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Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Report: QB Peyton Manning Nearing a Pay Cut with Broncos

Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are closing in on an agreement which will see the 14-time Pro Bowler take a $4 million pay cut for the 2015 season, according to ESPN.  The deal will allow the Broncos more flexibility when the free agency market opens on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Manning will earn a base salary of $15 million in 2015, which is down from the $19 million he was set to earn.

In 16 games last season under center for Denver, he passed for 4,792 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He holds the NFL record for most career passing touchdowns, with 530.

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Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Report: Broncos Will Franchise Tag Demaryius Thomas

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos will not allow their leading receiver of the past three seasons to see the light of free agency.

The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, according to the Denver Post. Furthermore, the team will use the "nonexclusive" tag, which means Thomas is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos can match any offer or the signing team must compensate Denver with two first-round picks.

Under the franchise tag, Thomas is expected to be paid $12.797 million. Thomas had been receiving an average of $2.8 million per year under his rookie contract.

Thomas, 27, has caught at least 92 passes each of the last three seasons while totaling at least 1,400 yards through the air. He has also posted double-digit touchdowns in all three years. Last season, he set the Bronco's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving.

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Report: Broncos and Manning Restructuring Contract

Report: Broncos and Manning Restructuring ContractJustin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos and Peyton Manning are working on restructuring his contract. Manning is scheduled to make $19 million this upcoming season, however the contact reconstructio...

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Report: Peyton Manning Tells Broncos He’s Prepared To Play In 2015

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Peyton Manning tells the Broncos he is ready to return to the team next season.

According to ESPN NFL Insider, Chris Mortensen, Manning is close to being ready to announce his return.

“I would be surprised if we don’t have some type of word next week some time,” Mortensen said. “That’s when I would expect that we would have word, officially, that Peyton is going to play football.”

Mortensen also said, “Manning has got his heart, his mind, his spirit and his body ready to play in 2015.”

If Manning passes a physical, it seems like he's likely to be the Broncos' quarterback next season.

 

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Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

Report: Wes Welker Considering Retirement

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(DENVER, Co.) -- After twelve years of professional football, Wes Welker is considering walking away from the game.

The Denver Broncos wide receiver is undecided about his future after a season in which he suffered his latest concussion and saw a significant decline in his on-field production, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.

Welker was suspended two games after a positive drug test revealed amphetamines in his system. 

In the preseason, Welker suffered his third known concussion and his role was reduced after free agent signee Emmanuel Sanders flourished with the Broncos. 

Last season Welker caught 49 passes for 465 yards and two touchdowns across 14 games. Through his career with the Dolphins, Patriots and Broncos, Welker has totaled 890 catches for 9,922 yards and 50 touchdowns.

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Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not.

Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season.

"I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person.

"I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders."

This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns.

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Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

Adam Gase Takes Over as Bears’ Offensive Coordinator

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gase will take the job as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator, the team announced Wednesday.ESPN reports Gase signed a three-year contract.The 36-year-old Gase is reunited with Bears head coach John Fox, with whom he spent the past four seasons in Denver -- the last two as Fox's offensive coordinator.Over the past two regular seasons, Gase commandeered a Broncos offense that led the NFL in scoring offense (34 points per game) and total offense (430.1 yards per game). He was also in charge when the Broncos set an NFL record by scoring 606 points in 2013.Gase now takes over a Bears offense that, despite having weapons such as Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte, ranked 23rd in scoring offense last season.

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Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Source: Broncos to Hire Gary Kubiak as Head Coach

Bob Levey/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos have found their replacement for John Fox.

Gary Kubiak, former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator and Houston Texans head coach, has agreed to a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rappaport.

The team is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference Tuesday. The Denver Post first reported the story.

Kubiak, 53, was the backup quarterback to team president John Elway from 1983 to 1991 with the Broncos. The two have a close relationship, and Elway expects Kubiak to implement a similar offensive style that relies on a strong zone running game, which helped the Broncos win their two Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. 

While head coach of the Houston Texans, Kubiak amassed a record of 61-64, but led the team to their first two playoff victories and two seasons of 10-plus wins. 

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Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Report: Raiders Close to Hiring Jack Del Rio

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Raiders are closing in on Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as their next head coach, reports ESPN.

Del Rio interviewed for the job on Tuesday night with owner Mark Davis, general manager Reggie McKenzie, and former Raiders coach John Madden, ESPN also reports.

Del Rio was the head coach at Jacksonville from 2003 to 2011 and guided the Jaguars to two postseason appearances during that time.

Tony Sparano, their current interim head coach, is also a finalist for the job.  Sparano took over the team after they fired Dennis Allen earlier this year.

The Raiders have failed to make the playoffs since their Super Bowl appearance in the 2002 season.

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Elway Explains Why Fox Is Out as Broncos Head Coach

Elway Explains Why Fox Is Out as Broncos Head Coach

Football Texture/iStockphoto(DENVER) -- Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway said on Tuesday that the decision to mutually part ways with head coach John Fox was the result of the team not ending the season “kicking and screaming.”

Fox left the organization on Monday, a day after the Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-13.

“The main thing between John and I is we disagreed how to get to the next level,” Elway said. “Because we accomplished so much, four AFC West championships, but I think the biggest miss between us was how we are going to take that next step and what it was going to take to get to that next step.”

In four seasons roaming the sidelines for the Broncos, Fox went 46-18 (.719) in the regular season and 3-4 (.429) in the postseason. He led Denver to four consecutive AFC West division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Broncos & Head Coach John Fox Mutually Agree to Part Ways

Broncos & Head Coach John Fox Mutually Agree to Part Ways

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- The Denver Broncos and head coach John Fox have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced on Monday.

“John Fox and I met for more than an hour on Monday afternoon to discuss the 2014 season and our goals for the future,” said Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway. “During our open and candid conversation, it became clear that it was best for both the Denver Broncos and coach Fox to move on and make this change.”

In four seasons roaming the sidelines for the Broncos, Fox went 46-18 (.719) in the regular season and 3-4 (.429) in the postseason. He led Denver to four consecutive AFC West division titles and an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII.

“It was an honor to coach the Denver Broncos, a first-class franchise with great fans and a winning tradition,” Fox said in a statement. “I am thankful to John, Mr. Bowlen and Joe Ellis for allowing me and my family to be part of this team and community.”

Fox departs a day after the Broncos were eliminated from the postseason by the Indianapolis Colts, 24-13.

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Manning Retirement Questions Begin

Manning Retirement Questions BeginJustin Edmonds/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- After another disappointing playoff performance, the retirement question for Peyton Manning has become more intense. The Denver Broncos fell 24-13 at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Manning had an...

Andrew Luck: Broncos Present ‘a lot of Challenges’

Andrew Luck: Broncos Present ‘a lot of Challenges’

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis Colts' trip to the AFC Championship game will have to go through Denver on Sunday in the divisional round.

It's the third showdown between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and former Colt, now Bronco, Peyton Manning.

Luck said this week that the game isn't about their matchup, but rather him facing their defense.

In speaking about the defense he'll be facing, Luck said there's "a lot of challenges, [it's] hard to say the biggest one. I think obviously [Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware] stand out and their d-line is very good."

"I think our offensive line is up for that challenge," Luck continued. "[There's a] bunch of good players all over the field."

Manning and the Broncos lost to Luck in their first game 39-33 last season and bounced back this year with a 31-24 win on Sept. 7.

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Broncos Roll Past Raiders, Clinch 2 Seed in AFC

Broncos Roll Past Raiders, Clinch 2 Seed in AFC

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DENVER) -- C.J. Anderson ran for three touchdowns to help the Denver Broncos earn a first-round bye in the AFC Playoffs by knocking off the Oakland Raiders 47-14 Sunday.For the second time in four weeks Peyton Manning did not throw a touchdown pass, but it didn't stop the Broncos from clinching the AFC's No. 2 seed.The Broncos (12-4) were rolling from the beginning, scoring on their first two drives of the game and leading at halftime 20-7.The Broncos offense put up 451 total yards while holding the Raiders to 199 yards.Peyton Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards before being taken out of the game for backup Brock Osweiler.Osweiler threw the first touchdown pass of his three-year career when he found Virgil Green for a one-yard score.Connor Barth kicked four field goals in the win.Derrick Carr completed 18 of 36 passes for 158 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Raiders (3-13) in the loss.

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Bengals Take Down Broncos, 37-28

Bengals Take Down Broncos, 37-28

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati Bengals heard all week about their struggles in primetime games in recent years, but they atoned themselves after defeating the Denver Broncos 37-28 on Monday Night Football.

Rookie running back Jeremy Hill dominated for the Bengals once again. He ran for 147 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, putting him over the 1,000 yard mark on the season. He's the 3rd rookie in NFL history with four games of at least 140 yards rushing.

With the win, the Bengals clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season, a franchise record.

"I know a lot of guys are never fortunate enough to make the playoffs," said Hill. "In college, I wanted to play for a national championship but never got the chance."

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning struggled on Monday night. While he did throw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, he threw a season-high four interceptions, including a pick-six to cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with under three minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

With the loss, the New England Patriots clinched the top record in the AFC.

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Manning Throws Four Picks As Bengals Win Monday Night Clash

Manning Throws Four Picks As Bengals Win Monday Night Clash

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Cincinnati Bengals locked up a playoff spot for the fourth straight season with a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos Monday night.

With four interceptions off Peyton Manning, including a back-breaking pick-six by Cincinnati cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the Bengals (10-4-1) defense also set up an opportunity to win the AFC North title next week when the team will trade blows with the Pittsburg Steelers.

Manning was clearly rattled during the game, as the normally mechanical quarterback looked uncomfortable in the pocket and did not set his feet on his throws. 

"Find a way to learn from this and correct the mistakes," Manning said, clearly bothered by his performance. "Find a way to get better next week and try to get a win against a division team."

The Bengals offense would have seemingly suffered a major setback when superstar wide out, A.J. Green, took a blow to the arm after an Andy Dalton interception and was ineffective the rest of the game. That was not the case as rookie running back Jeremy Hill pounded the rock 22 times for 147 yards, highlighted by an 85 yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Dalton utilized his other weapons, as he connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham for a score in the second and later found running back Giovani Bernard for a 22-yard touchdown in the third quarter that would give the Bengals a 27-14 lead.

The loss for the Broncos (11-4) enabled the Patriots to lock up the top spot in the AFC and guaranteed New England home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  Denver faces Oakland in the regular season finale with the opportunity to lock up the No. 2 seed.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 12/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA:  Houston Rockets 110 (20-7) – Portland Trail Blazers 95 (22-7)

Charlotte Hornets 110 (9-19) – Denver Nuggets 82 (12-16)

Chicago Bulls 129 (18-9) – Toronto Raptors 120 (22-7)

Utah Jazz 97 (9-20) – Memphis Grizzlies 91 (21-7)

Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: Temple 77 (8-4) – (10) Kansas 52 (9-2)

(16) Notre Dame 91 (12-1) – Northern Illinois 66 (4-5)

(17) St. John’s 66 (10-1) – Long Beach State 49 (5-8)

(18) West Virginia 77 (11-1) – Wofford 44 (9-3)

(19) Oklahoma 85 (8-3) – Weber State 51 (4-6)

(21) Ohio State 93 (10-2) – Miami OH 55 (3-8)

(22) Baylor 70 (10-1) – Southern 66 (3-10)

(24) Colorado State 75 (12-0) – Charleston Southern 54 (5-5)

(25) TCU 80 (12-0) – Grambling State 39 (2-8)

NHL: Washington Capitals 2 (17-10-6; 40pts) – Ottawa Senators 1 (14-14-5; 34pts)

Nashville Predators 5 (22-8-2; 46pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (14-16-3; 31pts)

Florida Panthers 4 (15-9-8; 38pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (22-6-5; 49pts)

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Broncos Reward Cornerback Chris Harris with Contract Extension

Broncos Reward Cornerback Chris Harris with Contract Extension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Denver Broncos have playmakers all over their defense, and they're doing their best to keep the group together as they agreed on a new contract with cornerback Chris Harris.

The team announced they agreed on a five-year extension with Harris that will keep him in Denver through the 2019 season.

“Chris is a young, ascending player who has consistently performed at a high level during his first four years in the NFL,” Broncos general manager John Elway said. “He joined the Broncos as a college free agent and has worked tirelessly to become one of the league’s best at his position.

“It’s a priority for us to develop and reward our own players as we continue assembling the best possible team. Whether it’s on the field or in the community, we are proud to have Chris representing the Broncos for many years to come.”

Harris has been a productive player since day one for the team. He has 44 tackles this season and has nine interceptions dating back to 2012.

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ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/7/14

ABC Scoreboard Roundup 12/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Baltimore Ravens 28 (8-5) - Miami Dolphins 13 (7-6)

Carolina Panthers 41 (4-8) - New Orleans Saints 10 (5-8)

Houston Texans 27 (7-6) - Jacksonville Jaguars 13 (2-11)

Indianapolis Colts (9-4) - Cleveland Browns 24 (7-6)

New York Giants 36 (4-9) - Tennessee Titans 7 (2-11)

Minnesota Vikings 30 (6-7) - New York Jets 24 - (2-11) Overtime

Pittsburgh Steelers 42 (8-5) - Cincinnati Bengals 21 (8-4)

St. Louis Rams 24 (6-7) - Washington Redskins 0 (3-10)

Detroit Lions 34 (9-4) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (2-11)

Denver Broncos 24 (10-3) - Buffalo Bills 17 (7-6)

Arizona Cardinals 17 (10-3) - Kansas City Chiefs 14 (7-6)

Oakland Raiders 24 (2-11) - San Francisco 49ers 13 (7-6)

Seattle Seahawks 24 (9-4) - Philadelphia Eagles 14 (9-4)

New England Patriots 23 (10-3) - San Diego Chargers 14 (8-5)

NBA: Boston Celtics 101 (7-11) - Washington Wizards 93 (13-6)

Atlanta Hawks 96 (13-6) - Denver Nuggets 84 (9-11)

Memphis Grizzlies 103 (16-4) - Miami Heat 87 (9-11)

Oklahoma City Thunder 96 (7-13) - Detroit Pistons 94 (3-18)

Dallas Mavericks 125 (16-6) - Milwaukee Bucks 102 (11-11)

Portland Trail Blazers 103 (16-4) - New York Knicks 99 (4-18)

New Orleans Pelicans 104 (9-10) - Los Angeles Lakers 87 (4-16)

NHL: Anaheim Ducks 4 (18-6-5, 41pts) - Winnipeg Jets 3 (14-9-5, 33pts) - Overtime

Detroit Red Wings 3 (17-6-5, 39pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (8-15-3, 19pts)

Ottawa Senators 4 (11-11-5, 27pts) - Vancouver Canucks 3 (18-8-2, 38pts) - Overtime

Edmonton Oilers 2 (7-15-5, 19pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (14-11-4, 32 pts)

NCAA Men's Basketball Top-25: (1) Kentucky 82 (9-0) - Eastern Kentucky 49 (4-3)

(12) North Carolina 108 (6-2) - East Carolina 64 (4-5)

Washington 49 (7-0) - (13) San Diego State 36 (6-2)

(16) West Virginia 67 (8-1) - Northern Kentucky 42 (3-5)

Clemson 68 (5-3) - (18) Arkansas 65 (6-2)

MLS Cup Final: Los Angeles Galaxy 2 - New England Revolution 1

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Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace Him

Broncos Release Kicker Brandon McManus, Sign Connor Barth to Replace HimNational Football League(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- Frustrated by the lack of consistency in their kicking game, the Denver Broncos have cut kicker Brandon McManus and replaced him with Connor Barth. The Broncos had worked out kickers Jay Feely and Barth thi...
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