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Broncos haven’t asked Peyton Manning to restructure deal, yet

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The Broncos had 20 million reasons to examine Peyton Manning’s neck, but no reason to believe it would be a problem.

They also may have a few million reasons to try to get Manning to restructure his contract in a way that frees up more money so that the Broncos can afford players who’ll help close that 35-point gap with the defending NFL champions.

Per a league source, the Broncos have yet to approach Manning about a possible restructuring.  With a cap number of $17.5 million and a base salary of $15 million, the Broncos could easily create more than $9 million in cap space by converting $14 million of Peyton’s salary to a signing bonus.

The problem is that it would drive Peyton’s 2015 and 2016 cap numbers from $21.5 million in each year to more than $26 million in each year.

Unless Peyton is inclined to take less (right, wrong, or otherwise, he’s never been inclined to do that), the Broncos need to figure out how to balance the remaining $53 million in cash and $60.5 million in cap dollars under the five-year deal Peyton signed nearly two years ago.

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49 Responses to “Broncos haven’t asked Peyton Manning to restructure deal, yet”
  1. mortyglickstein says: Mar 3, 2014 4:19 PM

    This is where Logical voice says “This is why the Redskins are the best organization! Even though they haven’t been relevant in over 20 years

  2. thepftpoet says: Mar 3, 2014 4:19 PM

    Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFL-
    1. Peyton Manning
    2. Aaron Rodgers
    3. Drew Brees
    4. Tom Brady
    5. Teddy Bridgewater (Future Viking)

  3. gloryfromheaven46 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:19 PM

    Why would they? The guy broke almost all the records for a quarterback last season. It should be up to him to decide imo

  4. donnymacjack says: Mar 3, 2014 4:20 PM

    That’s an awful lot to pay for a formerly “elite” QB. Might be time to look another direction.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 3, 2014 4:20 PM

    Peyton’s brand is so strong (propped up by his PR team, agent, the NFL. and their sponsors) that he could take less and still make more than anyone in the NFL.

  6. beardinals says: Mar 3, 2014 4:22 PM

    QB pay is really hamstringing the NFL. Maybe a max-contract requirement for the position?

    Looks like in the future, it might be better business for teams to focus on a good defense and mediocre QB (Seattle) than the other way around.

  7. ballsoharduniversity52 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:23 PM

    He just wants to win.

  8. 4allintensivepurposes says: Mar 3, 2014 4:23 PM

    As a fan of mile high egos and foreheads, I don’t think he should restructure anything.

  9. igotgamenj says: Mar 3, 2014 4:24 PM

    After this year Manning retires then what Bronko’s fans ???? your done

  10. slugbaitspace says: Mar 3, 2014 4:25 PM

    The likely reason Manning has never been inclined to take less is because his previous contracts were all with the Colts. And the Colts have never been inclined to award a new contract until the current contract was fully completed.

  11. grantsbuds says: Mar 3, 2014 4:27 PM

    “(right, wrong, or otherwise, he’s never been inclined to do that)”
    ——————
    Peyton is gettin on in football years. If he wants another SB he should be inclined to give huge $ back. We all saw how ineffective he is with out a very nice pocket to work from…..and that arm is weak sauce. (Tommy Kramer rainbow-ball weak.)

    Clady back is a good start. So is Beadles absence.

  12. rr2000k says: Mar 3, 2014 4:28 PM

    Restructure why, because he chokes?

  13. justintuckrule says: Mar 3, 2014 4:28 PM

    Since Peyton will be playing into his mid 40s, I can see his 2024 cap number being one billion dollars (Dr. Evil voice).

  14. naes says: Mar 3, 2014 4:30 PM

    These big QB deals are albatrosses.

    The teams that don’t have $15+mm QBs would be better off doing what the 49ers and Seabawks have done. Both teams have several $5-8mm players. Those guys make a huge difference.

    By saving on QB you can invest in defense. Since excellent (but not quite star) defensive players are undervalued.

    The 49ers and Seahawks shut down all if the teams they played in the playoffs. I think we’re going to see a major shift in spending philosophy starting now.

    Teams like my Giants, the Cowboys, Ravens, Lions and Falcons are probably screwed. They bought into the whole ‘it’s a QB driven league’ nonsense people have been spewing for years. They gave too flightless to QBs that are talented but not great. Now they’re in danger of getting lapped for years.

  15. jbaxt says: Mar 3, 2014 4:31 PM

    Never has a team had so much riding on one player. Clearly they’ll need to spend on defense to get there again.

  16. theclink12 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:32 PM

    43-8

  17. naes says: Mar 3, 2014 4:32 PM

    ‘Too flightless’ should have said top flight deals … Damned autocorrect.

  18. somethingsmellsrotten says: Mar 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    His ego would never allow that to happen. He doesn’t care about anything but himself and his stats.

  19. tvjules says: Mar 3, 2014 4:36 PM

    He’ll never restructure. The Colts can confirm that.

  20. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 3, 2014 4:43 PM

    Broncos Super Bowls since they got caught cheating the Salary Cap (Capgate): Zero

  21. sportsnut101 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:49 PM

    If I was him I’d say no he got the team to the Super Bowl in 2nd season with team n broke every record.
    Next yr they can ask him

    U guys will be right back in Super Bowl again unless sumone gets hurt

  22. ebbycalvinlaloosh says: Mar 3, 2014 4:50 PM

    After the Broncos cut/restructure Champ Bailey, Chris Kuper, Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen they will have $35+ million under the cap to play with.

    There is no need whatsoever to restructure Manning’s deal.

  23. seabrawk12 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:51 PM

    Before the Superbowl one would have thought that team was nearly invincible. Funny how quickly things change.

  24. justintuckrule says: Mar 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    @naes – The Seahawks were the first team in 10 years to win a SB with a QB making less than $15M per. For every team you think can be like Seattle, draft a QB and win a SB with spare parts, there’s ten Jets-like franchises that have been drafting QBs for 30 years with zero luck.

    You need both. You need a franchise QB and you need to hit on your mid round draft picks. The Giants did this in 07 with Bradshaw, Steve Smith, etc.

  25. anonymous135 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:53 PM

    You would think that a guy drafted 1st overall back in the day before the rookie Cap, and signing various big money deals/extensions already (incl. robbing the colts with his last deal when he knew he couldn’t perform) and at the tail end of his career and desperately wanting/needing to add to his legacy with another SB or two…

    Would not be so greedy and take up anymore than 10% of the Salary Cap so the team can keep it’s core together and invest in some missing pieces.

    Michael Jordan could have broken the bank, but he never did. he needed HIS team, took what he needed… lots of outside sponsor ship money to be had.

  26. chargerdillon says: Mar 3, 2014 4:54 PM

    Did anybody see the performance he put on last season?

    He’s worth every penny they signed him to.

    Now if somebody can PLEASE justify Joe Flacco. Then we have real news on our hands.

  27. bencoates57 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:58 PM

    Sorry, but this is the price you pay for signing another team’s future HOF QB.

    Suddenly Denver realizes it either needs an even BETTER offense to close that 35 point gap, or a better DEFENSE.

    Sorry, but Denver was overrated. They played a sked almost as easy as the 2011 Packers (team whose only loss was to Chiefs before getting ripped by Giants in first playoff game) and the 1972 Fins. Plus their altitude is the greatest home field advantage in the league so unless you can win on the road in a stadium below sea level, you’re going to have problems.

  28. bencoates57 says: Mar 3, 2014 4:59 PM

    “Before the Superbowl one would have thought that team was nearly invincible. Funny how quickly things change.”

    13-3 is not invincible.

  29. bencoates57 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    “After this year Manning retires then what Bronko’s fans ???? your done”

    To add insult to injury, he won’t even retire a Bronko.

  30. yank3525 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:05 PM

    The 49ers and Seahawks shut down all if the teams they played in the playoffs. I think we’re going to see a major shift in spending philosophy starting now.

    The only reason they are getting away with that is because they don’t have to pay their QBs market value yet.

    Wait till they have to give out 18-20 million to their QB’s……..

  31. seahawks80 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:13 PM

    Logicalvoice and thepftpoet are either the same person or related, it has to be one or the other because they are both clueless

  32. heisthejuan says: Mar 3, 2014 5:22 PM

    Peyton never leaves money on the table, and after the season he just had, I wouldn’t be shocked for him to ask for more money.

  33. weepingjebus says: Mar 3, 2014 5:24 PM

    Fool’s gold.

    “…but lookit all them stats!”

  34. babygaga19 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:30 PM

    Peyton is already fighting poverty. If he restructures, he will be forced to do more fast food ads.

  35. thebiffer says: Mar 3, 2014 5:45 PM

    When a QB’s salary counts towards 15% of teams payroll maybe it’s time for NFL to consider not counting their salary against the cap. Thus the 49ers can pay whatever they want to “Special K” and still keep the team in check.

  36. misterfuji1982 says: Mar 3, 2014 5:51 PM

    Now if somebody can PLEASE justify Joe Flacco.

    I can.

    The franchise tag is a blessing and a curse for the collective owners.

    The blessing is that if you have a good QB, you can keep him forever.

    The curse is that if you need a QB, the good ones never hit the open market.

    So with a good-but-not-great QB like Flacco, the Ravens only choices were to overpay him or start over at the position since, thanks to the franchise designation, there’s no open market for cheaper alternatives at the position.

    Sure the Niners and Seahawks gambled and won with their cost controlled second and third round picks, but does a team like the Ravens really want to let Flacco go and head down that road?

  37. jmizzal says: Mar 3, 2014 6:16 PM

    “beardinals says:
    Mar 3, 2014 4:22 PM
    QB pay is really hamstringing the NFL. Maybe a max-contract requirement for the position?

    Looks like in the future, it might be better business for teams to focus on a good defense and mediocre QB (Seattle) than the other way around.”

    Wait QBs with over 100 passer rating in their first two years are mediocre now?

  38. scw1993 says: Mar 3, 2014 6:40 PM

    Manning doesn’t care about hamstringing his team… with him, it’s all about the personal stats, always has been.

  39. jrebar88 says: Mar 3, 2014 6:51 PM

    When Chris Kuper and Joel Dreessen get cut then there will be 23 million in cap space. Champ will restructure and boom 25 million in cap space. Peyton doesn’t need to restructure it would only be icing on the cake if he did.

  40. thetooloftools says: Mar 3, 2014 7:20 PM

    He is worth every dime.
    Payton is the most cerebral QB I have ever seen. He knows what the defense is going to do before they do.
    I don’t have a favorite team… But Payton is just off the chain smart.

  41. lanman11 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:34 PM

    What they can do is restructure the contract to pay him AFTER he retires so they can stock the roster with more players with higher salaries than anyone else and make a run at a Super Bowl.

    Oh wait….they did that back in the late 90’s and got caught, and it cost them fines and draft picks.

    Nevermind.

  42. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:37 PM

    Notice that Elway owns the turd bay packers!

  43. mrwalterisgod says: Mar 3, 2014 7:46 PM

    We’re going to see how good of a GM Elway is here in the next couple of seasons.

  44. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 3, 2014 7:53 PM

    as a colts fan, peyton wont structure his contract, he wants all is money and has always been the top paid player in his position, but peyton has maxed out his abilities, great stAt producing qb in regular season, but playoffs not so much, get physical with his recievers n they get alligator arms

  45. scw1993 says: Mar 3, 2014 8:52 PM

    thetooloftools says: Mar 3, 2014 7:20 PM

    He is worth every dime.
    Payton is the most cerebral QB I have ever seen. He knows what the defense is going to do before they do.

    —————————————————–

    Oh please….that’s why he looked like the chief of the keystone cops 12 seconds into the sb. Seattle proved what kind of qb he really is.

  46. dgarrisonb says: Mar 3, 2014 8:55 PM

    “@naes – The Seahawks were the first team in 10 years to win a SB with a QB making less than $15M per. For every team you think can be like Seattle, draft a QB and win a SB with spare parts, there’s ten Jets-like franchises that have been drafting QBs for 30 years with zero luck.

    You need both. You need a franchise QB and you need to hit on your mid round draft picks. The Giants did this in 07 with Bradshaw, Steve Smith, etc”

    Yeah ok LMAO just wait until Kapernick and Wilson sign their new contracts, Kap wants 18 million and Wilson is seeking more than that and yes, their both up to negotiate this season and with only a 2 season resume. Manning has EARNED IT!

  47. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 3, 2014 9:40 PM

    It’s not hard, broncos. Get rid of champ bailey. He has been burned consistently the last two seasons. There’s your cap space

  48. joetoronto says: Mar 4, 2014 3:42 AM

    The fact is that Manning is only in it for the money, always has been, always will be.

    He’s not interested in helping out the team to possibly win a Super Bowl, he just wants every penny he can possibly get.

  49. fleshmallet says: Mar 6, 2014 10:51 PM

    Haha, I love the ignorant Jordan comment about putting team first and not breaking the bank. He was paid $33 million one season. That’s the most of any player ever, and it was back in the 90’s.

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