Peyton, Broncos Deal Almost Done & NFL Free Agency

The Peyton Chase is about to end, but I have to admit I lost interest when it became obvious that the Chiefs were not part of the picture.

There’s only one team in focus with Peyton Manning right now and that’s the Denver Broncos. The biggest free agent in NFL history has settled on going mile high to continue his career and the contract details are being worked out between Manning’s agent Tom Condon and the numbers crunchers from Denver. No mystery apparently on the biggest numbers involved here – 5 years, $90-plus million. The negotiating reportedly is about what forms that money will be paid, how it will be structured to help the Broncos against the cap and all those items that are now part of the financial landscape in pro football.

Suffice is to say the Chiefs and the rests of the AFC West will now get the chance to face Manning twice a year. The Broncos are especially happy that he’s on their side now – Denver was 8-2 against Manning.

The Chiefs are 1-7 against Manning, while the Raiders are 2-3. Only the Chargers have been able to solve Manning and his offense, as they are 5-4 and have won five of the last six against him. Maybe that’s why Chargers QB Philip Rivers expressed happiness when he heard that Denver was the next stop for Manning.

Now, the Broncos must find some help for Manning and his offense. They are going to need better pass protection; they gave up one sack every 11.2 passing plays last year, and that was with the mobility of Tim Tebow in the offense. They badly need a tight end and there’s nothing currently on the roster to handle those duties. They are going to need to find receiver help to go with Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas. After that they have nothing.

The free agent signings have become a trickle rather than a flood, but they are still happening. Here is what happened on Monday:

Broncos kept a linebacker – Special teams ace Wesley Woodyard is staying in Denver, signing a 2-year deal that nobody in the foothills will remember because of Manning.

The Raiders sign a corner and bring back a guard. Across the Bay, the 49ers released CB Shawntae Spencer last week. He signed on Monday with Oakland. The Raiders re-signed G Cooper Carlisle who they released last week in a salary cap move.

The Jets add a safety. New York gets LaRon Landry in a one-year deal for $4 million. The big safety leaves the Redskins.

The Patriots get a blocker and a catcher. New England has been pretty busy in these opening days of free agency and they added two more veterans on Monday, re-signing WR Donte Stallworth and picking up G Robert Gallery, who was released several days ago by Seattle.

Panthers get Tolbert for backfield. It’s not real apparent how he fits with the Carolina offense, but former Chargers RB Mike Tolbert signed a 4-year deal with the Panthers. He joins DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and running QB Cam Newton.

Dolphins finally sign a quarterback. They couldn’t get anything done with Peyton Manning, then Matt Flynn and apparently Alex Smith, but Miami was able to get a deal finished with former Jacksonville starter David Garrard.

Lions sign punter. Detroit re-signed P Ben Graham.

Chargers add a tight end. The busy Lightning Bolts added another offensive player in TE Dante Rosario.

Titans re-sign linebacker. Tennessee keeps LB Patrick Bailey on a 3-year, $3.3 million deal.

6 Responses to “Peyton, Broncos Deal Almost Done & NFL Free Agency”

  • March 19, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Bob- give us something more relevant. Like RAC’s record vs. Manning. Goonther couldn’t stop a dead goose.

  • March 19, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    I don’t feel threatned at all by Manning going to Denver. Elway is going to get rid of a problem: Tebow. Denver has chosen to live/die with Manning. He’s great. He was great. Who knows now. How many hits can he take. Do they have the skills on offense that Manning’s offense needs. How fast will Tebow fans start booing if Manning has a bad game. How many hits can Manning take. What happens if Manning goes out. Bring it on. Go defense.

  • March 20, 2012  - milkman says:

    JFW- I agree! I usually watch NFL ACCESS every night but had to turn it off last night after listening to all analysts saying the Bronco’s have already won the division before Manning even puts on a uniform. There are just SO many questions to be answered about Manning, his health, and if his over-all play has declined or not. Let’s at least let them play a pre-season game before we declare them the Stellers of the late 70′s.

  • March 20, 2012  - Niblick says:

    cychief-I know Romeo was 2 and 0 in the playoffs versus Manning when he was with the Pats. I think in the regular season he was something like 4 and 0 or 3 and 1. Don’t forget they had Brady on the other side of the ball to keep the ball away from him. He still did a great job. Since he left, the Pats were not as good against Manning. His one game here against Manning was good also. They won but Manning had a very low passer rating and was intercepted twice if I recall.

  • March 20, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    We will probably learn today how Manning’s contract will be structured. 5yr-$96M will bite the donkees at some point. How much will they be under the cap to go get him some weapons? One of their TE is out 4 games for ‘roids. Their interior O-line needs help.
    Their defense has to GREAT pass rushers and that’s it. Their best LB and a DE are out 6 games for ‘roids. Secondary is old. They can’t stop the run.

    This will sound silly to some. But I had Manning on my fantasy team in ’10. So I paid a lot of attention to him that year. He started to look like he was aging. His QB rating was 91.9 his lowest since ’02. (Cassel had a 93.0 that year).

    IMO, I think the donkees made a mistake here and so did Manning. Since he must not have really wanted in the NFC he should have chose Tennessee.

  • March 20, 2012  - Craig says:

    Good point cychief24. Manning should have picked Tennessee, dome, better team, fans love him, and dome. As someone who has had a cervical neck repair, it gets stiff in the cold. So will Mr Manning’s. Also the wind blows in the open unlike the dome. Also a job for life with the Titans, wow, some sell job elway! it will be all that more sweet when we beat them! Remember Orton, the immoble pocket passer, got pounded the first five games. The donkeys had better get some pass blockers. I do think tebow may stay. He is a different sort of guy, not as ego-centric as many other atheletes. Go Chiefs

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