After meeting with at least 6 teams and holding conversations with almost a dozen professional football teams, the bound to be hall-of-fame quarterback, Peyton Maning has decided that he’s going to be taking his talents to new heights. Literally. On Monday morning, Peyton Manning announced that he had told his agent, Tom Condon, to start working out the details of his new contract with the Denver Broncos. It’s going to be less then two weeks since the Indianapolis Colts have announced that they were letting go of Manning, and quite as long since the future of the current Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, has been jeopardized by the rumors that are now confirmed: Peyton Manning is going to be a Bronco.
It seems that the time for all the tebownian madness is quite over now. At least we can say that the Denver Broncos are ready to try a little something more elegant and traditional for when it comes to meeting their quarterback needs. It is still uncertain where he’s going to end up at, but one thing is for sure: as soon as the Peyton Manning deal becomes official, the Broncos are going to do all they can to trade him. Towards the end, Manning had narrowed it down to three teams. He was seriously considering picking the San Francisco 49ers or opting to finish his career with the Tennessee Titans, but at the end, the Broncos seemed to the 4-times MVP as the ideal team to join. It was Manning himself who called the Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway earlier today to make the official announcement. He also called the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans to let them known that he was leaving for the Mile High Stadium.
The Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, was a little disappointed with Manning decision, but he also took a quick chance to show some support for his starting quarterback Matt Hassselbeck. “Now that we move forward, I want our fans to know that our expectations haven’t changed — winning a championship is still the goal. I like our quarterback situation moving forward and we will continue to build the team through free agency and the draft with that goal in mind (…) I also want to commend Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. They were thrown into a very difficult situation. Matt was very good for us last year…” He said in a press release.
John Elway and Peyton Manning first discussed the overall details of a five-year, $95 million contract during their March 9 meeting in Denver. It will be up to both parties representatives to work out the fine print of the agreement. Because for better or worse, there are still some issues that have to be solved before this can actually be considered a done deal. It is still uncertain what the contract is going to hold in terms of guaranteed money, structure of the deal and what sort of protections the contract will offer in case Mannings prior neck surgery will keep Manning from performing his duties. That is an old and well-known injury, but so far, Manning has passed the Physical examinations of the two other NFL teams he was interested, and at least for now, it doesn’t seem to be such a big issue.