Denver Broncos: Top 15 acquisitions of the decade

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SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Signed Peyton Manning in 2012

By: Andrew Wade 

Although Peyton Manning was a shell of himself when the Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50, he is arguably the main catalyst for the Broncos reaching the Super Bowl that year.

John Elway’s signing of Peyton Manning put the Denver Broncos back on the map as true contenders and gave him the ability to rid the Broncos of Tim Tebow without significant backlash. His presence allowed numerous offensive players to flourish and provided stability at a position that Denver has not often had since John Elway was taking snaps in the late 90s.

In his four seasons with Denver, Manning put up gaudy statistics (17,112 passing yards, 140 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 101.7), and staked claim to numerous awards including NFL MVP (2013), NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2013), First-team All-Pro (2012, 2013), and three-time Pro Bowl selection (2012, 2013, and 2014).

After leading Denver to two Super Bowls and a combined 45-12 record in four seasons, Manning retired, but he hasn’t stayed in the shadows as he continues to show up in Dove Valley from time to time to pass along guidance and wisdom to the new generation of Broncos.

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It’s not often you can sign a sure-fire Hall of Famer in free agency, and it’s even more rare for it work as splendidly as it did in this instance, but Elway hit the jackpot with this signing.