Silence From Peyton Manning No Big Deal


Given the reaction on social media, you would think the Denver Broncos lost all over again.

Just about everywhere you turn people are breathing into paper bags so they don’t hyperventilate. They just can’t understand why it’s taking Peyton Manning so long to make his decision. “Oh, he must be on the fence.” “He’s upset over all the change.” “He must not want to part with the money.” Let’s put that last one to bed right now: For anyone who still believes that nonsense, Manning had to be talked into taking the salary he has today.

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As Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, relayed to Andrew Brandt when Denver was the choice:

“What does Tom Brady make?” Manning asked.

“$18 million a year.” Condon replied.

“Then I don’t want to make a penny more than that.”

As Brandt wrote in his piece: “Condon’s visions of a $25 million a year deal were dashed, although the Broncos’ opening offer was $19.4 million a year. Condon phoned to tell Manning, who was incensed:

‘I told you I didn’t want to make more than Brady!'”

All of sudden he’s selfish? Back on point.

How do we know a decision hasn’t been made? Even if it hasn’t, what is the rush? NFL free agency doesn’t start for another two weeks. Teams can’t even begin to workout until April, and won’t set foot on the field until May. So, again, what is the rush?

Jan 11, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Colts defeated the Broncos 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So the fans and people in the media can feel better? I’m sure that ranks high on the list of priorities for Manning and John Elway. “You know, Peyton, we need a decision to appease the fans’ sanity.”

In the glorious words of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “R-E-L-A-X.” Broncos Country needs to take a deep breath. As noted above, it’s not holding up any free agency decisions. Elway and his staff will operate under the thought that Manning will return. Just as they did last year when the Broncos “won” free agency. Oh, with Manning’s same cap number. Shh, don’t tell those who say he has to take a pay cut.

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It’s not holding up the creation of the playbook for new head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. As with Elway and the front office, they operate under the thought that Manning will return.

Some in Broncos Country need to take a deep breath. I cannot fathom what would have happened in 1996 had social media been around with Elway and his “decision.” Practice a little patience. You’ll due yourself and the rest of Broncos Country a huge favor.

There’s no rush, just as Elway and Kubiak have said multiple times. Manning knows the Broncos want him back, and they believe Manning will come back.

What else is there to say?

Let’s just leave it at: “R-E-L-A-X.”

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Oct 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton (98) during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports