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Polian: Peyton Manning Qualified To Immediately Become NFL GM

Feb 10, 2016 8:31 PM

Bill Polian believes Peyton Manning is qualified to immediately become an NFL general manager.

"I believe he could very quickly fill the role that John Elway fills with the Broncos," Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian told SiriusXM NFL Radio, per "The reason I say that is, during our 14 years together in Indianapolis, he would often discuss with me prospects coming out in the draft, SEC players he'd seen, players he'd seen in other parts of the country. He pays close attention to the rosters of the other players in the league, with specific attention to the AFC."

Said Polian: "He knew the strengths and weaknesses of every player on every defense in the AFC and many on offense, because he met them and got to know them at the Pro Bowl and soaked up information. He is a football nerd, as am I. He's more than prepared to do that job."

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns have been linked to working with Manning once he retires.

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Peyton Manning Must Make Decision By Mar. 9th

Feb 9, 2016 6:02 PM

The Denver Broncos aren't trying to rush the decision of Peyton Manning but his $19 million base salary becomes guaranteed on March 9th. The deal counts $21.5 million against the salary cap.

"We're going to enjoy this, let Peyton enjoy this,'' John Elway said. "I'm sure he'll sit down with his family. Eventually we'll talk to him too and go through that. There's no timeline for that right now.''

Manning has said he wanted to "take some time" to decide up on his future.

Manning made the $4 million back with $2 million bonuses each for wins in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl.

"Important thing is, it's going to be his decision,'' Elway said. "Where we get a chance to sit down and talk to him, that's up to Peyton, where he is in that process, what he thinks he can ... what he wants to do from here on out.''

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Broncos' Goal Is Long-Term Deal For Von Miller

Feb 9, 2016 5:58 PM

Von Miller will be a free agent this offseason and the Denver Broncos can use the franchise tag upon him.

Miller has been one of the NFL's best pass rushers since coming into the league with the second overall pick in 2011.

"The goal is always to get a long-term deal," John Elway said, who added that it also is a priority to re-sign Malik Jackson and Danny Trevathan. "That goes into the same process of trying to include everybody. Looking at it from the 20,000 foot view of how this team is going to look not only next year but two, three years down the line. ... Our goal is always to be competitive year in and year out and that's what we want to do."

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Super Bowl 50 Draws 111.9M Viewers, Down From Super Bowl 49

Feb 8, 2016 4:22 PM

Super Bowl 50 had 111.9 million viewers for the Denver Broncos' win over the Carolina Panthers ending a streak of records for the NFL.

Last year's game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks keeps the record with 114.4 million viewers.

Nielsen said an average of 1.4 million computer users watched the live stream of the game. The stream had just under 4 million unique visitors during the game.


Six of the past seven years until this one had set a viewership record.

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Budweiser Didn't Pay Peyton Manning For Postgame Plug

Feb 8, 2016 10:46 AM

Budweiser insisted they didn't pay Peyton Manning to shill for the company after the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl win.

"I'm going to drink a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy, I promise you that," said Manning. 

"I'm going to take care of those things first and definitely going to say a little prayer and thank the man upstairs for this great opportunity," Manning continued.

Budweiser spent an estimated $15 million on three Super Bowl ads this year.

The comments about Budweiser came shortly after he gave Papa John a kiss on the field.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Peyton Manning Won't Rush Retirement Decision

Feb 8, 2016 9:47 AM

Peyton Manning said he won't rush a decision about his future after the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl win.

"I don't know the answer to that," Manning said. "I talked to [former NFL coach Tony Dungy] last week, and he called me [and said] 'I need to talk to you.' ... He got some good advice about not making an emotional decision, one way or the other. I thought that was good advice."

Manning battled a left foot injury and missed seven starts before getting his job back in Week 17.

"The night's just beginning. I look forward to celebrating with my friends, my family," Manning said. "I think I'll take some time after that."

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Peyton Manning Nearly In Tears Addressing Broncos

Feb 7, 2016 12:36 PM

Peyton Manning and DeMarcus Ware were choked up on Saturday before addressing their Denver Broncos' teammates on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

"Both were very emotional and near tears," team president Joe Ellis told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.


Manning didn't say whether the game would be his last in the NFL.

"Peyton told a few jokes to lighten the mood," Ellis said, "but then he got very emotional [when talking about what the game meant to him]. And so did DeMarcus. The room was silent. It was a very emotional gathering."

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Peyton Manning's Legal Team Hired Private Investigator On PED Source

Feb 4, 2016 11:15 PM

Peyton Manning's legal team hired private investigators to visit the source of a report that he and other athletes obtained performance enhancing drugs.

In December, Al Jazeera reported that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting that Manning's wife received deliveries of human growth hormone in 2011. 

Charles Sly recanted his statements, which were recorded without his knowledge.

Manning's lawyers launched the private probe shortly after Al Jazeera started contacting athletes who would be named in the documentary in December.

They hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate Sly and sent a lawyer to examine Peyton's and Ashley's medical records at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis, according to Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary and crisis management consultant Manning hired.


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Irsay Asks Peyton Manning To Retire With Colts

Feb 4, 2016 11:52 AM

Jim Irsay would like Peyton Manning to retire with the Indianapolis Colts.

"I want him to and I've asked him to," Irsay told WISH-TV's Anthony Calhoun in Indianapolis. "I would love to have him retire as a Colt and how he handles that part of his career."

Irsay conceded that Manning "really has tunnel vision."

Manning left the Colts in 2012 to join the Denver Broncos.

"I told Peyton right after the (AFC Championship Game) everyone here is so excited, and it's so deserving because I don't think anyone is more respected by everyone in the game, meaning you guys in the media to the players on the field he's playing against," Irsay added. "It's just so deserving, it really is."

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Rams Interested In Signing Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning remains under contract with the Broncos for 2016, but most around the NFL expect him not to return to the franchise.

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Peyton Manning's 2015 Was Worst Season Of Any Super Bowl QB Ever
The Broncos' most similar team historically was the 2009 Jets.

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Ryan Clady Willing To Restructure Contract With Broncos
Ryan Clady tore his ACL in May, missing the entire 2015 season.

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Panthers Made Blockbuster Offer To Colts For Peyton Manning In 1998
Bill Polian had drafted Kerry Collins just three years earlier when he was GM of the Panthers.

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Peyton Manning Welcomes Investigation Into 'Garbage' HGH Report
Peyton Manning supports the NFL's investigation into an Al-Jazeera America report linking him to human growth hormone.

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NFL Insists They're Investigating Peyton Manning Despite Report
The NFL says they're conducting a review of records, interviews, and coordination with other agencies.

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Team With Better Defense 10-7 In Brady-Manning Games
Tom Brady had the better defense 10 times in his head-to-head meetings compared to seven for Peyton Manning.

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Peyton Manning Hints At Retirement To Belichick
PEyton Manning is under contract for 2016, with a salary cap charge of $21.5 million, which is bigger than his cap figure last season when the Broncos asked Manning to take a cut.


Panthers Open As -5.5 Favorites, Line Moves To -4 With Bets On Broncos
The Broncos were -2.5 favorites against the Seahawks and lost 43-8.

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Peyton Manning Gets $2M Bonus For Winning AFC Championship
The Broncos' defense was outstanding throughout the season and were particularly strong in their two playoff wins.

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2015 Championship Game Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The Panthers, Cardinals and Patriots are much more well-rounded teams than the Broncos, who rely heavily on their defense.

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Panthers, Cardinals Were Two Of Five Teams In Top-10 Off., Def. DVOA
The Panthers and Cardinals were top-10 teams in the regular season on both sides of the ball, while the Patriots were in the top-10 only on offense and the Broncos were in the top-10 only on defense.

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NFL Final Four Matchups Since 2005 (Infographic)
The Patriots are in the AFC Championship Game for the fifth straight season and for the 10th time during the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

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Derek Wolfe Signs Four-Year, $36.7M Extension With Broncos
Derek Wolfe wanted to stay with the Broncos and could have received a larger contract on the open market.

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2015 Divisional Round Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the strengths and weaknesses of every team as the second round begins.

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Peyton Manning Gets $2M For AFC Win, Another $2M For Super Bowl Win
Peyton Manning restructured his contract with the Broncos with incentives he could earn back with team success.

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Antonio Brown 'Not Looking Good' To Play Against Broncos
While Ben Roethlisberger is likely to play in the Steelers' playoff game on Sunday at the Broncos, Antonio Brown's situation is "not looking good."

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Wild Card Playoff Matchups (DVOA Infographics)
The infographics show the percentile rankings for all 12 2015 NFL playoff teams in the categories of DVOA for offense, defense, pass offense, rush offense, pass defense and rush defense.

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Peyton Manning HGH Report Had Second Source Beyond Charles Sly
Deborah Davies of Al Jazeera claims they had a second source for the report that the Guyer Institute reportedly sent HGH to Peyton Manning's wife, Ashley Manning.

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Peyton Manning Announced As Broncos' Starter For Playoffs
Peyton Manning's foot was okay after Sunday's Week 17 game.

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