Peyton Manning Joins Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning’s 400th touchdown pass will come in a Denver Broncos uniform.
The most coveted free agent in NFL history selected the Rocky Mountains over the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Manning is likely to sign a 5-year contract with the Broncos worth 90 million.
A big factor in Manning’s decision to go to Denver was the team’s vice president of football operations, John Elway. The hall of fame quarterback has a close relationship with Manning and was able to win Super Bowls when he was 37- and 38-years old. Manning turns 36 on Saturday.
The Broncos are coming off a year in which they reached the divisional round of the playoffs. With Manning now under center, the team is likely to trade their current quarterback Tim Tebow.
Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7 after four neck surgeries and missing all of 2011. Had Manning stayed, he would have received a $28 million bonus. The 14-year veteran has won four MVP awards, amassed more than 54,000 passing yards, and thrown for more than 399 touchdowns.
Are The Broncos Contenders?
Manning will definitely improve the Broncos (they were the second worst passing team in 2011), but they are still not better than the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, or Houston Texans. Besides, these types of roster moves never result in Super Bowl victories. Yes, Craig Morton and Kurt Warner took two teams to the Super Bowl, but they are the exceptions to the rule—see Brett Favre, Joe Montana, Boomer Esiason, Donovan McNabb, Ken Stabler, Fran Tarkenton, and Johnny Unitas. Don’t get us wrong, it’s going to be great having Manning back, but they aren’t going to the Super Bowl anytime soon.
What’s Going To Happen To Tebow?
While no one wants to be replaced, this will ultimately be good for Tim Tebow. Obviously, he wasn’t the choice of John Elway or the coaching staff. Now Tebow can go to a team that wants him, maybe the Miami Dolphins or Jacksonville Jaguars. While Tebow is both beloved and hated, neither side should forget that he has won a playoff game.
Denver Has Peyton, Now What?
We are firm believers that to win in today’s NFL you need a Pro Bowl quarterback—a guy who can complete passes when everyone in the stadium knows you’re going to pass. Even so, you still need other pieces. The Broncos need to bolster their running game and find some big play receivers. While their defense is solid, they still need help in the secondary. They’ve been so busy chasing Manning, that the team hasn’t done anything else on the free agent market.
Are The Broncos Even The Best Team In AFC West?
Listen, we can’t stand the San Diego Chargers any more than you do. They’re always picked to go to the Super Bowl but always find a way to blow it (usually to the Patriots) in the NFL Playoffs. However, the Chargers owned the Colts when they were shepherd by Manning. Remember, the Bolts ended the Colts quest for 16-0 in 2005 and then ousted them from the postseason in 2007 and 2008. Furthermore, the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders will be better in 2012 than they were in 2011.
What’s The Broncos’ Schedule Like in 2012?
Even with Manning, the Broncos still might finish 8-8. Why? The Broncos have a tough schedule in 2012. Besides two games against each the Chargers, Chiefs, and Raiders, the Broncos play seven playoff teams from 2011—Houston, Pittsburgh, and New Orleans Saints at home and Baltimore, New England, Cincinnati Bengals, and Atlanta Falcons on the road. By the way, the Broncos won’t play the Colts in the regular season until 2013.
When Can Manning Begin Working With The Team?
Under parameters of the new collective bargaining agreement, Manning can't have anything to do with the Broncos coaching staff until April 16. Because he’s recovering from an injury, he can’t step foot on a field until May 2. Of course Manning and his teammates can work out together all they want. Knowing Manning’s work ethic, they are probably already practicing pass patterns.
What Number Will Manning Wear?
The number 18 has been retired by the Broncos. It was worn by Frank Tripucka, the first quarterback in team history. Of course, news travels fast and the 84-year old Tripucka has already been contacted by the media and asked if he’s okay with Manning wearing his number. He is.
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