The teams that considered signing Peyton Manning all understood that bringing Manning in would mean ceding a lot of the offensive coordinator’s authority to the quarterback. But John Elway would like to make clear that in Denver, they haven’t ceded any of the personnel authority to Manning.
“Peyton is not involved in the draft process,” Elway said today, via Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.
It says a lot about the way the Broncos have gone all-in on Manning that that even needs to be said. Players are supposed to be focusing on getting themselves ready, not on thinking about which college players the team should add.
But the reality is that even if Manning isn’t personally sitting in the draft room and telling Elway who he wants, there’s little doubt that Manning’s presence on the Broncos looms large in the team’s decisions. The Broncos knew when they signed Manning that they were trying to win now and that they’d try to acquire the kinds of players who can fit in the offense that Manning will run, and that means that while Manning may not actually be providing specific input about specific players, his presence is very much a part of the Broncos’ draft process.