Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 3/20/12

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Franchise QB: The Search Is Over
In 2005, quarterback Jake Plummer led Mike Shanahan’s Denver Broncos to a 13-3 regular-season record

Easy on the euphoria, a Manning-Broncos Super Bowl no slam dunk - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
With Peyton Manning in Denver, the all-Manning Super Bowl is in play again. In most places, the expectation is that Manning and the Broncos win the AFC West, flex their muscles in the playoffs and wind up meeting New England or Pittsburgh or Baltimore in the conference championship game.

NFL.com news: Broncos' Dumervil says Peyton Manning move also helps D
When Peyton Manning phoned Denver executive vice president of football operations John Elway on Monday to say that he was ready to become a Bronco, the news didn't just signal drastic changes to the team's offensive system, it meant a new world order for the Broncos defenders.

Robert Ayers: We want to do our part on Broncos defense | First-and-Orange
Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers remembers exactly what it felt like to play against Peyton Manning, and it wasn’t good

Broncos, Woodyard have two-year deal - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Wesley Woodyard agreed to a two-year deal with the Broncos on Monday, but the deal wasn't officially signed as the team worked out the contract language with representatives for quarterback Peyton Manning.

Denver Broncos Videos

Manning's Impact on AFC West - ESPN Video - ESPN
Former Broncos QB Brian Griese calls in to NFL Live to discuss how Peyton Manning signing with Denver will affect the other teams in the division.

Peyton Manning Brings New Business - ESPN Video - ESPN
The addition of Peyton Manning changes the Broncos not only as a team but also from a business standpoint.

Elway Key In Peyton Pick - ESPN Video - ESPN
Mark Schlereth on how John Elway was able to bring Peyton Manning to the Broncos.

Why Peyton Chose Broncos - ESPN Video - ESPN
Chris Mortensen discusses Peyton Manning's decision to play for the Broncos over the Titans and 49ers.

Parting Shot: No Safe Way To Play Football - ESPN Video - ESPN
William C. Rhoden believes the NFL needs to be up front about the violence and danger involved with playing football.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Peyton Manning finalizing contract with Broncos - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
DENVER- All that's needed is Peyton Manning's autograph.

Six Words or Less: Manning to Denver
Well, it happened … Peyton Manning is a Bronco. Understandably, you had a lot to say:

Don’t Be Surprised if the Broncos Still Draft a QB
With Peyton Manning’s arrival as a Bronco only held up by completion of a contract between the two parties, the Broncos’ Plan A at quarterback has come to fruition.

Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton happy Peyton Manning's no longer just passing through Denver - The Denver Post
Todd Helton no longer is the most famous Tennessee Volunteer in Denver. And he couldn't be happier.

Peyton Manning odds and ends - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Random thoughts and notes on the biggest story to hit in the AFC West in a long, long time:

Will trading Tim Tebow be easy? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported the Denver Broncos have already received calls from teams about quarterback Tim Tebow.

Talking Peyton Manning with Bill Polian - AFC West Blog - ESPN
He drafted Manning in Indianapolis in 1998 and was the Indianapolis Colts' vice chairman until earlier this year. Polian is now an ESPN analyst, and I caught up with him to discuss Manning’s pending signing in Denver. Here are some of the subjects he hit:

No questions, but Manning can have a Broncos playbook | First-and-Orange
When Peyton Manning puts pen to paper on his new deal to give the Broncos the second Hall of Fame worthy quarterback on the team’s payroll, the new collective bargaining agreement will limit the contact the team’s coaches can have with Manning over the next month.

Gene Frenette: Don't acquire Tim Tebow just to spur ticket sales | jacksonville.com
After a decade of putting the Jaguars on the defensive with his brilliant quarterback play, Peyton Manning did it again Monday with his decision to join the Denver Broncos.

Pasquarelli: Manning has long respected Broncos' Fox - NFL - CBSSports.com News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Now that Peyton Manning has chosen the Denver Broncos as the franchise with which he will attempt to resurrect his NFL career, and with the Monday go-ahead of some people close to the quarterback, the story can be told.

NFL.com news: Peyton Manning's future opponents excited to take on star QB
When Peyton Manning made his decision Monday to play for the Denver Broncos, his future opponents likely were alternately dreading the thought of facing one of the NFL's top quarterbacks and excited at the chance to take on a future Hall of Famer.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Sapp, Porter show little support for a Tebow trade "
With the Broncos and Peyton Manning finalizing a contract Monday, the team is exploring trades for Tim Tebow, a league source told NFL Network’s Albert Breer. But should players be excited about the prospect of Tebow Time coming to their town?

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Saturday to visit Packers, Titans before Broncos "
Jeff Saturday will visit the Packers and the Titans before he visits the Broncos

Ten off-radar potential destinations for Tebow | ProFootballTalk
For weeks, I’ve been pushing the Tebow-to-Jacksonville or Tebow-to-Miami theory if/when Peyton Manning picks the Broncos.

Broncos Fans Rejoice Before the Ink Is Dry - NYTimes.com
Dusty DeGroff is a lifelong Broncos fan. He also fervently backs Tim Tebow.

Tebow's Time in Denver Looks Set to Expire - NYTimes.com
Tim Tebow, who had a huge following last season as he led the Broncos to the National Football League playoffs, was expected to be traded now that coveted free agent quarterback Peyton Manning has reportedly picked Denver as his desired team.

The Broncos Top 10 player acquistions in their NFL history | First-and-Orange
When Peyton Manning signs with Denver, he will immediately became the most significant free-agent catch in Broncos history. Here are the 10 biggest personnel moves in Broncos history prior to landing Manning.

X's and O's: What Manning will mean to the Broncos around him - NFL - CBSSports.com
It means the Broncos are no longer being forced to "gimmick up" an offense to try and move the football.

In landing Manning, Elway all-in on biggest gamble of his life - NFL - CBSSports.com
n essence, this is how John Elway pulled off maybe the biggest coup in NFL history: He played to Peyton Manning's sense of history. To his ego.

Broncos could now target Steelers' Wallace - AFC West Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning answered one question, choosing to play quarterback for the Broncos next season, multiple sources told ESPN. But here's another one: Whom are you going to throw the ball to, Peyton? Some might answer Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace.

Which Team Is the Best Fit for Tim Tebow? - NYTimes.com
One of the biggest N.F.L. free-agent dramas is over, but it leads right into another off-season potboiler.

Jaguars, Dolphins should be at the front of the line for Tebow | ProFootballTalk
After an unexpectedly exciting run as the Broncos’ starter, Tebow time soon will be over in Colorado. The question becomes where it will continue

Broncos not expecting much in Tim Tebow trade | ProFootballTalk
The Broncos are expected to move quickly to trade Tim Tebow as soon as the Peyton Manning signing becomes official, and they’re not going to hold out for a great offer.

NFL reaction after Peyton Manning picks Denver Broncos | First-and-Orange
Reaction from around the NFL and sports world on Peyton Manning’s decision to choose the Denver Broncos.

Broncos take to Twitter to talk Peyton Manning | First-and-Orange
Well, since Peyton Manning-to-Denver hasn’t quite broken the internet (yet),

Broncos’ Ryan Clady: Peyton Manning is just better than Tim Tebow | ProFootballTalk
When the news broke that Peyton Manning is on the way to Denver and Tim Tebow is on the way out, Broncos left tackle Ryan Clady offered a very simple explanation of the reason for the Broncos’ change at quarterback.

NFL.com news: With Peyton Manning in, Broncos exploring trade of Tim Tebow
With Peyton Manning set to join the Broncos, the team now will explore a trade of quarterback Tim Tebow, a source said Monday.

Tebow-Time in Tampa Bay? Why Tim Tebow Coming to the Bucs Makes Some Sense - Bucs Nation
I know, I know. You read the title of the article and snickered. He can't be serious, right?

Division News

AFC West notes - AFC West Blog - ESPN
ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting Denver has re-signed special teams ace Wesley Woodyard to a two-year contract. He will also be a backup linebacker.

Tight ends split from Denver - AFC West Blog - ESPN
It looks like Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario could see the writing on the wall.

ProFootballWeekly.com - Raiders add CB depth with Spencer
Veteran CB Shawntae Spencer won't have to relocate far after being released by the 49ers last week,

Quinn finally realizes money isn’t everything | ProFootballTalk
In signing with the Chiefs, quarterback Brady Quinn apparently didn’t take the best financial offer he could find. Instead, he went with the best fit. (Peyton Manning would have said, "Get both.")

Richard Seymour: Peyton will give Raiders’ D sleepless nights | ProFootballTalk
Richard Seymour is a veteran of many battles with Peyton Manning during the years when Patriots-Colts was the NFL’s best annual rivalry. Now Seymour will prepare to face Manning twice a year when the Raiders play the Broncos.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Fells’ deal with Patriots worth maximum of $7M "
The three-year deal that TE Daniel Fells signed with the Patriots is worth $5.25 million, with $2 million guaranteed, according to a league source. Fells can earn a maximum of $7 million.

NFL News

Former Super Bowl champion describes daily struggles
"Short term memory's not good," Jim McMahon, former Chicago Bears quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion tells ESPN

Jaguars sign ex-Giants cornerback Aaron Ross to three-year deal | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Jaguars have reached an agreement with Ross, a free agent cornerback, on a three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million.

The Draft

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Teams flock to Iowa pro day to see Reiff "
Iowa’s pro day Monday drew representatives from 23 teams, including Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, Packers GM Ted Thompson, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel.

Vikings hint they prefer Morris Claiborne to Matt Kalil | ProFootballTalk
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman is talking like a man who isn’t as high on USC left tackle Matt Kalil as everyone seems to think, and that Spielman has been hinting that he’d draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne over Kalil with the third overall pick.

Report: Dre Kirkpatrick has 10 visits lined up | ProFootballTalk
The NFL world is focused on Peyton Manning and other free agents right now, but the draft is right around the corner.

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