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Peyton Manning | Quarterback

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/24/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 230
College: Tennessee
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The Broncos initially asked Peyton Manning to take a $10 million pay cut this season.
That would have been a more-than-50 percent slash, suggesting the Broncos at some point were at least considering a life without Manning. The two sides eventually settled on a $4 million pay cut, and the Broncos smartened up and realized this is Peyton Freaking Manning and Brock Osweiler isn't him. Jun 24 - 2:47 PM

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A source told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that the Texans and Broncos had "very preliminary" discussions regarding a trade that would have sent Peyton Manning to the Texans early this offseason.

The source said the "very preliminary" talks took place before Manning took a $4 million pay cut to stay in Denver, which occurred in early March. Manning has a no-trade clause and would have had to sign off on the trade, so the idea of the Texans and Broncos engaging in legitimate trade talks still seems highly unlikely. Manning obviously isn't going anywhere in 2015.
Jun 24 - 1:25 PM

The Broncos, their head of P.R., the Houston Chronicle, and the Denver Post have all been forced to refute a "report" Tuesday that the Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning to the Texans earlier this offseason.

The "report" came from a Twitter account managed by an apparent radio personality whose station is no longer on air. It stated that the Broncos tried trading Manning to the Texans and were ready to begin the Brock Osweiler era under new coach Gary Kubiak. The Broncos refuted the story vehemently, which would happen even if it were true. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain contacted three sources he "trusts" in the Texans' organization to gauge the report's accuracy. All three said it was "not true." (We're not buying it, either.)
Jun 23 - 10:03 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has limited Peyton Manning's OTA reps in an effort to be "fresh and healthy" when training camp starts.

It also gives Kubiak a longer look at 24-year-old Brock Osweiler. Under Kubiak, the Broncos seem intent on placing less reliance on Manning to engineer their team, and more reliance on the pieces around him to provide a semblance of balance. The Broncos should have a strong run game and elite defense in 2015.
Source: USA Today
Jun 10 - 9:44 PM

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe was "amazed" by Peyton Manning's "focus and intensity" this offseason.

"I thought he looked really fit," said Cutcliffe. "I thought his core was great. I watched him train inside, and he looks good and he's strong where he needs to be strong, and he didn't show anything at all from the quad." Cutcliffe was Manning's offensive coordinator in college, and the two still train together every offseason. Even in a "down" 2014, Manning managed to put up almost 40 touchdown passes. Denver's offense should be more balanced this year, but the 39-year-old is still a top-tier fantasy quarterback.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 8 - 9:46 AM

The Broncos are emphasizing having Peyton Manning take snaps from center during Organized Team Activities.

Coach Gary Kubiak downplayed the under-center practice reps by saying Peyton already has the shotgun down, but it's a likely reminder that the Broncos are going to become less of a pass-crazed team under Kubiak, and run an offense that leans more heavily on the run. Manning can still be a top-five fantasy quarterback, but he'll have to do it with less passing volume under Kubiak.
May 27 - 9:13 PM

Peyton Manning says he doesn't consider 2015 his "farewell tour," and insists he feels good physically.

There will be growing hype that 2015 is Manning's final campaign, but he's not offering any clues. Manning faded badly down the stretch last season as he battled quad issues, but was playing at a typically-elite level before his health got in the way. Now 39, however, it's not as if Manning's good health can be taken for granted.
Apr 28 - 4:35 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak said the Broncos will remain a no-huddle offense.

The Broncos are expected to have Peyton Manning under center more this season, but have no plans to move away from their no-huddle attack. "We'll definitely be running the hurry-up," Kubiak confirmed. "Peyton's been the best at it for years, so that's a strength that we'll stay with." Manning projects to throw less as he enters his age-39 season, but is still locked in as a high-end QB1.
Apr 18 - 7:09 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak "has held preliminary talks" with Peyton Manning about saving his "mind and body" during the season.

We're guessing this means Manning will have his practice reps limited and maybe receive a smaller offseason workload. Kubiak said he'll adjust the offense to better suit Manning's needs, not the other way around.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 25 - 10:57 AM

Peyton Manning's new contract with the Broncos contains a no-trade clause.

The only way Manning will leave the Broncos over the next two years is through retirement or release. It is very unlikely Manning would ever be traded, but the clause at least gives the change-averse quarterback some peace of mind. Manning will likely be asked to throw less as he enters his age-39 season, but he is still a high-end QB1.
Mar 14 - 12:54 PM

Peyton Manning is officially returning to the Broncos in 2015.

The only hoop left to jump through was his physical, which he passed. Manning accepted a $4 million pay cut Wednesday to give Denver more cap room to sign free agents. Peyton's favorite target, Demaryius Thomas, was franchise-tagged earlier this week. With those two back in the fold, it should be another high-scoring season in Denver -- even if Manning's volume declines as he enters his age-39 season with more arm strength concerns than ever.
Mar 5 - 12:43 PM

Peyton Manning's $4 million in incentives can be earned if the Broncos win the Super Bowl.

As we suspected. Manning can earn $2 million if the Broncos win the AFC title game, and the other $2 million if they win Super Bowl 50. Manning's $19 million base salary for 2016 remains unchanged. Turning 39 later this month, Manning's contract shuffling confirms he will play football this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 8:01 PM

Peyton Manning can earn back his $4 million "pay cut" via "team-based" incentives.

So his $19 million base salary has become a $15 million salary with the ability to earn back $4 million based on triggers that aren't yet known. Since the $4 million was wiped off Denver's books, the triggers are considered "unlikely to be earned," and perhaps tied to something like a Super Bowl win. If Peyton does earn the incentives, they'll count against Denver's 2016 cap.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 4 - 7:08 PM

Peyton Manning has agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, reducing his salary from $19 million to $15 million.

The move creates $4 million in cap space for a Broncos team looking to sign franchise player Demaryius Thomas to a long-term contract. The Broncos are also in the market for up to three new offensive linemen, in addition to possibly re-signing free agent DT Terrance Knighton. Manning's $15 million base salary makes him the sixth-highest paid quarterback just behind Jay Cutler.
Mar 4 - 3:12 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Peyton Manning's restructured contract could create as much as $7-$9 million in cap space.

The most-likely scenario would be turning a huge chunk of Manning's $19 million 2015 salary into a "signing bonus" that could be prorated over the next two seasons. A voidable year for 2017 could also be added. Cole speculates Manning will push for the Broncos to re-sign Julius Thomas with the savings.
Feb 26 - 4:16 PM