Peyton Manning | QB | Denver Broncos
Posted: 5/17/2013 10:20am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning signed a "renegotiated" contract, but sources with knowledge of the deal said the new terms don't change his compensation. The contract, according to the source, adds an insurance clause, which reflects that the team has purchased an insurance policy in the event Manning suffers a serious injury. The insurance would both compensate the Broncos and provide a cap credit in the event Manning can't play. Manning will earn $40 million guaranteed over the next two seasons, in $20 million chunks for 2013 and 2014, respectively. The Broncos can avoid the $20 million payment in 2014 only if Manning suffers injury to the same area of his neck that kept him from playing in 2011.
Huddle Up: Manning looked plenty healthy last year, but it's a shrewd move by the Broncos to insure themselves against re-injury. Can fantasy owners who draft Manning get a similar deal?
Posted: 4/21/2013 10:16pm et
The Denver Broncos are poised to use one of their picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, likely a third-day pick in the draft weekend, on a quarterback. Executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants three quarterbacks on the depth chart with QB Peyton Manning in a meeting room with two young, developmental players.
Huddle Up: The Broncos already have who they believe is their QB of the future in 2012 second-round pick Brock Osweiler, but they just recently released veteran Caleb Hanie clearing the way for a mid- to late-round QB addition.
Posted: 4/16/2013 12:34am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is excited to be working with WR Wes Welker. "Certainly he's made a lot of plays in New England," Manning said. "He's been great in the red zone. You've seen him catch a lot of touchdowns from Tom [Brady]. The two of them have had great timing -- and that developed over time as well. I don't think you can just say, 'Hey, we're going to have that right away.' It's going to take time. Of course, you want to try to get on the same page as quickly as possible. It was important to start the workouts we got in last week and use these what we call Phase One and Phase Two and minicamps and OTAs and training camp -- every repetition with him will be important. I think he provides some unique things. He has unbelievable quickness, he's excellent with the ball in his hands on those little screen passes. You've seen him get upfield quickly, and I've always thought he's had a nose for the end zone."
Huddle Up: Go ahead and start salivating about what Manning and Welker can do in the Broncos' offense. Welker will take a bite out of the tight end numbers and Eric Decker's numbers, but don't forget that Manning produced three 1,000-yard, 10-TD receivers in a season in Indy with Brandon Stokley working the slot.
Posted: 4/14/2013 11:47pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he is feeling better than he did at this time last offseason but is not where he was before he underwent surgery. 'Obviously, I still can perform kind of status quo, but I still have hopes and (am) determined to try to seek some more improvement. But, yeah, I'm certainly better than I was last year. But I'm still not quite where I was before I was injured,' Manning said.
Huddle Up: This improvement -- and the addition of slot WR Wes Welker -- likely portends a return to the fantasy-QB top five for Manning after a solid sixth-place finish a year ago.
Posted: 4/11/2013 12:18pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning worked out with WRs Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker at Duke University Wednesday, April 10. Duke coach David Cutcliffe worked with them.
Huddle Up: How the Broncos' pass distribution works out during the season will affect many a fantasy owner as Welker, Thomas and Decker combined for 297 receptions last season. If all 3 WRs play the majority of the season, expect the number of catches for each to dip slightly, but there still should be plenty of production to go around.
Posted: 2/21/2013 10:28pm et
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said he believes QB Peyton Manning will improve his play next season because he will be healthier than he was in 2012.
Huddle Up: Coming out and throwing for 4,659 yards and 37 TDs with a new team following a year off and 4 neck surgeries was quite impressive. Expectations of an improved version will put Peyton in some elite company come fantasy drafts this summer.
Posted: 2/16/2013 10:19pm et
If the Denver Broncos decide to make a big splash in the offseason, the wide receiver position is where the team could spend significant money. With his career winding down, QB Peyton Manning would like another big weapon to throw to. New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is an option, as could Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Mike Wallace. The team could also attempt to trade for Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin.
Huddle Up: While Manning might enjoy adding Welker or Harvin alongside Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, it would be a fantasy bummer with three talented receivers all drinking from the same cup. Then again, Manning has produced a season where three receivers all topped 1,000 yards and scored at least 10 touchdowns. Can't he just settle for Austin Collie in the slot and keep feeding Thomas and Decker?
Posted: 2/3/2013 12:51pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said he is not sure whether he will continue to a wear a glove on his right hand in 2013 as he did at the end of the season. Manning wore the glove to help grip the football, the result of his multiple neck surgeries. 'It's hard to say. It's something that I've had to make a number of adjustments coming off this injury,' Manning said. 'That's just been part of it. That's certainly been one of them amongst other things that I have to do.'
Huddle Up: Manning remains in arecovery phase with the nerves in his neck still regenerating, and the QB will now have the offseason to chart any progress.
Posted: 2/2/2013 9:32pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has won the 2012 Comeback Player of the Year.
Huddle Up: View this as Peyton's consolation prize for not winning MVP, though considering he sat out all of last season and had multiple surgeries to his neck it is certainly a well-deserved honor.
Posted: 1/24/2013 12:30pm et
Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey said QB Peyton Manning talked with the players from the AFC and NFC Tuesday, Jan. 22, in an attempt to try to make the Pro Bowl more competitive. '(Manning's talk) meant a lot because I think we do get over here and get relaxed,' Bailey said. 'The sense of urgency leading up to the game isn't there. It takes something like that to get you going, to understand the importance of it. I get it. We should play hard.' The AFC team is expected to practice harder this week to get ready for the game. Manning said the play in the last two Pro Bowl has been unacceptable which is why NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering getting rid of the game.
Huddle Up: Getting selected to the Pro Bowl -- and earning some big-$$$ incentives -- is one thing for players; putting your livelihood and health on the line in a meaningless exhibition is another. That in a nutshell is the crux of the problem facing commish Roger Goodell and the NFL these days, and it's hard to envision the Pro Bowl existing in its current form much longer.
Posted: 1/15/2013 8:54pm et
Denver Broncos president John Elway said the team plans on picking up QB Peyton Manning's option for the next two seasons, which would pay him $40 million over the next two years. Manning must first pass a physical this winter to be guaranteed the money. 'I don't think he's going anywhere,' owner Pat Bowlen said. 'I got more than I expected.'
Huddle Up: With Manning turning 37 in March, he's obviously closer to the end than the beginning, but this is your no-duh headline of the day ...
Posted: 1/13/2013 1:28pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning went 28-for-43 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: Manning also lost a fumble in the game, and, in all, the Ravens converted those 3 turnovers into 17 points in a 38-35 OT win. Manning had an MVP-caliber comeback season after missing the 2011 campaign, but he was one-and-done as a playoff QB for the eighth time in his career.
Posted: 1/10/2013 2:00pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has never won a playoff game when the temperature at kickoff is below 40 degrees, losing in the postseason twice at the New England Patriots and at the New York Jets. He threw one touchdown and seven interceptions in those games for a 46.2 passer rating. The high temperature forecast for Denver Saturday, Jan. 12, for the team's playoff game is 20 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of snow.
Huddle Up: That's a chilling stat for those planning to roll with Manning in a playoff fantasy matchup this weekend, but do note that the forecast isn't calling for much wind or precipitation and the veteran QB has successfully played in preparation with his throwing hand in a glove over the past few games.
Posted: 12/27/2012 1:53pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is expected to play the entire game in Week 17 as the team attempts to secure a first-round playoff bye and top seed in the AFC.
Huddle Up: There's a chance Manning could be pulled in the second half if the game is in hand against the lowly Chiefs, but if Manning got you this far in the fantasy season now isn't the time to abandon ship.
Posted: 12/22/2012 6:19pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has a career 5-0 record against the Cleveland Browns.
Huddle Up: The Broncos keep stacking up wins, but Manning's fantasy owners haven't exactly reaped the benefits of late with the QB throwing only 1 TD in each of the past 2 games. Now he draws the Browns, who rank in the league's bottom half (20th) in terms of the best defenses against opposing fantasy QBs.
Posted: 12/7/2012 12:08am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 26-of-36 passes for 310 yards, a TD and an interception Thursday night in a 26-13 Week 14 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: Manning did eclipse the 300-yard mark for the first time since Week 10 but failed to toss multiple TD passes for only the third time all season as the Broncos managed just 2 TDs in 7 red-zone drives. His TD throw went to TE Joel Dreessen, while WR Eric Decker emerged from a mini-slump to pace the team with 8 catches for 88 yards on 9 targets.
Posted: 12/6/2012 11:13am et
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker has 56 receptions this season, but just eight over his past three games. QB Peyton Manning went several series without looking for Decker in Week 13.
Huddle Up: Decker's fantasy owners have noticed the drop-off in productivity as Demaryius Thomas continues to prosper. Moreover, slot receivers Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme have seen upticks as well. As such Decker has become a riskier fantasy play, though Peyton Manning is throwing enough that there should be enough to go around--especially in a favorable matchup like the one against Oakland.
Posted: 11/25/2012 11:25pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (concussion) received a concussion test during the team's Week 12 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was hit in the head while throwing a touchdown pass in the first half. The team's medical staff gave him the concussion test, but he passed and never missed a snap. Manning also had precautionary X-rays after the game. 'I'm fine, everything checked out OK,' Manning said. 'I took a hit there, but I was cleared.'
Huddle Up: Manning passed the test and backed it up by showing no ill effects on the field, throwing for 285 yards and a pair of TDs, including what would prove to be the game-winning, 30-yard TD to WR Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter.
Posted: 11/11/2012 10:03pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 27 of his 38 pass attempts for 301 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers. The TD was his 420th, as he moved into a tie with Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino on the NFL's all-time list. He trails only former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre (508).
Huddle Up: Manning had his run of 3-TD games snapped at 5, but he did hook up with old pal Brandon Stokley on a 10-yard pass in the first quarter to tie Marino. Manning did wind up with 301 passing yards, and lost a fumble on a sack.
Posted: 11/10/2012 1:52am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning enters the Week 10 game against the Carolina Panthers needing just one touchdown pass to tie Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino for second on the all-time list with 420.
Huddle Up: Manning is climbing the list in warp speed with 3 TD passes in each of his past 5 games, and his fantasy owners most certainly are enjoying the ride.
Posted: 11/5/2012 1:09pm et
At this point in the NFL season, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck each have 2,404 passing yards, in addition to leading their teams to a 5-3 record.
Huddle Up: Luck has proven to be as billed at the halfway point of the season, while his predecessor just keeps chugging along in Denver.
Posted: 11/3/2012 8:27pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is 7-0 all-time against the Cincinnati Bengals with 17 touchdowns, only three interceptions and a 107 passer rating. He's thrown for at least three touchdowns in four of the seven games, including a four-touchdown game in 2006.
Huddle Up: Moreover, Manning has thrown for at least 300 yards and 3 TDs in 4 straight games, and faces a Bengals pass defense that ranks in the middle of the NFL pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs (17th) and average passing yards (16th) surrendered per outing.
Posted: 11/1/2012 11:11pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thumb) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 1.
Huddle Up: No worries about the October AFC Offensive Player of the Month who had a scare when he banged his thumb on a Saints defender's helmet in Week 8.
Posted: 10/31/2012 5:58pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thumb) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Huddle Up: That is good news for anyone concerned about his thumb. He played through the injury and did just fine last week, so this should not be a major surprise.
Posted: 10/15/2012 11:57pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 24-of-30 passes, including 3 second-half TD passes Monday night as the Broncos rallied from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat the San Diego Chargers, 35-24.
Huddle Up: Manning was masterful in the second half, throwing TD passes to WRs Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley. Manning was 13-of-14 in the second half in posting his fourth straight 300-yard passing game. During that span he has thrown 11 TDs and only one interception -- a first-half pick Monday that was returned 80 yards for a TD by the Chargers' Quentin Jammer.
Posted: 9/18/2012 12:45am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was picked off three times in the first quarter of the Week 2 loss against the Atlanta Falcons Monday, Sept. 17. He ended up completing 24 of his 37 passes for 241yards, one touchdown and the three picks. It was the first time in Manning's career that he was picked off twice on his first four passing attempts, and the first time he was picked off thrice in his first three drives.
Huddle Up: Manning has extended some caution in recent interviews that there still will be some struggles and adjustments ahead, and while 3 interceptions in one quarter isn't quite what the QB had in mind, it's a reminder that fantasy owners can't expect the Manning of old -- especially early in the season.
Posted: 9/10/2012 11:51am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning became the fastest player to reach 400 career touchdowns (and just the third overall) in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He completed 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. His historic TD came on a 71-yard pass-and-run to WR Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter, reaching the milestone in his 209th game and 7,726th attempt. He joined former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Marino and former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre in the elite club.
Huddle Up: Manning's historic touchdown traveled about 10 yards; Thomas and some outstanding downfield blocking did the rest. While Manning may have lost a little off his deep ball his game against the Steelers demonstrated that his brain is just fine. If his neck allows him to stick around for another three seasons or so, he could threaten Marino and Favre atop that list.
Posted: 9/5/2012 11:18pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (neck) still deals with lingering health issues. 'Yeah, I have things I deal with. But I'll keep that between me and the training staff,' Manning said.
Huddle Up: Manning took a few shots in his limited playing time in the preseason, but things are about to ramp up with the hard-hitting Steelers up first in Week 1. After Manning's draft stock took a jump in late Aug., there will be no shortage of fantasy owners hoping the 36-year-old holds up.
Posted: 8/26/2012 11:54pm et
QB Peyton Manning was 10-of-12 for 122 yards and 2 TDs in leading the Denver Broncos to a 17-0 first-quarter lead over the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason game Sunday in Denver.
Huddle Up: The 49ers came back to beat the Broncos, 29-24, but while Manning was in during the opening quarter, it was all Denver as the QB drove the Broncos to scores on all 3 of his possessions against one of the league's top defenses a year ago. Manning's two TD passes -- his first of the preseason -- both went to WR Eric Decker. Manning has alleviated almost all concerns with his play this presason and should be considered a starter in most all fantasy leagues. Decker also should rate high as Manning's top target.
Posted: 8/22/2012 12:15pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has struggled throwing to his right since his return from a serious neck injury. After two preseason games, Manning has problems when his passes are more than 10 yards.
Huddle Up: It's clear at this point you're not going to get vintage Manning. However, he has enough arm and the football sense to be a good quarterback. Don't pay for the Peyton of five years ago and you won't be disappointed on fantasy draft day.
Posted: 8/19/2012 12:48am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 16-of-23 passes for 177 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in a preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, against the Seattle Seahawks. The last time Manning had two or more picks in a preseason game was Aug. 28, 2004.
Huddle Up: Manning played the entire first half against the Seahawks, and had his good and bad moments. His first pick came off a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage. His second came when he overthrew a seam route to the tight end. On the flip side, Manning should have had a TD pass, but ex-Colt teammate Jacob Tamme dropped a pass in the end zone in the second quarter. He finished the night 16-of- 23 for 177 yards. In all, Manning now has thrown three preseason picks with no TDs, and he will need time to work out the kinks after 19 months away from game action.
Posted: 8/17/2012 7:40pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will likely play into the second quarter when the Broncos host the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, August 18.
Huddle Up: That will definitely be a preseason treat for Bronco fans, who only got to see their new favorite for a series last week in Chicago. Manning himself will be looking for better results as his only drive was thwarted by an intereception at the goalline. Fantasy GMs eyeing a lower-tier starter with elite upside also will be keeping an eye on Manning with a number of drafts approaching.
Posted: 8/15/2012 11:17am et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said that, at 36 years old, he does not have the arm strength he used to. Manning thinks losing arm strength is not a function of last year's neck injury. "I still have strength to recover, still have work to do," Manning said. "I am 36 years old. My arm has a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns on it, so it's probably not going to be the same as it was when it was 22, but I still think it can complete some passes. I can move the chains and hopefully get our offense into the end zone this year."
Huddle Up: It's no shock Manning has lost something off the fastball, but his game has always been more about the cerebral anyway. And would it be a surprise if Manning was underselling his arm to encourage defenses to creep up on him, only to unleash an 80-yard bomb on the first play of Week 1? Manning can still play, and while he's no longer an elite fantasy QB he's still an every-week starter with upside.
Posted: 7/18/2012 10:00am et
Contract negotiations between the Denver Broncos and OT Ryan Clady have hit a snag. The two sides recently exchanged proposals but the numbers were far enough apart that a league source said an extension by the time the team reports to training camp next week does not seem likely. Clady is scheduled to make $3.5 million this season in the final year of his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: Peyton Manning's blind-side protector will get his money. Clady is a three-time Pro Bowler who can outright dominate the best of pass-rushers.
Posted: 7/11/2012 1:24am et
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams reportedly wanted to pay Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning $25 million per season before he elected to sign in the Mile High City.
Huddle Up: Bud had a few gin and tonics and got excited about the prospects of Manning back in the state of Tennessee, but it probably worked out for the best. They would have sold a zillion Manning jerseys, sure -- but he would have killed their salary cap and couldn't have lifted them to a Super Bowl anytime soon. The team has recently undergone a roster overhaul and coaching change, they lack veteran leadership, and their defense was the youngest in the league last year. The Titans are better off building for the future with Jake Locker.
Posted: 7/7/2012 12:16pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning likes the team's idea of incorporating iPad playbooks this upcoming season. 'Peyton loves it,' video director Steve Boxer said. 'He was one of the first guys I dropped video into an iPad for.' Manning added, 'It's easier for the video guys to send it to all the different players, and it's a great way to study for these guys. There's no excuse not to have the playbook and the game film to study.'
Huddle Up: Manning's just angling for an endorsement deal with Apple. Sigh... is it time for football yet?
Posted: 7/4/2012 12:52pm et
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's arm strength is reportedly at 85-to-90 percent of what it was prior to his surgeries. Although Manning has shown improvement this offseason, he may never be fully recovered.
Huddle Up: The '85-to-90 percent' estimate comes from The Denver Post's Mike Klis.
Posted: 5/31/2012 9:23am et
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday, May 30, the team never pursued Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning this offseason. Harbaugh added the team has always been committed to Alex Smith. 'It's an erroneous perception that we were flirting with Peyton Manning,' Harbaugh said. 'I keep hearing that over and over again. It's silly, and it's untrue. It's phony. Even the perception that we were pursuing him... we were evaluating him. I've said all along, Alex Smith has been our quarterback. There's been no scenario, other than Alex choosing to sign with another team, that we would have considered him not as our quarterback.'
Huddle Up: Uh, Peyton Manning met 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh and OC Greg Roman in Durham, N.C. on Tuesday, March 13 and threw passes for at least two hours. On the next day the 49ers team doctor flew to Durham to give Manning a physical. That's more than 'flirting'... C'mon Jim, don't worry about Alex Smith's feelings. He got his extension with $16.5 million guaranteed. You don't have to lie to anyone.