Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans

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.

66 responses to “Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to Texans

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 . . .

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. “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.

  22. 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”.

  23. @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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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…

  26. 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…

  27. 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.

  28. 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..

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

  30. 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.

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

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

  32. 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.

  33. “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…

  34. 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!

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