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Broncos Initially Asked Peyton Manning To Take $10M Pay Cut

Jun 24, 2015 2:41 PM

The Denver Broncos were never prepared to cut Peyton Manning, but they did ask him to take a $10 million pay cut. The Broncos eventually were able to get Manning to agree upon a $4 million cut in pay.

Manning struggled down the stretch last season and the Broncos have been able to improve their roster around him this offseason.

Mike Kils/Denver Post

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Report: Broncos Tried To Trade Peyton Manning To Texans

Jun 23, 2015 8:20 PM

According to Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver, the Denver Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans during the offseason. He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

Manning's revised contract for 2015 includes a no-trade clause.

Manning struggled during the final part of the 2014 season.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Shane Ray Predicts He'll Win Defensive Rookie Of The Year

Jun 23, 2015 2:37 PM

Shane Ray is entering his rookie season in the NFL with confidence.

"I don't see anything less than Defensive Rookie of the Year. I mean that's my goal," Ray told Around The NFL from the Rookie Symposium on Monday.

Ray was the 23rd overall pick by the Denver Broncos.

"A lot of people might say that sounds cocky for you to say it right now, but I've always set high goals for myself, just like I did in college and that is something that I'm looking to prove, that I'm the best defensive rookie here," he said.

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C.J. Anderson Entering Broncos' Training Camp As Top RB

Jun 16, 2015 12:45 PM

C.J. Anderson will begin training camp as No. 1 on the Denver Broncos' running back depth chart ahead of Montee Ball.

"We're right where we're at. Obviously C.J., that's in a lot of ways his spot to hang on to," coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via ESPN. "I think that Montee has had a great offseason. I think Ronnie (Hillman) has had a really good offseason. I think it's very competitive. You never know about the backs until you put the pads on. I think C.J. has worked extremely hard. Coming off of last year he deserves that opportunity and I think he's getting ready for that opportunity. But he knows he's being pushed very hard."

Anderson has impressed the new coaches and they love the film he put on tape late last season.

"I think in this league as coaches you look for guys that can be three-down players," Kubiak said. "When you have two-down players, that's fine, but it's just very difficult in the game standpoint and getting them the ball and calling the game when you're not out there all the time. He has a knack for protection, he's very bright in protection. So he's a guy that's not going to leave the field -- as much as he can stand. And that's what the great ones do, so that gives him an excellent chance."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Demaryius Thomas Unlikely To Report Without New Deal

Jun 12, 2015 1:28 PM

Demaryius Thomas is not expected to report to training camp without a new contract.

Considering the challenges of adjusting to Gary Kubiak's new offense, it's even more imperative that Peyton Manning hones his connection with his No. 1 receiver.

League executives have suggested to Ian Rapoport that Thomas deserves to be paid on par with Calvin Johnson, who signed an eight-year, $130 million contract in 2012.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Tags: Denver Broncos, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ryan Clady Likely Out For Season With Torn ACL

May 28, 2015 5:44 PM

Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during practice on Wednesday and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.

Clady was injured while blocking on a pass play during an 11-on-11 drill. He was treated by trainers after he went down and did not participate for the rest of the practice, but he remained on the field, limping slightly.

 

"He pulled himself out (of drills), said his knee was sore," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said. "We really weren't that worried last night, everybody felt good, but we felt like we'd take a look at it this morning, and unfortunately we got some horrible news."

Clady previously blew out his left knee in a pickup basketball game in April 2010, but returned to start every game for Denver that season.

This will be his fourth major surgery in the last five years, with the others coming on his left knee, shoulder and foot.

 

A first-round pick in 2008, Clady is the last remaining player from Mike Shanahan's 14-year tenure as Broncos coach.

 

A four-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro, Clady has started 16 games in six of his seven NFL seasons. 

ESPN

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Peyton Manning Growing More Comfortable In Kubiak's Offense

May 28, 2015 1:18 PM

Peyton Manning is still getting accustomed to the Denver Broncos' new offense under Gary Kubiak.

Manning has been more comfortable operating from the shotgun late in his career, but he's coming up to the line of scrimmage on almost all of his snaps right now.

"We know the other end of the stick is fine. It's something he's been doing forever," Kubiak said. "So, we're going to spend a lot of time under center initially. ... He's been very responsive and he's working extremely hard."

After what he called the Broncos' "first real day of practice in shoulder pads," Manning said he's eager to smooth out the roughness in this new hybrid offense, saying, "I feel I can do whatever they ask me to do."

Some believe quarterbacks like the shotgun because they don't have to take their eyes off the pass rush.

Arnie Stapleton/AP

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Ex-Teammate: Rivers Far More Approachable Than Peyton

May 28, 2015 12:07 PM

Peyton Manning has been affable pitchman in commercials, but his qualities as a teammate have been uneven.

Manning once called Mike Vanderjagt an "idiot kicker" and there's been countless shots over the years visibly disgusted with the performance of teammates.

Orlando Franklin signed with the San Diego Chargers this offseason and he's enjoyed working with Philip Rivers.

"One thing I noticed immediately when I got here is that Philip Rivers is definitely more approachable than Peyton," Franklin said on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. "I don't know if it was because I was a lot younger being that I met Peyton in my second season and now meeting Philip going into my fifth season but definitely I will say Philip is more approachable than Peyton."

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Jeff Heuerman Suffers Torn ACL, Out For 2015

May 10, 2015 9:26 PM

Jeff Heuerman suffered a torn ACL in Saturday and is expected to miss the 2015 season.

The Denver Broncos drafted Heuerman with the 92nd overall pick.

Heuerman was expected to help the Broncos replace Julius Thomas at tight end.

"I feel terrible for Jeff and this is an unfortunate situation," Gary Kubiak said. "Jeff was going to be a big part of our team this year, and he's still going to be a big part of our team and organization in the future.

"He'll get well and be with us as part of this team throughout his rehabilitation."

Manouk Akopyan/NFL.com

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Broncos Had Shane Ray Rated As 10th Best Prospect

May 1, 2015 10:43 AM

The Denver Broncos traded up to No. 23 to select Shane Ray.

Ray was No. 10 on the Broncos' board.

Ray will join Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to form one of the NFL's best pass rushes.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Elway: Demaryius Thomas' Absence 'Makes No Sense'
Demaryius Thomas was given the franchise tag this offseason and will make $12.8 million if he and the Broncos are unable to agree upon a long-term deal.

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Chris Harris: Broncos' Defense To Be Even More Reliant On CBs In 2015
Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib formed one of the NFL's best cornerback tandems last season with the Broncos.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Dallas Police Suspend Investigation On Aqib Talib
Team sources told ESPN that Aqib Talib and his brother were both questioned by police at a different nightclub than the one where the incident occurred.

ESPN

Von Miller Loses Weight In Hopes Of Having Strong 2015
Von Miller is eating less junk food and drinking fewer drinks with sugar, while working out more.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Antonio Smith Signs With Broncos
Antonio Smith was recently released by the Raiders.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Demaryius Thomas To Skip Broncos' Offseason Program
Demaryius Thomas was assigned the $12.823 million franchise tag early in March.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Julius Thomas Agrees To Sign With Jaguars
The Raiders, Seahawks and Broncos also strongly pursued Julius Thomas.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Peyton Manning To Cut Pay For 2015 By $4M
Peyton Manning's salary for 2015 will drop from $19 million to $15 million.

Chris Mortensen, Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Demaryius Thomas Receives Franchise Tag From Broncos
Demaryius Thomas' tag will be worth approximately $12.8 million.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Agent: Julius Thomas Being Pushed Away From Broncos
Julius Thomas' agent, Frank Bauer, says talks with the Broncos have gone quiet since last summer.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Julius Thomas' Father Criticizes Manning, Elway
Greg Thomas said his son could return to Denver next season as a member of the Raiders.

Brandon Spano/BSNSports

Wes Welker Plans To Play In 2015
The Broncos are not expected to re-sign Welker, who has had a tough time staying on the field due to concussions.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Peyton Manning Physically, Mentally Ready To Commit To 2015
The quad injury that plagued Peyton Manning at the end of the 2014 season is fully healed.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Peyton Manning Meets With Broncos
No decision was announced after Thursday's discussions, given that Peyton Manning would have to undergo a check-up.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Broncos Prepared To Use Franchise Demaryius Thomas If Necessary
Applying the franchise tag to Demaryius Thomas would cost roughly $13 million.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Wes Welker Considering Retirement
Wes Welker is scheduled to become a free agent next month and is not expected back with the Broncos.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Peyton Manning Begins Working Out For 2015 Season
Peyton Manning wants to see where he is physically in the next stage of the evaluation process.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.

ProFootballTalk

Peyton Manning Could Decide In Coming Week
Peyton Manning will have his annual checkup on his surgically repaired neck within 10 days of the start of the new league year, which begins March 10.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Peyton Manning Decision Coming Soon
Peyton Manning has until March 9 to inform the Broncos of his decision.

Nick Shook/NFL.com

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