The Broncos have said repeatedly they’re going to give Peyton Manning all the time he needs to make a decision about his future.
And for the moment, that’s preventing them from talking to their quarterback of the future.
Via Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver, the Broncos haven’t started contract negotiations with Brock Osweiler “out of respect to Manning.”
That’s courteous, but possibly dangerous, as the possibility exists that someone else might want Osweiler too. He becomes a free agent on March 9, the same day Manning’s $19 million salary becomes fully guaranteed.
They’re clearly not going to pay that, so that establishes a deadline for Manning to announce his intentions, or let the Broncos announce them for him. And with his name in the news for other reasons right now, he might not want to become a public spectacle at the moment.
Ostensibly, there’s plenty of time for the Broncos to talk respectfully with Osweiler, since the combine begins a week from tomorrow. And at some point, they need to plan for life after Manning.