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Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans

Broncos quarterback Manning reacts after the Broncos scored their 5th touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL football game in Denver Reuters

Three years ago, quarterback Peyton Manning was interested in the Texans, but the Texans weren’t interested in him. Earlier this year, the Texans reportedly had another chance to get him.

According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver, the Broncos tried to trade Manning to Houston during the offseason.  He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

My first reaction was to scoff, but then I remembered this item from PFT regarding the presence of a no-trade clause for 2015 in Manning’s revised contract. Manning didn’t need to ask for a no-trade clause unless he feared that his restructured contract, with a base salary of only $15 million, would make another team more likely to do the deal.

We plan to promptly seek comment from both teams. For now, though, the notion that the Broncos explored the option of moving on from Manning — especially with a new head coach and new offensive coordinator — seems plausible.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m. ET: The Broncos quickly, and emphatically, have denied the report.

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66 Responses to “Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans”
  1. bryantrulen says: Jun 23, 2015 8:06 PM

    LMAO, How in the heck does stuff like this get leaked to the Media?

  2. bigdawg24 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:10 PM

    This is pure bunk…. Denver is a winning team – they don’t make deals like that.

  3. revren10 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    Broncos try to trade manning and no one wanted him. Tom Brady gets suspended on maybe evidence and patriot fans go to New York to defend him. Tom Brady is the GOAT

  4. tjacks7 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    John Elway would have done the quickest transformation from “all in” to completely giving up and/or rebuilding in the history of sports, if true.

  5. 12444uggg says: Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    It would have been interesting to see what the “Broncolt” fans would have done

  6. Logic Says... says: Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    If Tebow was still a Bronco, they’ have 2 superbowls by now.

    Now look at them, Elway runs this mess with an iron first.

  7. commenter says: Jun 23, 2015 8:13 PM

    According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM? Must be true.

  8. milehigh85 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:13 PM

    Baloney.

  9. head1994 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:14 PM

    Wow that’ll make Houston a SB contender

  10. rjpats says: Jun 23, 2015 8:15 PM

    Yeah, hey guys, we’re looking to trade Manning. Yeah, the guy who couldn’t throw at the end of last season.

    Line forms to the left.

  11. nfloracle says: Jun 23, 2015 8:18 PM

    I suspect Elway wised up after Seattle handed Manning and the Broncos their head in the SuperBowl and immediately started to try to quietly find a way to deliver Papa John’s fellow pizza baron to a different address as soon as possible, preferably one with a Texas zip code. That was Buyer’s Regret in action.

  12. stampede101 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:18 PM

    When stuff like this starts to leak…it ain’t a good omen for the season to follow.

    -Niners fan

  13. carloswlassiter says: Jun 23, 2015 8:19 PM

    Logic Says… says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    If Tebow was still a Bronco, they’ have 2 superbowls by now.
    ————————————————————-
    Instead, Tebow went to the Jets and completely dominated the league. Oh wait . . .

  14. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Jun 23, 2015 8:21 PM

    Haha….Elway, classic backstabber.

  15. sigbouncer says: Jun 23, 2015 8:21 PM

    Kubiak wanted nothing to do with Peyton when Peyton was a free agent and Kubiak was in Houston. Peyton is not the greatest fit for Kubiak’s offense. I wouldn’t say it’s out of the realm of possibilities.

    Peyton’s 39 years old now. There’s not much loyalty in the league for 39 year olds unless they’re kickers.

  16. ravensfreak says: Jun 23, 2015 8:27 PM

    Maybe the fax never made it………..

  17. jimbo75025 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:32 PM

    I’m not buying it. If the Broncos traded Manning and then Osweiller laid an egg, Kubiak and possibly even Eleay would have been ridden out of town on a rail. Like it or not even with a diminished Manning the Broncos are a playoff team and who knows how the ball will bounce any given year in January. No Manning and Denver is probably third in the division.

    With the D Houston has and if Manning holds up for the entire season the Texans could have been a little scary.

  18. milehigh85 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:46 PM

    Trade for who? J.J. Watt?

  19. beachsidejames says: Jun 23, 2015 8:49 PM

    I have a hard time looking at Elway when he talks. Reminds me of that horse in the old Mr.Ed Show.

  20. mcgil38 says: Jun 23, 2015 8:49 PM

    The Jets should trade for Manning

  21. TomsulasMustache says: Jun 23, 2015 8:50 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:19 PM

    Logic Says… says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    If Tebow was still a Bronco, they’ have 2 superbowls by now.
    ————————————————————-
    Instead, Tebow went to the Jets and completely dominated the league. Oh wait . . .
    ___________________________
    100% agree with Logic. amazing how ppl would rather have a qb that puts up throwing stats than one who knows how to win.

    @Carlos -Tebow was never given a chance to play qb anywhere after Denver

  22. rabbi187 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:06 PM

    If Houston wanted a QB with a noodle arm and no mobility we’d have kept Matt Schaub.

  23. tjacks7 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:12 PM

    bryantrulen says:

    LMAO, How in the heck does stuff like this get leaked to the Media?

    Pretty easy to “leak” it when all you have to do is cite “two unrelated official sources” and say anything you want. But he got his name in the news and clicks to his employer in slowest time of the NFL year!

  24. jwade37 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:12 PM

    TomsulasMustache says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:50 PM

    carloswlassiter says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:19 PM

    Logic Says… says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:12 PM

    If Tebow was still a Bronco, they’ have 2 superbowls by now.
    ————————————————————-
    Instead, Tebow went to the Jets and completely dominated the league. Oh wait . . .
    ___________________________
    100% agree with Logic. amazing how ppl would rather have a qb that puts up throwing stats than one who knows how to win.

    @Carlos -Tebow was never given a chance to play qb anywhere after Denver

    Yeah, because it’s not like Peyton Manning didn’t have the Broncos in the Super Bowl or anything.

  25. yetimonster says: Jun 23, 2015 9:26 PM

    I thought he has a no-trade clause in this contract.

  26. oreo51 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:36 PM

    Peyton will wet himself this season. He will be a total embarrassment to the Bronco organization and they will need to sit him down. I doubt he stays on the roster the entire year. Once they bench him, he will retire … finally.

  27. ymca2014 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:37 PM

    Why would it be outlandish? Elway feels it’s time to move forward. If he could get anything decent in return, why not? Manning will not win a Super Bowl. But he could create some excitement in Houston.

  28. forkcatl35 says: Jun 23, 2015 9:45 PM

    Hey! Trade him to Indy!

  29. honolulublue says: Jun 23, 2015 10:03 PM

    The Lions should trade for Manning. They will never win with Stafford.

  30. uluhuluh says: Jun 23, 2015 10:35 PM

    If Elway is around long enough and they have to build a team instead of relying on an all time great qb, we will begin to see how feeble his mind is. He looks like one of those old men who lose their minds and make terrible decisions. He’ll make a terrible trade soon enough.

  31. kcflake says: Jun 23, 2015 10:39 PM

    Trading manning would be aBout as dumb as firing John fox. Oh wait…

  32. rogerrodgers says: Jun 23, 2015 10:40 PM

    Let me guess, they wanted 2 1st round picks and JJ Watt?

  33. jimsnchz says: Jun 23, 2015 10:46 PM

    I’m not buying this only because to do so would I would also have to believe that there is going to be a “Brock Osweiller” era.

  34. ravensbob says: Jun 23, 2015 10:53 PM

    P-e-y-t-o-n I-s d-o-n-e.

  35. mutasian says: Jun 23, 2015 10:54 PM

    i don’t mind seeing manning in texans uniform…

  36. brobroski says: Jun 23, 2015 11:27 PM

    Peyton is a terrific regular season QB.

  37. chrisallen3285 says: Jun 23, 2015 11:31 PM

    Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs in the NFL. There’s no way that the Denver Broncos would trade Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans or any other team. Sure, his arm strength is gone but he is better than anything else the Denver Broncos have. Brock Osweiler is unproven.

  38. macindian1 says: Jun 24, 2015 12:02 AM

    Sounds like Brock Osweiller’s camp “leaked” a rumour to start the discussion of benching Manning in favor of Brock if he had a few bad games.

    Unfort for Brock.. this is not the case of Aaron Rodgers waiting for Favre. Brock is no Aaron… and the Broncos know it.

  39. Punk says: Jun 24, 2015 12:03 AM

    To a Colts fan learning the Manning wanted to go to Houston sheds an enormous amount of light on the divorce.

  40. dannyabramowitz says: Jun 24, 2015 12:54 AM

    Texans fan here.

    Kubiak is an absolute control freak when it comes to his offense. He is the only NFL head coach who DOESN’T ALLOW HIS QB TO AUDIBLE, which is absolutely absurd in today’s NFL. Kubiak only allows the QB to run the play he calls.

    Can you imagine Peyton running an offense where he can’t audible? Peyton is a terrible fit for Kubiak’s offense. The report doesn’t surprise me at all.

  41. patriotdynasty5 says: Jun 24, 2015 1:03 AM

    Manning is a pitiful QB right now. It is smart of Denver to trade him

  42. concretejimmy52 says: Jun 24, 2015 4:15 AM

    Good luck with Gradkowski at Center. That pressure is going to be in Manning face today all day long. And they have a disgruntled WR. They won’t make the playoffs.

  43. RegisHawk says: Jun 24, 2015 6:21 AM

    “two unrelated official sources”

    This sounds just like when another agent planted rumors with other sources, who were then anonymously referenced by a reporter in Texas regarding Michael Bennett.

    Not buyin’ it.

  44. dryzzt23 says: Jun 24, 2015 7:53 AM

    The media makes its own “news”, then forces the subjects of the “news” to verify it or deny it publicly.

    Journalism has never been worse than it is today.

    “Hey I’m a “journalist”, I’ll make up a story, then I’ll get interviews from people who would normally never give me the time of day, just so they can deny my story but I’ll get more attention from my made-up story than I would from a legitimate story”.

  45. jamaltimore says: Jun 24, 2015 8:15 AM

    Manning is Toast. Ravens gonna crush em week one no matter who’s playing QB.

  46. dexterismyhero says: Jun 24, 2015 8:39 AM

    @beachsidejames says:
    Jun 23, 2015 8:49 PM

    I have a hard time looking at Elway when he talks. Reminds me of that horse in the old Mr.Ed Show.
    ==================================
    Ahhhhh, you mean Mr. Ed?

  47. itsfootballbaby says: Jun 24, 2015 8:48 AM

    Maybe it’s because when the temperature drops below 40 degrees Manning can’t throw 20 yards.

  48. routerunner says: Jun 24, 2015 8:58 AM

    I’m sure Osweiler could take that pro bowl laden team to the playoffs and then choke just as well as Gomer. Might not put up the fantasy stats that appeal to the unwashed bronco/colt fan but the end result would be more or less the same.

  49. judeviv says: Jun 24, 2015 9:18 AM

    Denver fans…if you don’t think this happened you are living in a fantasy world. Manning would have been a Texan 3 years ago if Kubiak signed off on it, Denver was not his FIRST choice. He wanted to stay in division and stick it to Indy. (in fact most people believe that is why Kubiak was fired and the GM wasn’t, after their 2-14 season) Kubiak didn’t want Peyton, the GM did.

    Now Kubiak is running the Broncos, and he wants to show off his Offensive mind, and doesn’t want Peyton getting all the credit or changing his schemes. Kube also loves to run bootlegs, which is NOT something Peyton does much of (probably because he doesn’t want to get destroyed when they go wrong and he has no protection).

    We know all about the Kubiak’s EGO here. He convinced everyone he could win with David Carr when that didn’t work he got Michael Vick’s backup and convinced everyone we could win with Schaub. Rather than go to the draft and pick a QB.

    have fun with Kubiak…

  50. schvoogiebumper says: Jun 24, 2015 9:34 AM

    Who knew…Texans needed someone to throw a wobbly 3 yard pass?

  51. unitas19 says: Jun 24, 2015 9:36 AM

    Smoke=Fire

  52. dirtyferret says: Jun 24, 2015 9:38 AM

    anyone going to be shocked when this top heavy and dysfunctional team goes 9-7 and misses the playoffs ???

  53. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 24, 2015 10:02 AM

    Yes! This is great news for the AFC West… Should be a disruption for a while!!! Mr. One and Done and Mr. Ed will have some problems…

  54. blahblahper says: Jun 24, 2015 10:15 AM

    Live in Denver. Never heard of 94.1 FM or Benjamin Allbright for that matter. Two bit sports talk radio station that is going under a restructure because their station is failing. Seems to me Brandon is throwing out unsubstantiated rumors to gain some street cred for his, soon to be ex, radio station.

  55. cimmerian77 says: Jun 24, 2015 10:36 AM

    LMAO! Yeah…..sure. A tiny unknown radio dj trying to become somebody.

  56. wickedwickedboy says: Jun 24, 2015 10:40 AM

    Broncos ready to start losing in the in season too now I see. Best chance is with Manning.

  57. orangehigh says: Jun 24, 2015 10:44 AM

    I enjoy all the Peyton Manning haters whos teams never even make the playoffs….

  58. damcmp says: Jun 24, 2015 10:50 AM

    Texans leaked it to create some interest in the “Muddle by the Puddle” team… 13 years of smoke and mirrors and now that won ‘t even help!!! the Texans and Boob McNair are elitists and are all about selling a product myth and making money..

  59. friesandmilk says: Jun 24, 2015 11:03 AM

    The Broncos can go 13-3 in 2015-16 and win it all for Manning, and then he can retire.

  60. motsuret06 says: Jun 24, 2015 11:24 AM

    Bull***^ Mr. Handman (Elway) Remember what he did to Tim Tebow???? Lightning does strike in the same place twice.

  61. rcosborne59 says: Jun 24, 2015 11:28 AM

    I think the Patriots leaked it. Mr. Commissioner please call Ted Wells if you have millions of dollars laying around to have another baseless investigation.

  62. kenmasters34 says: Jun 24, 2015 11:40 AM

    The answer is so simple. He should go to the Giants.

    Peyton can get them to the playoffs, Eli can take over from there.

  63. rdub says: Jun 24, 2015 12:09 PM

    The other rumors were that Houston is where Payton originally wanted to go to 1st, but didn’t receive an offer. Houston didn’t have the cap room to eventually sign their star defender and bring in Manning who had question marks on his condition, so they passed. And, playing for Kub was not the issue but Kub was hoping for a resurgence in Schuab and they would have had to find a trade for him, and even when he was playing well, he didn’t have a lot of value, yet they paid him. The offense would have stayed the same anyway. Also this was a factor with AJ. He wanted to have Manning throwing him the ball for the remainder of his time in Houston but that didn’t happen and helped along his disgruntled relationship with the Texans front office. But even if they could have signed Manning, I doubt they would have gone anywhere with as bad as the secondary was.

  64. txrawdog says: Jun 24, 2015 12:12 PM

    “Three years ago, quarterback Peyton Manning was interested in the Texans, but the Texans weren’t interested in him.”

    Wow the Texans are idiotic if this is true…How can you not want Manning if Matt Schaub was your QB…

  65. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 24, 2015 12:31 PM

    kenmasters34 says:
    Jun 24, 2015 11:40 AM
    The answer is so simple. He should go to the Giants.

    Peyton can get them to the playoffs, Eli can take over from there.

    That is a brilliant idea… lol Probably would work… ha!

  66. concretejimmy52 says: Jun 24, 2015 9:23 PM

    I wonder if that zone blocking scheme is going to work with 2nd stringers on the OL. Manning better have eyes in the back of his head.

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