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Published on 03/22/2012 at Thu Mar 22 12:00.
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Quarterback Peyton Manning will add to John Elway's legacy of elite quarterbacks to play for the Denver Broncos. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos announced the signing of a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer Tuesday.

A future Hall of Famer who said he wants to retire a Denver Bronco.

Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning will certainly be immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio one day. His bronze bust will stand in the same room as the man who got him to Denver, John Elway. But will he be enshrined as a Colt, where he spent his first 14 seasons, or as a Bronco?

It’s an interesting question. Manning will get to choose how he wants to be remembered in Canton’s hallowed hall. Perhaps any bitterness Manning might feel to Indianapolis will have faded by that time, and Manning will sign a one-day contract to retire with his original team and be remembered as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. It’s what several players have done before, including another all-time great Jerry Rice, who finished his career with one offseason with the Broncos before rejoining his San Francisco 49ers with a ceremonial one-day contract.

Or perhaps Manning plays three to four seasons in Denver (or even five — it is a five-year contract after all), and wins a Super Bowl here. That’s certainly the plan. The Broncos would not have traded Tim Tebow otherwise. In that case, would he decide to be remembered as a Denver Bronco?

John Elway and Peyton Manning. Two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, potentially both represented in Canton as Denver Broncos.

(If we fans thought the last decade of Broncos quarterbacking was bad, the next quarterback of the Broncos has monumental shoes to fill.)

  • Slr777

     IMO  it will take Peyton to win more than one super bowl with Broncos or maybe back to back super bowls for him to retire as a Bronco.  But than again often the second marriage is better than the first. ha ha ha

  • Anonymous

    Peyton should be enshrined as a Colt.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking about this the other day but I simply can’t imagine Manning being enshrined as a Bronco.  The only possible way would be if we wins 2-3 Super Bowls and plays another year or two past his contract.  

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I agree with those commenting above, he’d have to win more than one Super Bowl with us…

  • Cdub12344321

    Sorry to get off topic, but wth is going with all these free agents were suppose to be signing!!!!! (cough,cough) Tracy porter, Saturday,Clark,Wallace

  • Cdub12344321

    Sorry to get off topic, but wth is going with all these free agents were suppose to be signing!!!!! (cough,cough) Tracy porter, Saturday,Clark,Wallace

  • Ninjaix

    Im a life long Broncos fans and Manning is forever a Colt. 14 years to a possible 5. Only way i see it possible is if the Broncos do the unthinkable and win 3-5 SBs in a row. So I would say not going to happen and even if they win 2 I can see him being extremely grateful to have played for the Broncos while retiring his # for the Colts and not the Broncos. The only player that didnt start his career on our roster that is forever a Bronco is Champ! No disrespect to Manning but he is a Colt playing for the Broncos but dont get me wrong Im welcoming him with Open Arms!!!! Lets get some more FAs and hurry up draft Im way to wrapped up in the Broncos for it to only be March!!!!!!!! 

  • areferee

     Oh but he will, Guys!  He WILL!

  • kerrry

    Wallace isnt gonna get signed. he said publicly he wants more money then LArry Fitzgerald. and he damn sure isnt worth that kind of money.

  • kerrry

    SB win or not, does it matter who he retires with?

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I hope so…

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    Like Kerry mentioned, Broncos definitely won’t be going after Mike Wallace because he wants a deal better than Fitz’s 8-year, $120 million, per Matt Barrows. 

    According to Bill Williamson, Tracy Porter is going to visit the team today, as will Jeff Saturday.  As far as I know the Dallas Clark buzz was just speculation and as of now he doesn’t have a visit scheduled. 

    But the team did bring in a handful of players yesterday (including Caldwell, who signed). And they have been visiting with a bunch of tight ends (Dreessen, Tamme, Mulligan), I expect they’ll sign at least one tight end this weekend.

    They’ve also brought in Billy Volek and Caleb Hanie, according to ESPN.  If they don’t sign one of those two, I expect they’ll ink another QB.

    And if the team does not land Porter, they brought in William Gay for a visit on Wednesday and he is another option.

  • Tom9798

    Jon . . . what happened with McClain?  Was the price too much?

  • yogi

    what about drew stanton as a backup (more upside than hanie or volek, right)? 

    mike wallace news has me disappointed (sounds like he’s in it for the $ and therefore probably not interesting to us…but man, that would’ve been fun).

  • virginiabronco

    Have I missed anything?

  • http://Facebook.com/BroncosZone Jon

    I’m not sure but Andrew Mason (of MaxDenver.com) said he probably won’t be signed after the team re-signed Mays and Woodyard.

  • Anonymous

    I for one don’t want that killer wearing Bronco Orange in the HOF!
    http://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/msn/broncos_fans_obituary_says_he_hated_peyton_manning_and_wanted_out_before_signing_was_completed/10368520 

    What are the odds he gets convicted of manslaughter?

  • anthony33

    Win a SB of two and I don’t care if he retires and a frickin’ raider.

  • anthony33

    BTW… Mr Payton… the three most important rules you need to know about being a Bronco… to verify just call Wade Phillips and Josh McDickhead

    1) Don’t lose to the raiders
    2) Don’t lose to the raiders at home
    3) Don’t get blown out by the raiders at home

    Break those three rules and it’s outta here!!

  • anthony33

    BTW… Mr Payton… the three most important rules you need to know about being a Bronco… to verify just call Wade Phillips and Josh McDickhead

    1) Don’t lose to the raiders
    2) Don’t lose to the raiders at home
    3) Don’t get blown out by the raiders at home

    Break those three rules and it’s outta here!!

  • Tom9798

    Thanks . . . think McClain might have been better than Mays, but I guess it’s a push . . T

  • Bertcapps

    I thank that Denve did a good thing by geting Payton to the team. I all so thank that he will be able to win some good game’s for the team. Ane even a super bowl or two. So let’s go DENVER BRONCO’S. 

  • Bertcapps

    I thank that Denve did a good thing by geting Payton to the team. I all so thank that he will be able to win some good game’s for the team. Ane even a super bowl or two. So let’s go DENVER BRONCO’S.