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Published on 03/19/2012 at Mon Mar 19 22:07.
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A week ago today, we speculated that the Broncos may bring back veteran receiver Brandon Stokley if the team landed Peyton Manning.  The next day, Stokley told 104.3 The Fan that he would sign with Denver if Manning asked him to do so.

Manning must have just asked him to because NFL Network‘s Jason La Canfora is reporting that Stokley is “likely to be signed” by the Broncos.  Stokley, 35, is familiar with Manning and could become Denver’s fourth wide receiver, as the team is currently slim at the position.

Stokley’s best season came in 2004 when he played with Manning in Indianapolis and caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.  With two Super Bowl rings, Stokley would bring experience to Denver’s young receiving corps. 

Another player to watch is former Colts’ center Jeff Saturday, who has a visit scheduled with the team, per La Canfora.  Saturday, 36, has been Manning’s center for the past ten years and is an experienced veteran with 188 career starts.

With the opportunity to groom Broncos’ current center J.D. Walton, Saturday could possibly start for several more seasons in Denver before handing the reins back to Walton.  Another former Colt that the Broncos will be interested in is tight end Dallas Clark, who has caught 46 touchdowns since the 2003 season.

With tight end Daniel Fells now in New England and Dante Rosario joining San Diego, tight end has become a huge position of need in Denver.  Expect the team to bring in at least one tight end during free agency and possibly draft another in April.

Are you in favor of bringing in players like Stokley, Clark and Saturday? 

  • Paterade

    Not sure 36 year old wideouts are the way to go

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    As a side note, Klis just Tweeted that there is no chance Tim Tebow will stay with the Broncos. So my bet is he will.

  • Vincemarine

    Bum scoop Klis! Lol!

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2582236 Elway4Life

    Hmm, if Peyton brings all his old friends to the Broncos we go from being one of the best youngest teams to the best oldest teams real quick! I really liked how the Broncos were young, playing well, and felt they could get better each year.

    Trying to be positive. Stokley (leadership) could be a great 4th WR since our WRs are young and he’d come cheap (he was cheap last time around too). I just don’t know if Peyton brings in Stokley, Dallas Clark, Jeff Saturday, and Fred Flintstone though. If they do (again thinking positive) we better have a great draft of young players who can learn from the best by positions to fill in (and not miss a beat) when the Colts players on our team retire!

    Broncos (and fans) are really in a weird, interesting, and surreal world right now. Throw in last year with what Tebow did, and you couldn’t script a better film! Me being an Actor I know this! Lol

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of this at all. Not sure how Stokely will help us in any way.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a fan of this at all. Not sure how Stokely will help us in any way.

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    Not a problem with Clark coming in, he’d have been a good signing either with or without Manning.  Stokely seems like a great guy and I’m sure he’ll be wonderful through the off season and camp but I just can’t see him making the roster.

  • NMBronc

    I was pretty excited yesterday, but Starting to get buyers remorse and he has not even signed. Manning and Clark are one thing, but I don’t want to be the geriatric Colts. These guys are five years past their prime when they won the superbowl. If Saturday wants to backup and mentor Walton,that is great, but players learn better by playing not watching. If that was the case, I would be a pro bowler becauseb I have watched a ton of football.

  • TacosOnTueday

    Get hitched to the hottest babe in town and before the honeymoon even starts she moves in her elderly relatives. She better be good…

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Jonathan Douglas

    Let’s not get too wrapped up with Stokely’s age.  Remember, we’re looking for over 80 players right now (not our seasonal 53).  If Stokely is cheap (and he was last time around), he brings experience and familiarity to training camp.  That’s a HUGE win-win.  It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to make the final cut, but while he’s here he will be VERY valuable.

  • flbronc

    we brought in casey weigmann when he was saturdays age and he played great for us.  age isnt as much a factor on the ol as it is anywhere else.  the good ones play upwards of 17 years.  health permitting saturday should have another 3-4 seasons in him.

    i am not sure i like him replacing walton and taking his reps.  our young line has serious potential to grow into one of the best in football.

    as for clark, we just lost two older te’s to free agency so bringing one in now doesnt bother me.  stokely, as much as i like and respect him, won’t make it out of camp. 

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    They’d all come on the cheap.

  • rcsodak

    Saturday can callbout protections. Walton…not so much. Saturday admitted to upwards of 3 before the snap…..and with the last one with 1 second left. Putting. Someone in the C spot that can run mannings no huddle is parmount to a successful year.

  • Anonymous

    yay we are keeping Tebow!  Thanks Klis!

  • MeOMy

    Slot receiver doesn’t need speed. Even at his age Stokely would be great to have on 3rd downs. In McDaniels first year he almost never used Stokely. When he did, Stokely almost always came up big on 3rd downs. Have him be the 4th receiver. Sit him on the bench and keep him fresh until we need the big play on a 3rd down. 

  • Anonymous

    They’d have to. Jeff Saturday is Peyton’s comfort blanket and an upgrade over JD Walton, who is our long term center. If Saturday shows the kid the ropes for a season, OK. Its the other vets I’m worried about. Stokes gets beat out in camp, Dallas Clark same thing. Addai is Knowshon 1.0, but is a better at picking up the blitz.

  • Anonymous

    They’d have to. Jeff Saturday is Peyton’s comfort blanket and an upgrade over JD Walton, who is our long term center. If Saturday shows the kid the ropes for a season, OK. Its the other vets I’m worried about. Stokes gets beat out in camp, Dallas Clark same thing. Addai is Knowshon 1.0, but is a better at picking up the blitz.

  • freedog

    I don’t buy these “were going from youth to old” comments.  What you’re really saying is that I’m ok with us taking a couple more years to win a championship.  Bringing in “experience” not only helps us RIGHT NOW, but also brings in a corps of people who can coach up the youngsters.  

  • freedog

    I don’t buy these “were going from youth to old” comments.  What you’re really saying is that I’m ok with us taking a couple more years to win a championship.  Bringing in “experience” not only helps us RIGHT NOW, but also brings in a corps of people who can coach up the youngsters.