Denver Broncos acquire Peyton Manning
The NFL Free Agency period started about a week ago and already there have been numerous amounts of trades, releases and acquisitions. There were some teams that won big in free agency, and some others that didn't do so well. We'll start out with perhaps the biggest and most exciting signing so far, quarterback Peyton Manning signed a 5 year contract with the Denver Broncos.
As soon as Manning was released from the Indianapolis Colts, teams around the league punced on the opportunity to speak with him. The Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Tennesee Titans and San Francisco 49ers all reached out to Manning. He visited with every team's coaches and general managers, toured their practice facilities and spent the night in some places.
The Broncos were the first team that Manning visited with. He spoke with head of football operations John Elway (who Manning was already good friends with), head coach John Fox, and a few of the players pn the team. He visited the practice facility in Englewood, and spent the night in Denver.
The free agent process was very new to Manning as he had played his entire 14 year career for the Colts. He had hoped to remain with his team since his contract was up, but Colts owner Jim Irsay wanted his team to be completely rebuilt and move on from the Manning era.
As the NFL Draft approaches, the Colts have the number 1 pick and are strongly considering drafting quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford. When Manning visited all of these teams, he wanted to be put in a stuation where the team would have the best chance of winning a title, and he felt that Denver had the best situation out of all the teams.
John Elway made Peyton feel very comfortable about the team he would be joining, the personel he would be around, and the atmosphere he would become accustomed to. Finally, after about two weeks of waiting for a decision, Peyton told his agent to negotiate a deal with the Broncos. Hr signed a five year contract, worth about $96 million.
The Broncos have now become quick AFC West favorites, and are a strong case to consider for the super bowl. We will see what happens when the season rolls around, but one thing is for certain. With Peyton Manning at quarterback for Denver, the Broncos are back to being an elite team in the NFL.