Peyton Manning - QBPosted 3/5/15 1:42am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning's new contract in which he takes a $4 million pay cut will not become finalized until he passes his physical, which he is expected to take within 24 hours, according to sources. Other details of the contract are still being finalized.
Huddle Up: The physical is no longer just a formality for Manning, given his age and health issues the past few seasons. Once he passes the Broncos can set to re-signing his receiving corps, or at least parts of it. And don't feel bad for Peyton; he can earn back that $4 million in bonuses next year.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas officially received the franchise tag Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: This comes as no surprise. The tag allows Thomas to get paid and the Broncos to try to wring one more Super Bowl run out of Peyton Manning and their current roster. If Manning opts not to come back or shows his age next season, Denver isn't overly committed to a receiver who might not be nearly as valuable catching passes from Brock Osweiler.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 3/1/15 11:50pm ET
The Denver Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on WR Demaryius Thomas Monday, March 2, all but ensuring the team keeps the wideout for the 2015 season. They are expected to use the 'nonexclusive' tag, which makes it possible for other teams to negotiate with Thomas. However, the team has the right to match any offer, and if he is signed away the team is compensated by the signing team with two first-round draft picks.
Huddle Up: Nothing really new here as Thomas has been atop the Broncos' free-agent priority list for awhile now and the two sides will continue to work on hammering out a long-term deal. Among all pass catchers over the last three seasons, Thomas ranks third in receptions (297) and second in receiving yards (4,483) and receiving TDs (35).
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/27/15 10:33pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Was Tim Brown the Raiders' last big-time play-making pass-catcher? It sure seems like it as second-year QB Derek Carr can use some weapons. Look for the Silver & Black, the Jaguars and possibly the Falcons to be among the front-runners if Thomas hits the open market.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. Manning has informed the team he intends to keep playing, and the Broncos did not formally interview any quarterbacks at the NFL Combine last week.
Huddle Up: Once Manning's health was determined, contract and compensation is the only remaining hurdle to his return. The Broncos would obviously love to shift some of that $19 million to Manning's receivers--specifically Demaryius Thomas--and it makes sense for Manning to give a little back in order to keep Thomas around. Expect the details to be worked out sooner rather than later.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/24/15 2:40pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he reaches free agency.
Huddle Up: With only 43 catches over the last two seasons, the Marcedes Lewis Era is rapidly winding down in J'ville, and the Jags are hurting across the board for offensive play-makers. Thomas would certainly fill that bill, but on the flip side, it would be quite the transition going from Peyton Manning to second-year QB Blake Bortles.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/23/15 11:15pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to be re-signed by the team, as his market value will likely exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay. The Broncos tried to sign Thomas to a five-year, $40 million extension last summer, but he wasn't comfortable with the guaranteed money and structuring.
Huddle Up: Kudos to Thomas for believing in himself enough to leave $40 mil on the table, as he likely earned a heftier contract this offseason. And given the Broncos' coaching change and need to re-sign Demaryius Thomas, that contract will in all probability come from a team other than the Broncos. The Raiders are believed to be a leading contender for Julius Thomas' services.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/20/15 4:55pm ET
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas (Broncos) has some likely interest from the Atlanta Falcons, who are looking for an upgrade at the spot this offseason.
Huddle Up: Thomas would most definitely qualify as an upgrade for the Falcons, who received a combined 33 receptions for 241 yards and three scores last seasons from TEs Levine Toilolo and Bear Pascoe. To land Thomas, though, the Falcons will likely have to outbid several other teams and dole out a contract in the neighborhood of top-three TE money.
C.J. Anderson - RBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson is not guaranteed to be the team's starting tailback in 2015. 'He's got to go earn that,' Kubiak said Wednesday, Feb. 18. 'When he walked off the field last year he was playing that way. He's a young player. I told him that when I talked to him. I said, 'C.J. when you come back for the offseason you need to handle yourself like you're the starter. I think he's ready to do that.'
Huddle Up: The new coaching staff isn't beholden to any of the running backs on the current roster, so it's incumbent upon Anderson--or Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman, for that matter--to show up for offseason workouts in shape and demonstrate the ability to grasp Kubiak's beloved one-cut-and-go system. Whichever back does that the best will get the carries in Denver.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas and his agent, Frank Bauer, don't have any meetings scheduled with the team heading into the NFL Scouting Combine. Apparently Thomas wants to test the free-agent markets when he's eligible March 10.
Huddle Up: The Broncos won't have any issue letting Thomas test the market, as he's not the type of tight end (read: he can't block) new coach Gary Kubiak prefers. Expect his price tag to move quickly beyond what Denver can afford (given the need to also re-sign Demaryius Thomas) and is willing to pay (given Julius Thomas' ill fit with Kubiak's system).
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/19/15 9:18am ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains undecided on whether he'll return for the 2015 season, according to general manager John Elway. Elway met with Manning a week ago, and Manning expressed that he feels fine physically. Everyone is expecting Manning to return, but there hasn't been a definitive announcement from Manning himself.
Huddle Up: Didn't Manning recently say he's ready physically and mentally for another season of football? The issue more likely is, is Peyton willing to take a pay cut to play in Denver. Or maybe something like, can Gary Kubiak's system and Peyton Manning's system co-exist? Time is running short for a final decision, as Peyton's contract guarantees on March 9.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/19/15 11:50pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Demaryius Thomas will have the franchise tag placed on him if the team can't work out a long-term deal in the next few days, according to general manager John Elway. Both sides have had the framework of a five-year deal on the table over the last year. The franchise tag for receivers this year is expected to be in the $12.7 to $12.9 million range.
Huddle Up: Thomas, who has averaged 99 catches, 1,494 yards and 11.7 TDs in his three seasons with Peyton Manning, will remain in Orange & Blue one way or the other.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 2/17/15 4:04pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not planning on retiring. Welker said he's preparing for next season and added that he never said he was considering retirement, contrary to a previous report.
Huddle Up: Welker, who will turn 34 in May, may end up playing next season but it doesn't figure to be for the Broncos, who have other free-agent pass-catcher priorities -- namely Demaryius and Julius Thomas.
Cody Latimer - WRPosted 2/15/15 2:54pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer could take on a bigger role in his second season in 2015 if the team doesn't go heavy with two-tight-end sets and a fullback. Latimer was considered by some to be the best blocker among last year's receiver draft class. The team could utilize him in the slot as a pseudo-second tight end in three-receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Latimer, the Broncos' second-round pick out of Indiana last season, was left out of last season's rookie receiver explosion, catching only two passes for 23 yards on four targets. With downfield blocking more of an emphasis in coach Gary Kubiak's new scheme, though, Latimer has the size (6-3, 215) and skills to take a big stride forward in his sophomore season.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/13/15 4:14pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may be in talks to restructure his contract and help the team keep its key free agents, according to a league source. Manning could free up $9.015 million in salary cap space with a simple restructure that doesn't include a pay cut.
Huddle Up: Manning his scheduled to count $21.5 million against the the cap this season so a restructure isn't out of the question for the soon-to-be 39-year-old QB, even if it's a little tricky with only two years remaining on his 5-year deal.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/13/15 8:17pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has assured team officials, including general manager John Elway, that he's physically and mentally ready to return for another season, according to league and team sources. Manning had a comprehensive evaluation from performance manager and trainer Mackie Shilstone the past couple of weeks in New Orleans. Shilstone gave Manning a strong assessment based on workouts and tests. The quadriceps injury that Manning dealt with late last year is fully healed.
Huddle Up: No shocker as Manning will return for an 18th season. New head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will now have the offseason to formulate the Broncos' offense around the soon-to-be 39-year-old QB who has limited mobility at best.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 2/12/15 1:34pm ET
Free-agent TE Julius Thomas' (Broncos) agent has made it clear to the Denver Broncos that Thomas is looking to be among the highest-paid tight ends in the league.
Huddle Up: While the Broncos would love to have Orange Julius remain Orange Julius, the TE's lack of blocking skills and versatility seemed to be more of a negative as the 2014 season wore on, and he may price himself out of what the Broncos are willing to pay given the other free agents (WR Demaryius Thomas, DT Terrance Knighton) who rank higher on their to-sign list.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/12/15 10:51pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning flew to Denver and met with general manager John Elway on Thursday, Feb. 12, but was not ready to make an announcement on whether he will play in 2015.
Huddle Up: Manning still has to pass his annual physical in March, but expect the official announcement on his intent to play in 2015 any day now.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/10/15 5:31pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is being given all the time he needs to make a decision on whether he'll play in 2015, according to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Manning has already begun training in New Orleans and plans to meet with general manager John Elway and others before making his decision.
Huddle Up: Time is not an issue here with the new league year still a month away, and meanwhile, it's becoming fairly clear what the decision will be in any case.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 2/10/15 11:58pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is considering retirement after several years of head injuries and declining production, sources said Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: Welker, who will turn 34 on May 1, has dropped from 122 receptions to 49 and 1,569 yards to 464 over the last four seasons and isn't able to avoid nearly as many big hits over the middle as he once did.
Wes Welker - WRPosted 2/8/15 8:59pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent WR Wes Welker is not expected to re-sign with the Broncos this offseason.
Huddle Up: Welker's advancing age -- he'll be 34 on May 1 -- concussion concerns, declining production, the Broncos' new offense and the team's other free-agent priorities add up to the end of Welker's two-year stay in the Mile High City.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/6/15 1:47pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will return to play in 2015, according to LB Von Miller. 'We can win a championship with Peyton. I think that's the only thing that matters,' Miller said. 'What else can I say? I think he's coming back. He said a long time ago that he would stop playing football when he felt like he was hurting a team more than helping a team. There's still so much he can do, so many wonderful things he can do for the Denver Broncos.'
Huddle Up: Add Miller to the overwhelming legion who believe Manning has at least one more season in him. Expect the official word from the soon-to-be 39-year-old QB soon.
Demaryius Thomas - WRPosted 2/3/15 3:37pm ET
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas said he would love to remain a Bronco when he becomes a free agent this offseason, but he added that he is letting his agent handle things.
Huddle Up: Of the Broncos' 20 pending free agents, Thomas is atop the team's priority list and look for him to be back in orange and blue next season, via a new multi-year deal or franchise tag if necessary.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 2/2/15 3:42pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning could decide on whether he'll return for another season this week, according to sources. Manning is confident that he'll work well with new head coach Gary Kubiak, who is ready to fit his offensive scheme to Manning's strengths. Manning is set to have his annual checkup on his surgically repaired neck within 10 days of the start of the new league year, which starts March 10.
Huddle Up: Manning's decision sets a lot of things in motion for the Broncos--and not just the guarantee in his own contract. Once the team knows Manning's status they can determine if they want to keep Demaryius and/or Julius Thomas around and how much to offer those potential free agents, as well as any other personnel they believe they need to place around Peyton to make another run at a Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 1/30/15 3:48pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie thinks his son will make his decision 'maybe in the next week or two.' 'He's given a lot of thought to it,' Archie Manning said. 'My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do . (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically.'
Huddle Up: The consensus remains that Manning will return for another season, but if not, the sooner the Broncos know the better so they can adjust accordingly in free agency and the draft.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 1/30/15 11:06pm ET
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas discussed with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro on The Sports Show Friday, Jan. 30, the chances of him returning to the Broncos. 'I really don't know. To be perfectly honest, it hasn't even been discussed for me yet,' Thomas said. He did go on to say he'd love to come back, but he mentioned there are several important factors when determining where he'll sign.
Huddle Up: The offense of new coach Gary Kubiak is certainly tight end friendly, but TEs in the system also are called upon to do their fair share of blocking, and the Broncos could decide that re-signing a one-dimensional Thomas is too pricey given their other free agents (namely WR Demaryius Thomas and DT Terrance Knighton).
Wade Phillips - DCPosted 1/29/15 3:54pm ET
Former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was hired for the same position by the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, Jan. 28. He signed a two-year contract, financial terms of which were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Phillips, who has a history of bringing quick statistical improvements to the defensive units he inherits, will bring a 3-4 look to the Mile High City and that should be a boon for edge rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware in particular.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts. The test results were learned at the beginning of March last season. The team has requested a decision from him by March 9.
Huddle Up: March 9 is the date the team needs to lock in Peyton's multi-million dollar contract, so it makes sense they want an answer by then. Now the Broncos need to figure out if either Thomas, Julius and/or Demaryius, will be back to catch balls from him.
Julius Thomas - TEPosted 1/20/15 3:29pm ET
Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) will not participate in the 2015 Pro Bowl, and he will be replaced by Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten.
Huddle Up: Thomas' fantasy owners surely won't contest the injury absence after seeing the TE catch only 11 passes for 119 yards and no TDs over the Broncos' final eight games, including the postseason loss to the Colts.
Peyton Manning - QBPosted 1/20/15 10:06pm ET
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains unsure of his future with the team, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to sit down with Manning and talk about their relationship moving forward. Kubiak doesn't think the difference in his offensive style will be a big deal if Manning decides to come back for another year. 'Well, it's easy to build a playbook for him,' Kubiak said. 'I mean, he's been the master at it for many, many years, and you're talking about a Hall of Fame player, Hall of Fame person.'
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 39-year-old QB is still resting and recuperating from a rugged last month of the season, but most signs coming out of the Mile High City still indicate he will return for another year.
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