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John Elway asked Peyton Manning before signing Wes Welker

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning shakes hands with vice-president John Elway in Englewood Reuters

John Elway calls the shots in Denver. But he checks with Peyton Manning first.

Elway, the Broncos’ front office boss, confirmed today that before signing free agent receiver Wes Welker, he first called Manning to see whether Manning thought Welker would be a good addition to Denver’s passing game.

I asked Peyton about it yesterday to make sure he was on board,’’ Elway said, via the Denver Post.

That’s not surprising. The Broncos’ brass haven’t made any secret of the fact that everything they do is about building a team around Manning that can win a title in the remaining years Manning has left. And before they make a significant move like bringing in Welker, they’d like to see if Manning agrees that it’s the right move.

Still, it put Manning in an awkward situation because his good friend, Brandon Stokley, may end up out of work in Denver because of Welker’s arrival. The next time Manning and Stokley talk, it could be awkward.

At least, it would be if Stokley weren’t such a class act about it: Stokley has already gone on record as saying he thinks signing Welker was a great move for the Broncos. Obviously, Manning agrees.

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59 Responses to “John Elway asked Peyton Manning before signing Wes Welker”
  1. haterade999 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:20 PM

    Obviously.

  2. jrfrom508 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:21 PM

    I wish Welker all the best. Except when he plays the Pats. Thanks for everything!

  3. joaonmatz says: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    Oh gee, what would his answer be?

    “Welker? Na, I’m good with Stockley”

  4. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    Elway has been a great executive; I’ve got to hand it to him. He’s a HOF’er in his own right, but he doesn’t let his ego interfere with his job at all. Nice hire by Bowlen for seeing his potential as an exec. Quick turnaround in Denver from that McDaniel’s mess a few years back…

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    Good thing those two are in the Rockies, if someone ever wants to carve those heads in stone.

  6. esracerx46 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    Gotta love Brandon Stokely. Have a feeling hes going to be a coach like his dad when he hangs em up.

  7. davikes says: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 PM

    Well, why wouldn’t he ask?

  8. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    And Lord Peyton said thou shall sign Wes

  9. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 8:23 PM

    John Elway was heard expressing concern over Chip Kelly and the need to bolster their defense with intelligent players capable of understanding how they are being abused by his system. Shock the world fellas!

  10. necr0philia says: Mar 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    I always ask for Manning’s input before I order Papa Johns pizza! He has never steered me wrong.

  11. clayjayhawk says: Mar 13, 2013 8:25 PM

    manning will never be better than brady. not www ven by stealing his targets. go packers!

  12. killitandeatit says: Mar 13, 2013 8:25 PM

    Note to Elway: If you are the boss make a decision and Tell Manning who his new receiver is.

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:26 PM

    he asked peyton does he mind if we sign welker to help them choke in the playoffs like peyton is knowned for

  14. welandedonthemoon says: Mar 13, 2013 8:27 PM

    The Broncos WR core is SICK!

  15. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 13, 2013 8:27 PM

    Makes sense. With what they’re paying him he should be QB, OC, and GM.

  16. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 13, 2013 8:27 PM

    Would have been better if he had poured some salt on the wound by calling Tom Brady and asking him if he thought it would be agood move for the Broncos.

  17. ninerider says: Mar 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Wow, I really thought welker would end up back in NE. The broncos got a good player and a good deal at 6 million a year. The scary teams just continue to get scarier. Niners vs Broncos in the super bowl barring major injuries.

  18. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 13, 2013 8:29 PM

    Elway: Hey Manning, you want to screw Brady?

    Peyton: Yup!

  19. wludford says: Mar 13, 2013 8:30 PM

    Apparently the Patriots didn’t talk to Brady before deciding to let Welker go.

  20. themagicman1223 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:32 PM

    I doubt Peyton would have said no… We’re talking about Wes Welker here.

  21. blacknole08 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:34 PM

    Stokley has better hands than Welker and doesn’t run 5 yard routes. On paper this is a great addition, but I’m curious to see how Welker will fit into Mannings style of offense. He will have to actually run deeper routes.

  22. ravensfan19 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:37 PM

    Patriots fans earlier in the year – Who is Danny Amendola ?

    Patriots fans now – He’s a great receiver, hes going to be better than Welker

  23. bartlettruss says: Mar 13, 2013 8:37 PM

    Just smart management. You need your leadership to be on board or at least consulted. It happens in business every day.

  24. charliedamon says: Mar 13, 2013 8:37 PM

    Horse-teeth and Frankenstein working their magic..

  25. ampats says: Mar 13, 2013 8:38 PM

    Does anyone think Bill Belichick consulted with Tom Brady about whether to match?

  26. michfn1 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:39 PM

    Brady knows it’s a business and do you think that at 31 Welker was going to last 5 more years in NE .. Amendola is younger and if he can stay healthy the offense won’t miss a beat .

  27. profootballwalk says: Mar 13, 2013 8:39 PM

    Broncos needed a running back, not another receiver. Manning can only throw the ball so often in each game. Do you really think Manning will pass for 1000 more yards this season? Welker will marginally improve the Broncos passing game.

  28. dmoney82 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:41 PM

    since when has manning ever said no to adding another whitey to his arsenal

  29. CKL says: Mar 13, 2013 8:41 PM

    Yep, just like Indy. He wanted Wayne, he got him too.

  30. infectorman says: Mar 13, 2013 8:41 PM

    Management style #1:

    ask franchise QB if he can have permission to sign a player.

    Management style # 2:

    Let said receiver walk and piss off franchise QB for all of about 60 minutes and then sign a younger, faster, bigger, quicker version of above metnioed receiver.

    Step 3: turn new younger faster quicker receiver into better version of old receiver.

    If you’re the boss, you don’t have to ask permission.

  31. infectorman says: Mar 13, 2013 8:43 PM

    Last time NE played Denver is wasn’t close.

    At least we all know the Mavens won’t be sniffing the playoffs this year. 7-9

  32. 8man says: Mar 13, 2013 8:47 PM

    Somebody once asked Belichick if he wears a watch.

    “No. They don’t start without me.”

  33. chiwizlive says: Mar 13, 2013 8:48 PM

    Tell us something we didn’t already know (Common Sense)

    #BroncoNation

  34. briscocountyjr says: Mar 13, 2013 8:51 PM

    profootballwalk says:Mar 13, 2013 8:39 PM: ” Broncos needed a running back, not another receiver”

    Maybe- but when you have a threat at every level of the passing attack it will reduce the importance of a replacement for mcgahee. Substitute short passes for runs. Imagine being a d-coordinator mapping out a gameplan for 3rd downs against them…

  35. footballbat says: Mar 13, 2013 8:56 PM

    If you’re John Elway and you had to play in the late 80’s & early 90’s with certain receivers that you were never asked about – you know from experience how it would feel to be ASKED your opinion by management. Especially with a QB like the one they have on the field now.

    I’m sure there were plenty of guys that Dan Reeves and Wade Phillips stuck John with that he would rather have not been saddled with (see what I did there?)

  36. ravensfan19 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:59 PM

    @ Infectorman

    The Pats have 2 tight ends who can’t stay a healthy, a receiver who cant stay healthy, horrible Secondary. Good Luck with Your Injury prone offence and bad defense. The Ravens will be fine as always and will continue to compete in the AFC.

  37. phinfan says: Mar 13, 2013 9:00 PM

    akwaaarrddd

  38. bostoncommon says: Mar 13, 2013 9:02 PM

    “I wish Welker all the best. Except when he plays the Pats. Thanks for everything!”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I thought I was upset when they let Vrabel go. I wish Welker all the best *especially* when he plays the Pats.

  39. myshkingfh says: Mar 13, 2013 9:04 PM

    A rb wouldn’t hurt but as of now mchahee, Moreno and hillman are all still under contract.

  40. metalhead65 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:05 PM

    great now they have another guy they can blame instead of manning when he chokes again the playoffs. I can hear it now,we would have won if welker had made that catch after manning throws another crucial pick with the game on the line as he almost always does.

  41. briang123 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:13 PM

    Welker is only good at 5-8 yard routes, which works out perfect since Manning can only throw the ball about 9 yards anyway.

  42. jsrdc says: Mar 13, 2013 9:19 PM

    @peytonsneck18,

    “he asked peyton does he mind if we sign welker to help them choke in the playoffs like peyton is knowned for”

    Kind of like you choked in english class with your George W. Bush-ism of the word “knowned”?

    From what I know of Peyton, he is a SB winning QB with a first ballot HOF body of work who will very likely be referred to as one of the greats in this game when it is all said and done.

    Exceptional work, Einstein. Your family must be proud.

  43. gbatap says: Mar 13, 2013 9:19 PM

    briscocountyjr says: Mar 13, 2013 8:51 PM

    Maybe- but when you have a threat at every level of the passing attack it will reduce the importance of a replacement for mcgahee. Substitute short passes for runs. Imagine being a d-coordinator mapping out a gameplan for 3rd downs against them…
    —————————————————
    Very true but this only works if you have a QB that can take advantage of threats at every level and Manning isn’t that guy anymore. You have another guy who’s good in Mannings 15-20 yard range off the line of scrimmage and defenses are going to figure it out quick. It only took the Ravens one half to put together a gameplan to defend it.

  44. ncm42 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:24 PM

    @killit and invector…I’m sure you both, in all your vast NFL experience, know exactly how Elway needs to improve his management style. I’m sure he’s waiting for your calls.

  45. bucsfan5000 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:28 PM

    What if they choke in the first round of the playoffs again?

  46. youcantmakemepickausername says: Mar 13, 2013 9:53 PM

    I’m sure ever since this signing was announced, NFL network has been comparing Welker to Ed McCaffrey and Steve Watson.

  47. sd5547 says: Mar 13, 2013 9:54 PM

    In school Peyton Manning’s forehead was the blackboard.

  48. musician0785 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:09 PM

    @ravensfan which team has won the most games since 2000.

    Here’s a hint…..it aint the ravens

    pats will b fine belicheck >newsome
    b4 this year the ravens had only beaten the pats TWICE they doubled that this year, and now that team is falling apart….lmaoo good luck “competing” with that

  49. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:16 PM

    Can’t upset the greedy Swamp Boy after all.

  50. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:18 PM

    By the way, where’d you get the photo of Elway shaking hands with the Frankenstein monster?

  51. jr4real says: Mar 13, 2013 10:28 PM

    necr0philia says:
    Mar 13, 2013 8:24 PM
    I always ask for Manning’s input before I order Papa Johns pizza! He has never steered me wrong.

    86 10
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    Who are the 10 ppl that “thumbed down” this comment?

    It’s hilarious!! Who could not like it?

  52. roadbiscuit says: Mar 13, 2013 10:28 PM

    OMG! The GM asked the QB about a receiver? How bizarre.

  53. ripster65 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    Why not? 2 HOF QBs discussing a potential quality slot guy for the team? “Hey, Peyton! Think you can do anything with this guy?”. Seems a no-brainer.

  54. johninthewest says: Mar 13, 2013 10:32 PM

    I wonder if Elway contacted Brady over this as well?? Seriously a dangerous core of Denver receivers. Add 2 additional wins to the 2013 season!

    GB2013!

  55. Canyonero says: Mar 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    Those two suits cost more than I make in a year

  56. footballchic777 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:36 PM

    I am glad that Welker got a deal and didn’t have to return to the Patriots! Kraft was all talk. ….we want to keep Welker a Patriot for life like Brady? Yet they were too cheap to pay 6 mil a year? Go Broncos! And I am a Bengal fan! Bill played him last year for not wanting to sign his tender, so he is better off out of there!

  57. firedup1 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    The division will be between KC and Denver.

  58. nananatman says: Mar 14, 2013 8:19 AM

    Brandon Stokley = Team guy

  59. anthonyzuclich says: Sep 11, 2013 7:21 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Peyton went to Elway to begin with and requested that they get Welker. That’s how it probably happened.

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