Posted Tue Mar 13th by Jon Heath
Quick hits on the developing Tuesday evening free agency signing period stories —
- It’s a good thing that the Denver Broncos have so much cap room, because a Peyton Manning contract would probably be for around four years, and $90 million.
- Although it originally wasn’t supposed to be, money has become The factor in the Manning sweepstakes, according to Vic Lombardi.
- Meanwhile, Bud Adams, the Owner of the Tennessee Titans, says that Manning wants to make a decision soon. According to Adams, he is really interested in the Titans, too.
- The Broncos still want Manning however, and are in a better financial situation than Tennessee.
- Manning will meet with the Titans on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. We expect/assume/hope that Manning’s decision will come soon after his meeting in Tennessee.
- Meanwhile, our old friend Brandon Marshall may have gotten himself into trouble with the NFL, again.
- To help replace Vincent Jackson, the San Diego Chargers have signed Robert Meachem. Receivers Laurent Robinson and Brandon Lloyd are now the two biggest names among receivers that remain available. Lloyd is scheduled to visit the 49ers tomorrow.
- Despite earlier reports that Broncos’ free agent receiver Eddie Royal had signed with the Washington Redskins, he is still exploring the open market. There are a handful of teams — including the Baltimore Ravens — that are interested in Royal, but reports are that Royal will wait and see if Manning signs with Denver before making a decision. Royal would reportedly see if Denver would be willing to match Washington’s two-year, $12 million offer (which seems to be unlikely).
- Safety Dwight Lowery — whom the Broncos were expected to target — has signed with Jacksonville. Receiver Reggie Wayne — who was expected to follow Manning wherever he went — has re-signed with Indianapolis.
- Fellow safety Brandon Meriweather, who reportedly visited the Broncos today, will visit the Redskins next.
- One of Denver’s highest priorities remains re-signing defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley. As of 11:00 p.m. (MT), Bunkley remains un-signed.
- The Broncos may not be waiting to begin their free agency signings until after Manning makes his decision, but potential players interested in Denver probably are, according to sources.
- While the team has yet to make any big splashes in free agency, we advise not losing your patience. Day one is coming to an end and the teams that signed a lot of big name players were the ones that are desperate — and most of them overpaid. The smarter teams — like New England, Green Bay and New York — have sat back and waited — as they have done for years. It’s a good blueprint for the Broncos to follow, signing bargains after all the big-name players are overpaid on day one.
Stay tuned for continuous coverage of free agency as the week unfolds!