The Denver Post's Mike Klis spoke to Peyton Manning after news dropped that the Broncos and Manning have agreed to a $4 million pay cut. According to Klis, Manning says he is "excited to be back" with the Broncos in 2015.
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Here is what Manning said to Klis:
"I don't talk about my contract. I never have in 18 years, and I'm not going to start now," Manning said Wednesday afternoon. "I've been working real hard, and I'm excited to be back with the Denver Broncos. Can't wait for April 13 to get here when the team can finally come together. I'm excited to get to work and get to know the new coaches and looking forward to trying to make 2015 a special year."
Report: Manning to take a $4 million pay-cut
•Mile High ReportAccording to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Jeff Legwold, quarterback Peyton Manning is reportedly taking a $4 million pay cut in 2015. This means that Manning will be making a total of $15 million in 2015 instead of $19 million.
Manning also said that he will take his physical at the Denver Broncos headquarters Thursday morning and that he expects it to be "pretty routine."
Manning's pay cut reportedly boosts the Broncos cap up near $20 million but might be higher depending how the Broncos worked it. The final details of the pay cut will be released tomorrow.
Some have believed that the Broncos were seeking this pay cut so they could re-sign some of their own, most notably Julius Thomas and Terrance Knighton. However, Klis says that do not expect the Broncos to re-sign either of those two despite Manning taking a pay cut.
According to Klis, the Broncos approached Manning seeking a bigger pay cut than the one he now agreed to. Apparently the Broncos were not seeking salary cap relief but instead cash relief. This move helped the Broncos get their finances in order.
Manning also spoke again about his transition from the offense he runs to the offense he and new Head Coach Gary Kubiak come up with. He still doesn't seem very concerned about the transition.
"I feel like I'm pretty flexible," Manning said. "I feel like somehow, some way I've found different ways to make things work. I look forward to working with coach Kubiak and trying to do my job and do whatever I can to help the team.
I'm looking forward to the stimulation part of it, I think learning new things as you become an older player is a good thing. Learn new ideas, different ways. I look forward to it."
With "Manning Watch 2015" officially behind us, we can now set our sights on Free Agency set to kickoff next week. Hopefully, the Broncos use the money they saved from Manning wisely in free agency.