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Broncos tentatively plan to introduce Peyton on Tuesday afternoon

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On Monday, Peyton Manning picked the Broncos.  On Tuesday, the Broncos plan to formally introduce the team’s first true franchise quarterback since John Elway to the fans and the media.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says the arrangements are tentative, presumably since the i’s haven’t been dotted and the t’s haven’t been crossed on what will be one of the most scrutinized contracts in NFL history.

If the press conference occurs, owner Pat Bowlen will present Peyton with his jersey.  Although No. 18 has been retired in honor of quarterback Frank Tripucka, Klis writes that Peyton was considering talking with Tripucka on Tuesday morning to seek his permission to don the number.  Tripucka said in an interview last week that he’d be honored if Peyton wears the jersey.

But with the Colts already retiring Manning’s No. 18, maybe Peyton should leave No. 18 in Indy and pick a new number for his stint with the Broncos.  How about 16, the number Peyton wore at Tennessee?  Or 19, in honor of John Unitas?

If, in the end, Peyton decides to dust off a number that has been retired for someone else, here’s hoping that he’ll be willing at some point down the road to allow some hot-shot free agent who chooses to play for the Colts to take No. 18 down from the rafters.

Bottom line?  If Peyton thinks he would have any misgivings about letting someone else wear his number 18 in Indy, he simply shouldn’t wear Frank Tripucka’s number in Denver.

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  1. ttommytom says: Mar 20, 2012 9:36 AM

    You honor the number by NOT wearing it. It was retired for a reason.

  2. onlysane1intheroom says: Mar 20, 2012 9:37 AM

    Manning really shouldn’t even consider wearing 18 for Denver. Smacks of arrogance.

  3. raiderinva says: Mar 20, 2012 9:40 AM

    Hey Peyton go ahead and deal with the stigma and karma that come from wearing an already retired number.

    After all it worked out so well for Jerry Rice after Steve Largent said OK to him wearing #80.

  4. hedleykow says: Mar 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    During the introduction, it would be hilarious if Manning were to stop short of the podium, drop to one knee, curl a gently placed fist into his forehead (like he is praying really hard), and then spring out of the pose while expressing how “Only Kidding” he was.

  5. zor9999 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:41 AM

    The only hold-up is finishing the Papa Johns set at Invesco Field where the announcement will be made.

  6. justafanofitall says: Mar 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    Give the guy a break…….Frank Tripucka thinks it would be a honor….subject ended.

  7. savocabol1 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    If a number is retired, then no one should be allowed to wear it. Doesn’t matter who is asking to put it on. You retire a number for a reason.

  8. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:43 AM

    You all do understand that this isn’t a young Mike Shanahan who was trained on how to build a championship franchish by the 49ers…running the Donkies.

    This is not gonna work. The Donkies are faaaaaaar away from the Superbowl. That Patriots beat down that they endured will repeat itself next year if they meet in the playoffs. If the Donkies will even get there. You all know Philip Rivers owns Peyton, plus he’s up against Carson Palmer two times a year.

    All this is going to do is solidify The Bay Area’s own Tom Brady as the best QB to ever play, and most def the best QB of his era.

  9. damnsureis says: Mar 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    Peyton seems like a pretty “me-first” type of guy. I’m actually surprised he let Eli have “Manning” put on the back of his jersey.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    “If, in the end, Peyton decides to dust off a number that has been retired for someone else, here’s hoping that he’ll be willing at some point down the road to allow some hot-shot free agent who chooses to play for the Colts to take No. 18 down from the rafters.”

    I’m sure if that “hot shot free agent” was a (and the only) 4-time NFL MVP Peyton would have no problem with it….

  11. mightyleemoon says: Mar 20, 2012 9:46 AM

    I like the idea of him going with his former college number. Hopefully, he decides to go that route and respect the concept of the retired number.

  12. halen11 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:47 AM

    Let’s make this as awkward as possible. Peyton should only sign on the condition that he can wear #7.

  13. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 20, 2012 9:50 AM

    If you really want to ruffle some feather, try on number 15 for size. But leave 18 up on the rafters, Montana did it, Peyton can do it.

  14. rip4gehrig says: Mar 20, 2012 9:52 AM

    Maybe John will let him wear #7

  15. bayareasportguru says: Mar 20, 2012 9:53 AM

    Peyton after they present you to the media, mabey then they can address who you are going to throw the ball to. I checked out the receivers on the Bronkos and could’nt find one that is a legitimate receiver. Looks like you’ll have the same luck that Tebow had LOL. And as far as Super Bowls go, PLEASE!!!. You’ll be watching them on TV like the rest of us. Certainly not playing in them. You should have picked the 49ers over the Money but as they say Cash is King. Sorry Peyton…. Good luck in Oblivion

  16. modhairken says: Mar 20, 2012 9:54 AM

    Brilliant move, Elway. Except, Manning is a 14 year QB with a neck fusion, who has not played in over a year. The first serious hit he takes — if his arm is even better than a wet paper towel — will be the end.

    When Manning plays two games and retires, Elway will claim he needed to make a bold move. Meanwhile, the small minority of fans who currently say, “WTF? Manning is damaged goods” will grow very loud, Tebow will be long gone and Denver will be set back five years. Elway will go back to being a car salesman.

    Anyone who thinks Tebow cannot get the job done, let me ask, was Cam Newton in the playoffs last year? Go back and review the 4th Qtr of the UF-Alabama game the year Tebow won the Heisman.

  17. eastcoastninerfan says: Mar 20, 2012 9:55 AM

    damnsureis says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:45 AM
    Peyton seems like a pretty “me-first” type of guy. I’m actually surprised he let Eli have “Manning” put on the back of his jersey.

    That’s hilarious, Damnsureis! I’m stealing this as my facebook status!

  18. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 20, 2012 9:56 AM

    First bad sign of the Manning Era in Denver. Deion wore 37 because he was 37. Whatever. The number is retired. #16, in orange like at Tennessee, would be a much better look.

  19. zeusiv0ii says: Mar 20, 2012 9:57 AM

    The man said he’s fine with it. The only people who seem to have a problem with it are everyone but the sole two people it concerns.

  20. dscol715 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    Of course Tripucka said yes. If he says no he would look petty. They are putting him in an impossible situation. Do you really think a washed up Jerry Rice had any business wearing Steve Largent’s number in Seattle?

  21. purplengold says: Mar 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    @hedleykow

    “…and now I’d like to introduce our new option / blocking back, Tim Tebow!”

  22. sschmiggles says: Mar 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    Who cares, it’s just a number.

    Montana wore 3 at Notre Dame, 16 at SF, and 19 for KC because they retired 16. It’s not the number, it’s what underneath the jersey that counts.

  23. hellswitch says: Mar 20, 2012 10:00 AM

    This from NFL.com says it all: “As great as Manning has been, he is not the sole missing piece. He’s close, but relying on him as a crutch is about as dangerous as the Philadelphia Eagles thinking all those flashy transactions last August would make them impenetrable.”
    _________________________________
    Quinn (though no big loss) is gone. If they trade Tebow and Manning fails to live up to his name, you might as well watch the Denver jersey sales plummet into the earth for the next 5 years. Actually the city might go up in flames….

  24. thermalito says: Mar 20, 2012 10:02 AM

    @modhairken: Tebow is horrible and will be out of football in less than 2 years. The Broncos won with him last year because they ran into a stretch of games against struggling teams and their defense played well for awhile. We saw what happened against the Bills and Patriots and Chiefs with Tebow looking completely out of his league. The fact you’re referencing college games says it all. st

  25. andyreidisfat says: Mar 20, 2012 10:02 AM

    I still think this is a mistake on mannings part.

    Oh and how and in what way is a 36 year old a “franchise” QB? I mean seriously.

    Usually when a guy who missed the last season with 4 neck surgeries signs with a team we call it a long shot.

    This whole manning thing has been media driven from the start. If he was really all that special anymore I have to believe more than 5 teams would have publicly lobbied for him.

    This will end up a huge mistake. And as much as I can’t stand the holy one I really hope he stays in the afc so his team can go further than the broncos.

    Also the broncos need to do the right thing and cut tebow. After all the crap he has been put through by this joke of a gm he deserves to decide his own fate

  26. thermalito says: Mar 20, 2012 10:05 AM

    Peyton Manning is a coward who went to Denver because he didn’t want the pressure of being expected to win a Superbowl. When he fails to win one this year (and fail he will), everybody can blame it on his first year in a new system, team has some holes, etc.
    Peyton Manning has never been about championships. Thats more obvious now than ever. His legacy will be stats and stats only.

  27. homelanddefense says: Mar 20, 2012 10:08 AM

    I would expect no less from Manning. Its always his way or no way.

  28. jfox012 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    Big difference jackaloo, this number isn’t being lent to ‘some hot shot rookie’. One legend to another.

  29. anthonyinatl says: Mar 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:43 AM
    You all do understand that this isn’t a young Mike Shanahan who was trained on how to build a championship franchish by the 49ers…running the Donkies.

    This is not gonna work. The Donkies are faaaaaaar away from the Superbowl. That Patriots beat down that they endured will repeat itself next year if they meet in the playoffs. If the Donkies will even get there. You all know Philip Rivers owns Peyton, plus he’s up against Carson Palmer two times a year.

    All this is going to do is solidify The Bay Area’s own Tom Brady as the best QB to ever play, and most def the best QB of his era.
    ————————————————-
    Donkies? Really? Is that your best smack?

    You even futher show your ignorance by touting Carson Palmer as a threat.

    Cmon’ dude! How about you come back when your team becomes relevant again.

  30. disgruntledalways says: Mar 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    I Think with Manning switching teams that he should leave his number with Indy and start a new chapter in history!

  31. lurch61 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:12 AM

    ” How about 16, the number Peyton wore at Tennessee? Or 19, in honor of John Unitas?”

    Or use the #16 as suggested BUT in honor of the best QB to ever play the game JOE MONTANA!

  32. luckysunday20 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    Well its not like Peyton forced the Colts to retire 18 and who knows Manning might not even care if anyone wears it in Indy.

  33. damnsureis says: Mar 20, 2012 10:18 AM

    He should wear 19. As in the $19 million per year that he’s making.

  34. ahs2 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    Too many from-the-hip posters without facts. Manning never asked for 18. Tripucka was asked during a local story at the onset of the Manning chase if he had any issue letting 18 come back out. If you actually READ the story, you can tell the guy wasn’t coerced but genuinely happy at the prospect of Manning wearing it. The guy even said the number had retired long enough (look up the cool/unusual story of how it was retired in the first place). I wish I had the power to make people believe what I said and not bother with doing their own due diligence, that’s awesome!!!

  35. gmen1987 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:21 AM

    Peyton should wear number 15. Just to piss off the Tebow fangirls even more.

  36. stonecld33 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:22 AM

    Maybe the dolphins should dust of ole number 13 and let garrard wear it for.

  37. stonecld33 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:22 AM

    Who wore number 18 in Denver? And had it retired!

  38. mrclaytonbigsby says: Mar 20, 2012 10:23 AM

    Just gonna put this out there…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/05/broncos-give-the-keys-to-john-elway/

  39. gooboy6 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    Everybody forgets that by sept , he’ll be halfway to age 37, 18 months and 4 neck surgeries since he last set foot on an NFL field. I”ll believe it when I see it.

  40. jeziyo247 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    First of all you don’t have your facts right, way before Peyton even made his decision, Tripucka said it be a honor if manning wear the number 18 and that he’ll allow the broncos to bring it out of retirement. Stop bashing manning, its not like he ask Tripucka if he can unretire 18, it wasn’t the main factor in his decision making, he would be fine wearing another number

  41. ahs2 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    modhairken says:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:54 AM

    Anyone who thinks Tebow cannot get the job done, let me ask, was Cam Newton in the playoffs last year? Go back and review the 4th Qtr of the UF-Alabama game the year Tebow won the Heisman.
    _______________________________

    Should I start with the ridiculous comparison of the NFC South vs the AFC West, the Panthers supporting cast vs the Broncos’ or that you want us readers to go back to the 4th quarter of a college football game from years ago?!

    Tebow fans need to quit bagging on Denver Mgmt and simply follow their guy wherever he ends up as they obviously put one guy above the team.

  42. blacknole08 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:25 AM

    I think it is a bit disrespectful to wear a retired #. Manning should respectfully decline and just be honored that he got someone to pay him like a top 3 QB. Show that you are a team guy and get a new #

  43. Stiller43 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:27 AM

    A #19 broncos jersey to honor unitas? Thats the dumbest thing ive heard in a while.

  44. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 20, 2012 10:29 AM

    How about the number zero? Because that’s exactly how many SuperBowls he will win there.

  45. shadeforourbattle says: Mar 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Just a thought, but as a former college football player myself, football players are not nice people. Football players don’t need Greg Williams’ like tactics deployed. If football players know that you have an injury, they will do whatever it takes to inflict harm on that area of the body until the injured player taps out. Trust me I know, I have had to tap out of games because of an injury and have caused opponents to tap out because of their injury. Football is very much like boxing. Muhamed Ali would show no mercy. If you had a cut on your eye, he would pound it until your eye closed and now you were fighting the greatest with one eye. If you had a broken rib, Ali would brutalize that area of the body until the opponent was knocked out. The same will happen with Manning. Manning is one flagrant face mask twist, mid back hit creating whiplash, 300 pound DT Jumping on his back and driving him to the ground from being out of the game. Hope it does not happen, but that is the game of football. Manning and the Broncos have nobody to blame but themselves if this happens. They are both well aware of what this sport is. No referee can protect you from a player that intends to inflict harm on your injury.

  46. dlw492 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:40 AM

    Does Tebow still enter camp as the starter? :)

  47. duanethomas says: Mar 20, 2012 10:41 AM

    Will Tebow be there? Will the Tebowmaniacs switch alliance to Manning? Is Tebow going to demand a trade?

  48. electionconfidential says: Mar 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    He’ll take a lot of heat if he takes the old man’s number… not saying he should or shouldn’t but people will hold it against him…

  49. bumbler19 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:45 AM

    @bayareasportguru….

    Really? No recievers. You are such a homer it has made you blind.

    In Deckers first four games with a QB that can throw he ha 55 points non ppr.

    D. Thomas’ last seven games (2 playoffs) had him scoring 95 points non ppr. With a QB that was only completing 46% of his passes.

    No recievers!? Have fun with Moss and Crabtree crying all year. Who will throw the ball when Smith doesn’t come back? Tebow….? HA!a

  50. jcanter says: Mar 20, 2012 10:45 AM

    Here is my thought on what jersey Manning should wear:

    #7.. bring it out of retirement. And instead of putting Manning on the back, we substitute that for Elway. Do this please, and then when I see him throwing some fastballs, I’m going to pretend I’m seeing John Elway throw the pigskin once again. This will bring great joy to my Sunday’s.

    ..and on a side note. Having to play Carson Palmer twice a year? Really?? That is comical. The only team scared of Carson Palmer is the Raiders.

  51. jcanter says: Mar 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    Here is my thought on what jersey Manning should wear:

    #7.. bring it out of retirement. And instead of putting Manning on the back, we substitute that for Elway. Do this please, and then when I see him throwing some fastballs, I’m going to pretend I’m seeing John Elway throw the pigskin once again. This will bring great joy to my Sundays.

    ..and on a side note. Having to play Carson Palmer twice a year? Really?? That is comical. The only team scared of Carson Palmer is the Raiders.

  52. dmitchell624 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    raiderlyfe510 wrote:
    Mar 20, 2012 9:43 AM
    You all do understand that this isn’t a young Mike Shanahan who was trained on how to build a championship franchish by the 49ers…running the Donkies.

    You mean the Mike Shanahan your owner, Al Davis fired only to watch him win 2 super bowls with Denver?

    This is not gonna work. The Donkies are faaaaaaar away from the Superbowl. That Patriots beat down that they endured will repeat itself next year if they meet in the playoffs. If the Donkies will even get there.

    Long before the Faiders get there.
    You do remember you choked in the your big game last year that would have earned you the playoffs. Does that mean Rivers owns Palmer too?

    You all know Philip Rivers owns Peyton, plus he’s up against Carson Palmer two times a year.

    Carson Palmer? That is supposed to worry a defense? Bengal fans were thrilled to see him go and I saw why last year. Talk about done. The DB’s in the AFC west appreciate Palmer more than his receivers but then he throws to the DB’s

  53. gacoltfan says: Mar 20, 2012 10:55 AM

    Too many from-the-hip posters without facts. Manning never asked for 18. Tripucka was asked during a local story at the onset of the Manning chase if he had any issue letting 18 come back out. If you actually READ the story, you can tell the guy wasn’t coerced but genuinely happy at the prospect of Manning wearing it.

    ahs2 – they can’t do that, facts would get in the way of their bashing Manning.

  54. JaminJake says: Mar 20, 2012 10:58 AM

    Funniest thing I have read in a good while. Comparing Cam Newton to Tebow. Difference, Cam can throw the ball.

  55. jcanter says: Mar 20, 2012 10:58 AM

    @shadeforourbattle

    Hey bozo,

    The doctor has already said that Manning’s neck is stronger now than before the injury. The only thing that was in the air was whether his nerves and arm strength would return, which they have.

    ANY player is one bad hit or cheap shot away from retirement.

    Don’t be jealous, we have Manning and you don’t. ;)

  56. gacoltfan says: Mar 20, 2012 11:04 AM

    Manning is one flagrant face mask twist, mid back hit creating whiplash, 300 pound DT Jumping on his back and driving him to the ground from being out of the game.

    And what QB wouldn’t be in danger of his career ending if that happened? Again, don’t worry about the fact that the leading doctors in the field have all said he is at no more risk than any other QB. Forget the fact that several other players including linebackers that take far more and harder hits to the head and neck have had the same surgery and still play.

    Even if he does get injured and doesn’t play again, the Broncos are still better off because it allows them to get rid of Tebow. Face it people, he may be a great guy, but he is an awful NFL QB. Do any of you that think he is so great watch or know anything about pro football?

    I can see a little bit how real Bronco (not Tebow) fans could be upset. With the schedule they have and Tebow at QB, they were assured of getting the #1 pick (Matt Barkley) next year. Now that opportunity is gone.

  57. camdenyard says: Mar 20, 2012 11:08 AM

    “How about…19, in honor of John Unitas?”

    How about…NO.

    Signed,
    Baltimore

  58. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Mar 20, 2012 11:14 AM

    Carson Palmer threw for over 400 yards in that game against San Diego you friggin’ idiots.

    It was the crappy defense that let the Raiders down…Rivers didn’t get touched once and receivers were running wide open everywhere.

    You Donkey fans should know what you’re talking about before you spew your hate…but then again, you are Donkey fans. Not the brightest bunch around.

  59. nicosanchez02 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:15 AM

    how about 96K!

  60. drakej541 says: Mar 20, 2012 11:19 AM

    @ahs2: He was, player, turned coach, turned back into player, and threw the first TD pass in franchise, and AFL history. But time, and history must move on, and this is the NFL not AFL!!! “Half the Bronco fans right now are reading my post and wondering “why the hell does my team have an Arena League QB’s number retired!!??”

  61. thermalito says: Mar 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    Defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of the Broncos, but there were too many games last year they looked like they didn’t even belong on an NFL field. They were scorched nearly everytime they faced a quality QB.

  62. rogerbrad says: Mar 20, 2012 11:39 AM

    He needs to leave the retired number alone and get a new number. Come on Manning, GROW UP!!!

  63. voxnovo says: Mar 20, 2012 12:58 PM

    Mike:

    As a narrow logic chop, your point is defensible. But it’s way too fussy.

    Despite his achievements, Tripucka was no Peyton Manning. Thus, the idea that there should be symmetry between them is less compelling than you seem to think.

    Tripucka should lend his number to Peyton. But if Peyton were the retired player and Tripucka had just signed with the same franchise, I wouldn’t expect or wish for the reverse.

  64. vetdana says: Mar 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    After studying these comments…it absolutely amazes how many people think that P.Manning …can do no wrong , has the same skill sets as he had years ago, before his surgeries and expect him to play and not be injured.. under any circumstances ! All this is… wishful thinking …………Thumbs down anyone ?

  65. aubreywilliamsjr says: Mar 20, 2012 1:02 PM

    A Retired number should remain retired. That’s how you show respect for the number and the player for which it was Retired.

  66. ceschatz says: Mar 20, 2012 1:31 PM

    Its a freaking number people. Who gives a sh#t.

  67. shadeforourbattle says: Mar 20, 2012 5:33 PM

    @jcanter
    Why do you think Troy Aikman had multiple head/brain trauma injuries late in his career that forced him too leave the game? That’s right, his neck was just the same as Peyton’s is now, fused and everything with the doctors giving him a clean bill of health. Funny thing, the other teams defense did not accept the doctor’s prognosis and targeted that specific area of his body. Guess what happens when a 250 to 300 pound plus man decides to target your head? It ain’t pretty, just ask Troy. Refs and fines can’t protect you as I previously stated. Psst… is Peyton’s offensive line as good as the Cowboy’s was with Troy? Yeah, I don’t think so. Who is the bozo now @jcanter

  68. jeziyo247 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:24 PM

    Finally someone who makes sense, I wonder what people want to bang on manning about? Oh I know, they gonna want him to put P. Manning on the back of his jersey.

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