Posted on 19 March 2012.
Peyton Manning is finalizing a contract with the Denver Broncos, a league supply told NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi on Monday.
Manning named Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway on Monday to inform him of his decision.
The Broncos currently have looked into a trade of quarterback Tim Tebow and at the moment are hunting for a trade partner, a supply told NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
Broncos wideout Eric Decker, who had 44 receptions for 612 yards with eight touchdowns in 2011, told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that he expects the offense to adjust with Manning now below center and that Manning would run the method from the line of scrimmage.
“More of the offense will be in Peyton’s hands,” Decker said.
The Broncos were one particular of 3 finalists for the four-time NFL MVP, as the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers fell just brief of the Broncos in the race to sign Manning. The Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins also had been in the hunt and earned meetings with Manning but ultimately did not make the final three.
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Manning personally referred to as Titans owner Bud Adams, who had provided Manning a lifetime contract with the Titans, to let him know of his choice, according to The Tennessean. The newspaper reported that Adams was disappointed, but he was glad his team made a run at the quarterback.
“I was hoping we would win out,” Adams told The Tennessean. “I believed we’d be ahead of Denver. I believed he’d want to stay in Tennessee.”
Adams told the newspaper that he jokingly told Manning, “He was going into high altitude, so he much better commence acquiring in shape.”
The Broncos flew to Durham, N.C., to watch Manning throw at nearby Duke University last Friday. The Broncos’ contingent was led by Elway, coach John Fox, general manager Brian Xanders, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, quarterbacks coach Adam Gase and medical personnel.
“We enjoyed visiting with Peyton today in N.C.,” Elway tweeted right after the session. “He threw the ball excellent and looked really comfy out there. Watching him throw today was the subsequent step in this essential method for our team and Peyton. It was a productive visit and went nicely.”
The Indianapolis Colts released Manning on March 7, ending a 14-year connection in between the team and its franchise quarterback.
The Colts’ decision to part approaches with the 4-time MVP, who has thrown for over 54,000 career yards with 399 touchdowns, did not come as a surprise. Manning missed all of 2011 immediately after undergoing neck surgery the week before the start off of the regular season. He was due to obtain a $ 28 million roster bonus if he had been with the Colts, a team at the moment in rebuilding mode with a new coach and general manager, at the begin of the league year.
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