Whether Peyton Manning comes back or not, the lack of an announcement has bettors skittish toward the Denver Broncos. According to the Denver Post, Denver has fallen from 4th in Super Bowl odds to tied for 5th, citing the Westgate Las Vegas sportsbook.
"The early going, the Broncos aren't getting much support from anyone as far as the money coming in," said Jay Kornegay, Westgate's vice president of race and sports operations. "Even if Manning does come back, at this stage in his career he has to be 100 percent healthy or very close to that to be effective. His health, his weapons that surround him and lack of public support are the three main ingredients for the Broncos (odds) slowly creeping up there."
It's a bit different entering the offseason not as favorites to win the Super Bowl. We'll see if Manning can play the role of spoiler instead of one-to-be-spoiled this year. Assuming he comes back.
Combine Horse Tracks
It's Combine time
Last year, Bradley Roby helped cement his first-round status with an outstanding Combine workout. What names and stories will jump out this year?
New technology aids players preparing for combine - The Denver Post
MARTINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The big-screen television hanging on the wall at TEST Football Academy has various colors, numbers and other data flashing across the screen, all vital information for the trainers preparing a group of college players for this week's NFL combine.
Most important combine drills - NFL Videos
The "NFL Total Access" crew hits the practice field to run through some of the most crucial drills featured at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Broncos' offensive line dance begins with prospects - The Denver Post
Keeping Manning upright, if as expected he returns, will be a top priority along with developing a dynamic running game. With Gary Kubiak's new coaching staff in place, the Broncos are beginning personnel evaluations. By any measurement, they need improvement on the offensive line, which could feature as many as three new starters this year. According to Pro Football Focus, the Baltimore Ravens, for whom Kubiak served as offensive coordinator last season, posted a 41.4 run-blocking score. The Broncos checked in at minus-4.1.
Dorial Green-Beckham hits combine with major talent/concerns - NFL.com
At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Dorial Green-Beckham boasts the raw football skills that make NFL executives drool. But the receiver carries major off-field baggage. Albert Breer examines an NFL draft enigma.
Broncos Horse Tracks
Agent's Take: Why Peyton has leverage if Broncos ask for pay cut - CBSSports.com
The best chance of getting a pay cut is by Manning instructing Condon to negotiate one if asked by Elway. The idea would get dismissed pretty quickly with Condon having discretion to decide what's in Manning's best interests. He would probably remind the Broncos that they were comfortable paying Manning $18 million in 2012 when there was even more uncertainty about how he would perform with his surgically-repaired neck.
The Free Agent Hot 100 | ProFootballTalk
1. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
2. Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston.
3. Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
4. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Peter King talks Broncos coaching staff - ESPN
Sports Illustrated's Peter King weighs in on mistakes teams can make at the NFL combine, the Broncos' coaching staff, the lack of interest in Ray Rice and the process rule.
Breaking down the cornerbacks
The Broncos' investment in their cornerbacks is significant: a first-round pick in 2014, a second-day pick a year earlier, a big-ticket free-agent pickup last year, and, finally, in December, a five-year extension to Chris Harris Jr., a justified reward for his steady, four-year growth from undrafted signee to Pro Bowler.
Denver Broncos' Ben Garland trains with explosives in Air National Guard - ESPN
Beneath a postcard-worthy Colorado sky, with sun-splashed, snowcapped mountains framing the world around him, Denver Broncos guard Ben Garland is focused on his instructor for the day. Garland, in his usual spot in the front row, locks his gaze and wrings every proton of information out of every word about the current topic: static electricity.