Cuts may come to a “crescendo” on Monday

AP

Plenty of veteran players with recognizable names have been released in recent days. It’s likely that plenty more are coming.

One league source with extensive knowledge of the operation of NFL franchises predicts that the process of cutting players will reach a “crescendo” on Monday, two days before the start of the new league year. Through the process, teams will dump millions in non-guaranteed salaries, avoid millions in bonus payments due early in the league year, free up millions in cap space, and send dozens of older players with recognizable names into the market.

The most recognizable name of the players-to-be-fired-sooner-than-later belongs to Peyton Manning. With the Broncos not even asking Manning to submit to the physical that serves as the rubber stamp for the payment of his fully-guaranteed $19 million salary and with no negotiations underway regarding a potential return at a reduced rate, the Broncos will be cutting Peyton Manning before the guarantee vests on Wednesday, unless he retires before then.

When it happens, casual, least-common denominator fans and media will be shocked. When, after all, has the starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champion been fired only a month after hoisting the Lombardi? Anyone who has been paying attention shouldn’t be surprised. At this point, a surprise would happen only if Peyton Manning isn’t cut.

As teams spend the weekend making one last pass of their rosters, ripping the name off the back of the jersey and asking whether the player’s abilities justify his compensation, it’s possible that some genuine surprises will emerge, with those players either being dumped out of the blue, possibly after being not-so-discreetly shopped for trade value.

However it goes, there will be plenty of firing on Monday and Tuesday, before the annual hiring cycle starts on Wednesday.

34 responses to “Cuts may come to a “crescendo” on Monday

  1. Contrary to Woody Paige’s “sources”,
    Manning will not be retiring before next Wednesday. The right play is to make the Broncos cut him, which keeps all his options open.

  2. The one cut coming up on Tuesday that will be so shocking to everyone will be Brady cut by the Pats. Pats fans will support this when they find out he supports the Donald and believes people should get a job.

  3. “…the Broncos will be cutting Peyton Manning before the guarantee vests on Wednesday, unless he retires before then.”

    In addition to controlling his own fate Manning has 2.5M damn good reasons not to retire and Elway has just as many for waiting until the last minute hoping he does.

  4. Manning had ZERO tds in the Super Bowl.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH

    Less than 200 yards also. He is hardly the GOAT. Montana and Brady make this guy look like a chump. No wonder Miller tried to sexually assault Brady in that game. His leader does things like that also.

  5. As long as we are talking about Peyton, his commercial value is high. Once he retires, his commercial value goes down. Making money may be the one thing Peyton likes more than playing football. (When was the last time you saw him and he didn’t plug Papa John?)

  6. Well played Manning! He can sit back and wait until a contender looses their starting QB in week 15 or 16, and step in for a short run. All he has to do is stay in shape.
    Heck, I think Favre could still play a 4 or 5 game season.

  7. @willycents: Brady cut by the Pats.

    ** ** * * * * * * ** * * * *

    And Belichik will go into a deep depression, followed by a forced retirement. And then, for the 1st time in 2 decades, your team will matter once again.

    And then you’ll wake up.

  8. If you can’t dive after a fumble in the biggest game of the year you deserve to be cut. Hello Kitty.

  9. I cannot imagine Peyton’s ego ever allowing him to be cut. He’ll announce his retirement Tuesday afternoon.

  10. @willycents: Brady cut by the Pats.

    ** ** * * * * * * ** * * * *

    And Belichik will go into a deep depression, followed by a forced retirement. And then, for the 1st time in 2 decades, your team will matter once again.

    And then you’ll wake up.
    ____________________
    Uhhh my team won in February, and has a winning record against Brady the last 20 years. Where was your team the last two games of the season? Getting “destroyed” in Denver and lying on the floor sobbing, curled in a fetal position during the SB. Right?

  11. bguynn says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:09 AM

    Ravens got rid of Dilfer right after he won the Super Bowl. Of course, that was Trent Dilfer.

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    And, at this point, aren’t they about the same QB? Manning is, at best, a game manager at this point. I can totally understand wanting to keep playing as long as someone will let you. I have a feeling that is his reason as much as the money (which he should have plenty of already). Regardless of whether you make it to the highest level or never get past HS sports, many people want to keep playing their sport as long as they can.

  12. Can’t wait for the flushing sound coming out of Cleveland when Johnny Done is finally shown the door!!!

  13. I know people, especially the author who I’m sure is older than me, remember Trent Dilfer.

    And, as mentioned by others, 2001 Dilfer and 2016 Manning are probably comparable players.

  14. Dilfer won a SB, folks.

    How many have been won by the Lions, Vikings, Bills, Browns, Chargers, Cardinals, Texans/Oilers, Bengals, Jaguars, Eagles, Panthers, Titans or the Falcons?

  15. Uhhh my team won in February, and has a winning record against Brady the last 20 years. Where was your team the last two games of the season? Getting “destroyed” in Denver and lying on the floor sobbing, curled in a fetal position during the SB. Right?

    ……………
    That kinda sounds like Manning in the Super Bowl his defense awarded him.

  16. Dilfer didn’t win the Super Bowl. Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense did. Not even a question about that.

  17. When it happens, casual, least-common denominator fans and media will be shocked. When, after all, has the starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champion been fired only a month after hoisting the Lombardi?

    —————

    Disagree.

    Anyone who watched the super bowl, or any Broncos game last year, even “less common denominator fans”, could see it’s time for Peyton to retire.

    And any fan that follows NFL free agency knows this.

  18. Who cares about what he did last year!!… He won a SB and was a great player that I admired the talent but not the individual …he’s not my of tea

  19. I think manning is greedy enough to risk finishing the rest of his life in a wheelchair.

  20. bguynn says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:09 AM
    Ravens got rid of Dilfer right after he won the Super Bowl. Of course, that was Trent Dilfer.
    _______________

    Be careful with that as a final answer if it comes up in a trivia question. The actual question was, “When, after all, has the starting quarterback for the Super Bowl champion been fired only a month after hoisting the Lombardi?”

    The answer is up to now never. Dilfer wasn’t cut, his contract expired and the Ravens had decided beforehand to make no effort to keep him. In fact he knew that going into the playoffs. When Manning is let go he will become the only SB winning QB to have been cut a month later.

    No matter what his future intentions Manning would be a fool not to sight tight and wait to be cut. Manning was one of the greatest players of his era and only a fool would say different. But no matter what anyone may think of Manning, he is no one’s fool when it comes to his contract

  21. willycents says:
    Mar 5, 2016 11:46 AM
    @willycents: Brady cut by the Pats.

    ** ** * * * * * * ** * * * *

    And Belichik will go into a deep depression, followed by a forced retirement. And then, for the 1st time in 2 decades, your team will matter once again.

    And then you’ll wake up.
    ____________________
    Uhhh my team won in February, and has a winning record against Brady the last 20 years. Where was your team the last two games of the season? Getting “destroyed” in Denver and lying on the floor sobbing, curled in a fetal position during the SB. Right?
    ————————————–
    I don’t know what you watching but I seem to remember that AFCCG being the best game of the season. Right down to the wire. All NE and DEN (and many other) fans were on the edge of their seats for that finish. I certainly didn’t see anybody get “destroyed” or anybody “sobbing”. To say that now is just BS (and you know it). Have some pride.

  22. Whatever you think of the current version of Manning, he ended our Deflategate revenge tour in a shocking fashion. Who would have thought he would outscore Brady playing with all his weapons by a TD margin of 2 to 1? I didn’t see it coming at all.

  23. Quoting encar2014:

    “Can’t wait for the flushing sound coming out of Cleveland when Johnny Done is finally shown the door!!!”
    ~~~~

    Mercifully for their loyal football fans, no longer a Cleveland Brown, but forever a steaming brown No. 2.

    Johnny Footnote’s epic failure will soon be a trivia question winning tens of dollars for game show contestants with especially good memories.

  24. There are two Peyton Mannings (well, at least to MY point of view – and that’s all I’m discussing right now). There’s the one OFF the football field I think is worth admiring for the way he seems to carry himself. Then there’s the one (the Dude can throw the hell out of a football – but ALL WORLD some try to make him to be, Child Please) that had a team custom made for him (Colts) and darn near 20 years to “get’er done” and what did he do. One Super Bowl for Mr. ALL WORLD QB. I just want him to please go away. Today if at all possible.

  25. When is this story done , he should play again so he can end up like bret . A creepy broken ex qb . And cmon guys paytons superbowls for the most part have been a bust . His brother definitely out played him in his wins . The defense scored the winning points this go around . There are no magic scrips for his wife this time . They best thing that came out of the superbowl is Cam newton got what he deaserved he did a manning he choked . Or is the correct word mooning I can never get it right anymore

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