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Were the Broncos Looking to Move QB Peyton Manning to Houston This Offseason?

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Call it a crazy rumor or a matter of ‘what if,’ but there’s a story going around that the Broncos were in the market to try and trade future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning to the Houston Texans this offseason.

The story, presented in full on Pro Football Talk, come originally from Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver. He claims that the Broncos tried to trade Manning to the Texans this 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.

PFT also talks about the fact that the recent no-trade clause that was put in Manning’s deal, a clause that would have never allowed that to happen.

My first reaction was to scoff, but then I remembered this item from PFT regarding the presence of a no-trade clause for 2015 in Manning’s revised contract. Manning didn’t need to ask for a no-trade clause unless he feared that his restructured contract, with a base salary of only $15 million, would make another team more likely to do the deal.

We plan to promptly seek comment from both teams. For now, though, the notion that the Broncos explored the option of moving on from Manning — especially with a new head coach and new offensive coordinator — seems plausible.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Greg Williams

    June 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    That rumor is all it is, but there is no reality to anything about that!

  2. Berdj J. Rassam

    July 3, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I really doubt that the Broncos would move their most marquee player. I agree with Greg.

  3. ben

    July 6, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Think for a second Broncos fans….Manning isn’t an ideal fit for the Kubiak system. You have heard the saying for many years, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Manning is closer to 40 than he is 35, and with every passing year, he loses a little arm strength, which is important in Kubiak’s offense. Take a look at Flacco’s year last year, he had a career year in almost every statistical measure and his greatest strength is his arm strength. And who does Osweiler remind a lot of people of? You got it, Flacco! I definitely do not think this was a rumor, I really think the Broncos entertained this. Then a funny thing happened, everyone in the front office he *itch man slapped each other and said, “This is PFM we are talking about!” Then, they woke up from their dream, and realized they couldn’t trade Manning, which only makes sense! He doesn’t have the greatest arm anymore (probably never did), taking snaps from center isn’t his biggest strength and it probably makes him grind his teeth or bite his tongue every time a running play is called. Also, Manning running the boot leg is about as common as a summer snow storm (minus that beautiful play against Dallas a couple years back). But, he’s reliable, consistent and SPECIAL! Who is Brock Osweiler? I’ll take those cricket sounds to mean no one really knows. I’ll take a 3800-4000 yard season from Manning with 32 TD’s and 12 Int’s. If that means a lean and mean running game, and a defense that is relentless after the passer, and we hoist a Lombardi trophy. I think we all know the chances of Osweiler taking this team all the way….ZERO! If you disagree, feel free to let me hear about it.

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