The report raised plenty of eyebrows. If it’s true, it’s nevertheless being denied by the major players involved in it.
The Broncos have said, emphatically, that they did not try to trade quarterback Peyton Manning to the Texans.
The Texans separately told PFT that they have no comment on the report. (Which isn’t exactly a denial.)
Agent Tom Condon, who has represented Peyton Manning through multiple complex contract negotiations during his career, told PFT that talk of a possible Peyton trade to the Texans was news to his agent.
“Neither the Texans, the Broncos, or Peyton Manning ever talked to me about a trade anywhere,” Condon said via text.
That doesn’t mean the Broncos didn’t make a phone call to the Texans that went nowhere; it only means that the talks (if they happened) never got to the point where Condon became aware of them.
Again, the Broncos deny it all. Which is expected, under the circumstances. The hay is in the barn for the 2015 season, and nothing good comes from acknowledging that they at one point didn’t want their starting quarterback to be their starting quarterback.
Regardless, Manning will be their starting quarterback, for at least one more season. As of 2016, that no-trade clause goes away.