Falcons restructure Deion Jones' contract, free up $2.8M in cap space
For the second time this year, the Falcons turned to Deion Jones‘ contract to create cap space. Atlanta completed its latest Jones restructure Thursday, per Field Yates of ESPN.com. © Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Deion Jones' contract has been restructured yet again. This latest adjustment will give the Falcons an additional $2.8M in cap space. The Falcons’ March Jones restructure generated an extra $4M in room. Atlanta entered Thursday barely $500K under the cap, slotting in above only the Rams for space.
John Elway recently stepped down as the Broncos’ general manager, though he is now serving as the franchise’s president of football operations. But the former Super Bowl-winning executive and quarterback is eyeing a higher-profile post with the team. © Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
If the Broncos are to be sold, Elway is interested in assembling an ownership group to buy the franchise, Mike Klis of 9News reports. This comes shortly after a report indicated Peyton Manning is interested in doing the same. While it is not certain the Broncos’ two Super Bowl-winning QBs wouldn’t team up, an either/or situation may be in the cards — should the team end up being sold. A sale is eventually expected.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll does not seem to be a fan of ‘Let Russ Cook’ campaign
You can understand why Carroll would be annoyed by the “Let Russ Cook” movement. It stems from fans being dissatisfied with Carroll’s coaching staff. Heck, even Wilson has gone all-in on the phrase, and he did so before a tumultuous offseason in which it looked like he might demand a trade.Wilson completed 18-of-23 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts. Keep in mind that he also got off to a hot start last year before Seattle’s offense sputtered down the stretch. Carroll may not like the phrase “Let Russ Cook,” but the Seahawks tend to see better results when they do.
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Elway’s interest runs counter to his statement shortly after Pat Bowlen‘s 2019 death, when the then-GM said he was not eyeing an ownership role with the Broncos. No longer running the team’s personnel department, Elway indeed appears interested now.
Elway, 61, has extensive business experience in Denver and, prior to returning to the Broncos in a GM role just more than 10 years ago, operated as co-owner of the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League from the franchise’s 2002 inception until 2008. Manning is believed to be interested in a role that would allow him to potentially work in personnel; Elway already held such a post for 10 years. He hired George Paton to take his place as GM in January.
Saints C Erik McCoy to miss time due to calf strain
Including Sunday’s blowout win over the Packers, Ruiz has started in all 33 of his games for the Saints. Now, he’ll be shelved for the first time in his young pro career. Reiter, a Washington seventh-round pick in 2016, could offer some interim support. He spent the last couple of seasons as Patrick Mahomes‘ snapper, but Kansas City let him hit the open market. Reiter met with multiple teams, including the Bengals, Giants and Texans, but went unsigned all offseason.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports.
The Broncos’ former GM has begun preparations for a run as a minority investor, Klis notes, adding no sale will occur before the 2021 season ends. The Pat Bowlen Trust is currently running the Broncos, but squabbles between the siblings have led to a sale entering into the equation. The NFL’s preference has been for Brittany Bowlen, Pat’s youngest daughter, to run the team. That reality may be on the verge of being scuttled, opening the door to what could be a fascinating pursuit pitting Elway and Manning — both current Denver residents — against one another. Forbes recently valued the Broncos at $3.75 billion. This will certainly force the retired QBs to link up with deeper-pocketed buyers. Hurdles remain, of course, as a sale is not certain.
Additionally, the trial to determine whether the estate of Edgar Kaiser, the team’s owner before selling to Pat Bowlen in 1984, has the right of first refusal regarding a sale began Wednesday, Klis adds. An attorney representing the Broncos argued the parties’ agreement should be off since both Kasier and Bowlen died — Kaiser in 2012, Bowlen in 2019. Kaiser lost two previous attempts to execute his right of first refusal.
Patriots reportedly have 'never been close' to trading Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore is in the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract and will become a free agent if he cannot reach a deal with the Patriots. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said during an appearance on WEEI's "Gresh & Keefe" last week that, while it's possible, he doesn't believe Gilmore will be traded this season. "I'd say it's possible, there's just not a big window to do it," Rapoport said. "Like, if you look at just the calendar, he'll be back (two weeks) before the trade deadline. So, theoretically, somebody would have to say, 'I trust enough in what I've seen in one game or two games to trade for him.
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Peyton Manning: Career retrospective
Before he was in seemingly every other commercial during an NFL game, Peyton Manning was putting together a Hall of Fame career. Manning is considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, and he has the stats, and rings, to prove it. Peyton comes from a football family, but he has had his own journey. Here is the story of Peyton Manning’s career, from his famed father to his post-playing career.
High school success
The son of NFL quarterback Archie Manning, Peyton had football in his blood. While Peyton’s older brother Cooper had to quit football in high school due to spinal stenosis, Peyton would wear his number 18 in his honor at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. Manning started for three years at Newman, and was such a highly-sought recruit that reportedly 60 schools expressed interest in him.
Peyton shirks Ole Miss for Tennessee
Many thought that Manning would go to Ole Miss, which is where his father Archie played. It’s also where Peyton’s younger brother Eli would go to college. However, Peyton instead decided to become a Tennessee Volunteer. College football fans being what they are, there are a lot of Ole Miss fans who were upset by this decision.
Manning becomes a starter as a freshman
When Manning was a freshman, he started the season as the third-string quarterback despite the recruiting battle. In the season opener, starter Jerry Colquitt suffered a season-ending injury, getting Manning his first college action. In the end, though, Todd Helton – yes the future baseball star – became the new starter. Then, in the fourth game of the season Helton got hurt and Peyton stepped in as the starter. He would remain the starter for the rest of his college career.
Manning returns for one more season, falls short in the Heisman race
While people were saying that Peyton would be the top pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, he decided to return to college to try and win a title and a Heisman. The Volunteers made it to the SEC Championship Game and beat Auburn in the game. The problem? Tennessee had lost to Florida once again, so the team was only ranked third headed into bowl season. The Volunteers played the second-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl, and a win could have got them a title. Instead, they lost. And on top of that, Manning ended up finishing second in the Heisman voting to Charles Woodson.
Peyton picked first overall
Famously, there was a debate about the top pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Would the Indianapolis Colts take Manning, or would they take Ryan Leaf from Washington State? In the end, the Colts took Manning, and Leaf went second to the Chargers. Leaf is now remembered as one of the biggest busts of all time.
A record-setting, uneven rookie season
The Colts put a lot of Peyton’s plate as a rookie, and while he was largely up to the task there were ups and downs. Perhaps it’s best exemplified by two stats. He set a new record for touchdown passes for a rookie quarterback with 26, but he also set the rookie records for interceptions with 28.
Manning takes the leap in season two
The 1999 season was a completely different situation for Manning and the Colts. The team improved by a whopping 10 games, going from 3-13 to 13-3 in the blink of an eye. Manning himself led the team on seven game-winning drives. Peyton made his first Pro Bowl, but the Colts lost to the Titans in the playoffs after a first-round bye.
Peyton wins his first MVP
After a few solid seasons and Pro Bowl appearances, Manning finally took home his first MVP in 2003. Peyton completed more passes than any quarterback and finished with 4,267 yards and 29 touchdowns. Manning actually ended up sharing the MVP with Steve McNair, but he still took home the hardware.
Manning breaks the touchdown record, wins second MVP
Peyton would rebound quite nicely from that tough playoff loss. Manning had some incredible games, including throwing six touchdowns against the Lions on Thanksgiving, en route to finishing with a record 49 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Peyton won the MVP with 49 of the 50 votes. Then, in the playoffs, once again the Colts lost to the Patriots.
The Colts finally win the Super Bowl
Peyton began the 2006 season facing his brother Eli and the Giants, the first-ever game with two brothers as starting quarterbacks. It ended with Manning hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time. Though the Colts were behind 21-3 to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Manning led a comeback to get to the Super Bowl where Indy handled the Chicago Bears.
Peyton gets his third MVP
In 2008, Manning led the Colts to at least 12 wins for the sixth-straight season, and threw for over 4,000 yards for the ninth time. That helped him win his third MVP, tying Brett Favre for the most ever. The playoff run was brief that year, as the Colts lost to the Chargers in overtime in the first round. Tony Dungy retired, and an era ended in Indianapolis.
Manning wins yet another MVP, and makes another trip to the Super Bowl
Fortunately for the Colts, Manning proved more important to their success than Dungy. The Colts started the season by winning 14-straight games before dropping the final two with starters resting. Peyton completed 68.8 percent of his passes, highest in his career, en route to a record-breaking fourth MVP. Indianapolis went back to the Super Bowl, but took the loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Injuries and the end in Indianapolis
Manning signed a new contract with the Colts prior to the 2011 season, but he would never take the field for the team again. Peyton had neck surgery that offseason and afterward he could not complete his throwing motion. It turned out that Manning needed spinal fusion surgery and may never play again. Manning was declared out for the season and released by the Colts in March of 2012, paving the way for Andrew Luck.
The best season ever for a quarterback?
It turned out Manning could still play quarterback just fine. In 2012 he threw for 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. However, 2013 was the truly magical year in Denver. Peyton threw for a staggering 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, both NFL records. He won his fifth MVP and took the Broncos to the Super Bowl. Denver got obliterated by the Seattle Seahawks, but from an individual perspective this was an incredible campaign.
Peyton’s final season ends with a Super Bowl
By 2015 Manning was not the quarterback he used to be. His arm had been diminished and he could no longer carry the team. Instead, the Broncos were a team built on defense. Manning was only able to play in 10 regular season games, and he threw nine touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. Peyton was the quarterback in the playoffs, though, and he was merely managing the game. In the Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers, Manning threw for only 176 yards, but two touchdowns and no picks. The Broncos got the Super Bowl win.
After 18 seasons, many surgeries, and becoming the first quarterback to lead two different franchises to a Super Bowl victory as a starter, Manning saw the writing on the wall. Peyton retired after that Super Bowl victory with Denver, finishing with 14 Pro Bowl appearances and seven spots on the All-Pro First Team.
Peyton the pitchman
Manning may be retired, but you still see him all the time. In fact, it was not uncommon to see Peyton off the football field even when he was playing. Manning has been a pitchman for many companies, appearing in commercials left and right. There has also been a lot of talk of Peyton eventually becoming a broadcaster, but so far he seems happy shilling insurance and pizza.
Jets QB Zach Wilson to be smarter with football after four-interception loss .
After a dreadful four-interception game, Zach Wilson is vowing to play smarter going forward.Per Rich Cimini of ESPN, Jets coach Robert Saleh said after that defeat that Wilson must learn that "sometimes it's OK to be boring," and the first-year pro seemed to understand Saleh's message when speaking with reporters Thursday.