Peyton Manning Picks Broncos: Report

Denver will try to trade Tim Tebow
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
Peyton Manning Picks Broncos: Report
n this March 11, 2012 file photo, NFL quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the Arizona Cardinals training facility after a five-hour meeting with coaches and front office staff in Tempe, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Is Tebow-mania on its knees in Denver? Peyton Manning has told his agent to begin negotiations with the Broncos, sources tell Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN. In a TV appearance, Schefter said Manning "fully intends" to play in Denver, and has already discussed the parameters of a 5-year, $95 million contract with GM John Elway. If the deal goes through, Denver will try to trade Tim Tebow.

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Sources say that the negotiations will iron out language to protect the team in case Manning's neck ailment comes back to haunt him, but Manning has already passed a physical. Both sides expect talks to be a formality, and Manning has forbidden his agent from speaking further with his other suitors, the San Francisco 49ers or Tennessee Titans. Denver is now expected to pursue free agent Jeff Saturday, a former Colts center whom Manning brought up in discussions with all the teams who wanted to sign him. (Read more Peyton Manning stories.)

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