisition of all time! It takes more then a QB to win championships and the broncos O linewull have Manning running for his life and Manning can’t run???? Hello!!!! Lol

  128. jets4gold says: Mar 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    In no way he will see pass yyear 3 of this contract simply because of his age.. It WILL be a back loaded contract with around $20+ million in year 4 and 5 so he wont see any of it. Possibly 30 million guarenteed

  129. The Deep Dig says: Mar 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    Patriots should use strategy to obtain Tebow as a non-QB.

    http://t.co/WyBmUYO5

  130. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Mar 19, 2012 3:19 PM

    not bad! almost as much as his little brother makes!
    (the one with 2 sb wins)

  131. yevrag3535 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:20 PM

    Missing games by November. Playing outdoors will kill his neck. He is not a youngster anymore.

  132. trollhammer20 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:20 PM

    villa41 says:Mar 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    Sorry, you have it backwards guy. The Denver defense was protected by a Denver offense that ran the ball more than anyone in the league (ranked #1) and ate up the clock, which kept the Denver D off the field. Now, Petyon is going to want to run his own show and throw the ball, which will result in more three and outs.
    ___________________________

    The way it worked for years in Indy is, Peyton would pass his team out to a nice lead, then they’d release the hounds like Freeney, Brock, and Mathis, who would rack up sacks as teams tried to pass their way back into contention.

    I look at Denver, with Miller and Dumervil, and see a couple of hounds that will be released on a regular basis next year. God help the team down 17 midway through the third quarter.

  133. derekdallas says: Mar 19, 2012 3:21 PM

    All the Manning hate over this is pretty stupid.

    He wanted to stay in Indy, didn’t ask for all this circus but made up his mind in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS without a word to the media.

    Can’t say he traded rings for money when:
    He wanted to stay with the Colts
    All 3 finalists would’ve paid him about the same
    All 3 finalists are arguably better than the Colts if you take Manning out of the lineup!

    Bottom line dude didn’t ask for this and is trying to do what’s best for him and not be an ass to anyone. I don’t fault him at all and glad he stayed in the AFC so my Cowboys don’t have to face him – one Manning is hard enough!

  134. backtothebowl says: Mar 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    BIG$$$

    Way to go Archie!

  135. drakej541 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    as a Seahawk fan, I’m glad to see him in the AFC West and not the NFC West, cause i thought for sure that he wanted to win now, not never!!! But I guess just like any other pro sport these days, when isn’t it about money!!!! Now maybe the Seahawks can steal another QB away from Miami? Wouldn’t that piss off Dolphin fans!!!??? Bahahahaha

  136. thesixersbench says: Mar 19, 2012 3:29 PM

    The lesson, as always:

    It’s all about the money.

  137. bwisnasky says: Mar 19, 2012 3:32 PM

    jdandcoke says:
    Mar 19, 2012 2:18 PM
    the broncose made the playoffs without a qb last year. their defense, which is for real, wont be spending 40 minutes on the field every week any more. people who dont think that a healthy peyton turns denver into a legit threat are a bunch of morons….or disgruntled 49′er fans.

    ——————————————–

    They also lost their Defensive Co-ordinator from last year and will be starting with a new Defensive Co-ordinator for like the 8th year in a row.. Champ isn’t that young anymore, Dawkins is done…. Their D was tough last year, but I’m not so sure the loss of Dennis Allen isn’t going to hurt their promising young D more than everyone thinks it will….

  138. ahostiletakeover says: Mar 19, 2012 3:34 PM

    None of us know exactly what Manning is thinking so we shouldn’t presume too much. That said, looking at Denver’s team compared to SF and even tennessee, its obvious a big part of his decision was the all powerful benjamin. It is sort of disappointing from a lot of people’s perspectives because we know how great of a QB Peyton WAS and how much money he has been paid over the years by the Colts and the dozens of endorsement deals. So to see him “cop out” with the team that didn’t have the best talent for some extra bucks is disappointing to those who know Manning as a competitor. I guarantee you the Titans and Niners still have a better chance of making the playoffs this year than Denver 0-1 game last year as it was so to think Manning is going to come in and simply blow the Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders totally away is wwishful thinking on anyone’s part. Enjoy the smiles while you can Bowlen and Elway.

  139. azjohnny says: Mar 19, 2012 3:35 PM

    money wise it was what I was expecting. I am sure there is some clauses in the contract to protect the Broncos ass in case Manning cant play. The Broncos will get that money back in increased revenue and getting them some nationally televised games

  140. bagjr387 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    Peyton Manning + 7th or 8th ranked defense=CHAMPIONSHIPS. Denvers D is better than any D peyton ever played with in Indy. with the right coaching moves the sky is the limit. definitly a superbowl appearance if he stays healthy

  141. hawaiifunfnull says: Mar 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    Once the Broncos trade Tebow, one aspect of this deal will be already be a success in Elways’ eyes: dispatching Tebow without causing a fan revolt.

  142. jjackwagon says: Mar 19, 2012 3:41 PM

    +1 You all are going to see what Peyton Manning is without Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Marvin Harrison, and company.
    ————————————————-
    Will take Denver at least two years to build the offense around Manning and he doesn’t have that kind of time.

  143. mackie66 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    Dont u real NFl fans worry about Timbow. Tim may throw a funny pass now and then, but the kid is a winner. And he wins where ever he goes.

  144. azwildcats96 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    sod61 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 3:07 PM
    Manning can move his family to the nice wholesome city of Denver, just ask Darrent Williams. Glad in the end it was not about money.
    —————————————————-

    Right, cause no one ever gets tragically murdered in California or Tennessee. There’s this thing called “logic”. When you make an argument you should try to use it. One death doesn’t make a place unwholesome nor does it have anything to do with the motivations of signing a contract. The fact that you would make light of the tragic murder of a good person says a lot about you.

  145. cluelessdufus says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    This isn’t a smart choice to sign Manning with 1 hit to the neck he is done don’t believe me watch and it not good for 5 YEARS!!!!!!!!! HE WILL BE 42. I like the Broncos a lot there my 2nd favorite team 1st vikings and I been a noticing what there doing with this turnaround from 2 years ago but bad move

  146. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:44 PM

    Maimi need to sign tebow, get wallace for the first pic, get chad for the 7th pic, 23456th pics fix the rt,de,corner,and etc. Best we can do with out another player saying no…..

  147. cluelessdufus says: Mar 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    This isn’t a smart choice to sign Manning with 1 hit to the neck he is done don’t believe me watch and it not good for 5 YEARS!!!!!!!!! HE WILL BE 42. I like the Broncos a lot there my 2nd favorite team 1st vikings and I been a noticing what there doing with this turnaround from 2 years ago but bad move and too much money

  148. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 3:46 PM

    And fire iraland for ….Marino

  149. omgitskardashian says: Mar 19, 2012 3:53 PM

    This is honestly john elway’s dream scenario. He can finally do what everyone always saw he wanted to do, but lied about the entire time. If manning sucks or gets injured, he could say “well, i risked it on a hall of famer” and not an “unproven” young quarterback who just didnt have the mechanics. if tebow balls hard, then good for him. He works hard and i wouldnt be surprised if he won a super bowl. mind you, trent dilfer has won a super bowl. ANYTHING can happen. i feel like this is a win-win scenario for everyone at the end of the day. I was getting so sick of the tebow-elway bull. Wow, the storylines are going to be absolutely crazy this season. The two biggest stories in football are literally smashing together right now. Let the Return of Peyton Manning and the Quest of Tim Tebow to Get a Coach to Like Him Even Though He Wins Games collide.

  150. tittsburghfeelers says: Mar 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    Some of you fans are morons. Peyton did not choose money over rings. Wouldn’t you want to get paid what you’re worth? A hall of game QB is with $15-$20 million, that’s why he got…fair market value. I hate the donkeys but they were the right choice. Niners fans need to understand their team isn’t as good as they would like to think they are. Niners had a very soft schedule last year. They got the cowboys at home, the giants at home (twice) the eagles early in the year when they were terrible and the steelers a week after Roethlisbergers injury so he couldn’t barely even move let alone throw. They had one tough opponent on the road, the ravens. Next year niners have the bears, jets, patriots and saints all on the road. Sorry niner fans you are 8-8 at best next year.

  151. Rockets GM says: Mar 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    Face it, none of you know what the hell you’re talking about. LOL

  152. malice420dotcom says: Mar 19, 2012 4:08 PM

    Is an Archie 1000 yard restraining order part of the deal ?

  153. sod61 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    I wonder if Mr. Ed is going to personally work with Tebow now on his mechanics in the offseason.

  154. krakyahead says: Mar 19, 2012 4:17 PM

    They better write this contract with a lot of guarantees Manning was sacked 29 times in his final two seasons with the Colts the Broncos have surrendered 116 sacks over the last 3 seasons Manning’s going to get crushed behind that porous line.

  155. nremi85 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:21 PM

    Saints players how much is manning worth to take out :)

  156. goindy2006 says: Mar 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    I think at this point he really needs to change his name to Payton Itsallaboutthemoney.

  157. kenny328usa says: Mar 19, 2012 4:31 PM

    Whats really ridiculous is that sharks123 didn’t learn how to spell rediculous before he dropped out of elementary school.

  158. darthsaint says: Mar 19, 2012 4:33 PM

    I’m willing to bet money a large portion of you who are talking trash about Manning, defended Brees and said the Saints were 100% wrong. Brees is a year younger and arguably the better QB.

    But the Saints offered a contract larger than this and Condon (Brees Agent), wouldn’t budge from wanting 23million per year.

    I love how Manning is a horrible person for taking 19million per year but the Saints are a horrible organization for offering 21million per year to Brees. You guys don’t keep anything in context.

    Brees is to the Saints, what Denver hopes Manning will be to their organization. They obviously liked what they saw in workouts…as did every other team since NONE of them rescinded their offeres/interest after seeing him workout or talk with their doctors.

    Point is…Manning had no better option to win anywhere else except San Francisco. And Manning initially said he would rather play in the AFC where he doesn’t have to face his brother unless they both reach the SB. Between that, what relationship he seems to have with Elway, and of course MONEY…Manning made the right decision for himself.

    Try to keep some things in perspective every once in a while guys. So quick to judge players.

  159. thingamajig says: Mar 19, 2012 4:34 PM

    Contract details:
    2012 Signing bonus $10, salary 1 million
    2013 salary 1 million
    2014 salary 1 million
    2015 salary 1 million
    2016 salary 91 million
    No guarantees

  160. frank booth says: Mar 19, 2012 4:55 PM

    kenny328usa says:
    Mar 19, 2012 4:31 PM
    Whats really ridiculous is that sharks123 didn’t learn how to spell rediculous before he dropped out of elementary school.
    ===================================
    Even more silly is the fact that you spelled the contraction for “What is” as “Whats” rather than “What’s” while you were trying to point out someone else’s mistake. I’m guessing that you dropped out before sharks123 did.

  161. melikefootball says: Mar 19, 2012 5:09 PM

    I bet the Denver media can’t wait till the training camps begin with all the story lines they will have. Average Joe cannot even come close to understanding this kind of money.

  162. coreyn23 says: Mar 19, 2012 5:15 PM

    “In other news, thousands of teachers, cops, and fire fighters are underpaid while entertainers and sports figures make more than they could spend in a lifetime.
    Twisted world we live in.”

    It’s simply supply and demand. People willing to pay to see the NFL and buy the merchandise are the reason they are paid so much. If the players weren’t getting it the owners would be. Until people quit paying for the NFL, it wont end. It’s simple economics.

  163. davidcl77 says: Mar 19, 2012 9:50 PM

    What happened to, “I’ll take little or no guaranteed money, and my salary can be based on production?” Sounds a little less than $95 million.

  164. nflscitech says: Mar 19, 2012 10:19 PM

    Has anyone considered the advantage Peyton MAY enjoy by playing @ Mile High? Could the Manning “team” have considered this factor with respect to mitigating possible issues with his arm strength, velocity, resistance and the like?

    Think of it this way: Atmospheric pressure at sea level is 14.696 pounds per square inch (PSI). At an altitude of 5,280 feet it is about 12.1 PSI, over 15% less. 15% less air resistance will make a LOT of difference…

    In addition to the contract, cash, possible player reunions, and MAYBE the addition of Mike Wallace, one has to wonder if this hypothesis played any part in the decision making process. Science plays a key role in professional sports these days and players like Peyton are very aware of the data and advantages.

    Just sayin’ it could explain a part of why he chose Denver and not SF.

  165. frank booth says: Mar 19, 2012 11:09 PM

    nflscitech says:
    Mar 19, 2012 10:19 PM
    Has anyone considered the advantage Peyton MAY enjoy by playing @ Mile High? Could the Manning “team” have considered this factor with respect to mitigating possible issues with his arm strength, velocity, resistance and the like?

    Think of it this way: Atmospheric pressure at sea level is 14.696 pounds per square inch (PSI). At an altitude of 5,280 feet it is about 12.1 PSI, over 15% less. 15% less air resistance will make a LOT of difference…

    In addition to the contract, cash, possible player reunions, and MAYBE the addition of Mike Wallace, one has to wonder if this hypothesis played any part in the decision making process. Science plays a key role in professional sports these days and players like Peyton are very aware of the data and advantages.

    Just sayin’ it could explain a part of why he chose Denver and not SF.
    ===================================
    I would doubt it. He still has to throw the ball and he still has to take a hit. The only intent of your post was to try and look intelligent, anyway, with information that can be garnered anywhere on the internet. By the way, it’s a nerve issue, not an issue of arm strength.

  166. nflscitech says: Mar 20, 2012 12:26 AM

    Frank Booth: Yes, of course it’s related to nerve issues – goes without saying. Since I work in this field, my “intent” was not as you assert above, rather, it was to advance the hypothesis set forth with respect atmospheric pressure and the like.

    HERE IS THE SCIENCE, FRANK: The body is made up of a set of levers, whose movements copy the geometry of classical mechanics and these levers are powered by muscles. Each of more than 600 muscles is served by nerves. Linking muscles to the brain and spinal cord, a network of nerve circuits carries signals that direct the ebb and flow of muscular energy.

    Since bones act as the levers, joints perform as living fulcrums. Muscle, attached to bones by tendons and other connective tissue, exerts force by converting chemical energy into tension and contraction. When a muscle contracts, it shortens, in many cases pulling bone like a lever across its hinge = ARM STRENGTH.

    Seriously, why attack me on such a personal level, Frank? Just wanted to share another perspective based in science – facts that rang true for me when I read this thread. Geez…

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