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Brock Osweiler Could Be Gone Before Peyton Manning



With three years left on his contract, Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning, is playing the best football of his career.

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When the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning in 2012, he signed a five-year, $96M deal. He has played out two years of it so far.

In that two-year span, Manning has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice, the All-Pro team twice, won the AFC West twice, NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2012), and NFL Most Valuable Player (2013). Oh, and he also reached his 3rd Super Bowl.

Throwing 92 TDs and passing for 10,136 yards in two short years, will gain one some notoriety. But this is ridiculous.

When John Elway closed the deal that brought Manning to Denver, the football world was dubious that the 36-year-old Manning could rebound from the neck injury that required four surgeries.

People figured that even if he could stay on the field and not re-aggravate his neck injury, at that age, he had maybe two years left in the tank.

Those people were wrong. It's no secret that Manning is arguably playing the best football of his career. And he has the best supporting cast he's ever had.

Yes, I'm saying that Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas are a better trio than Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Don't get too worked up over it.

Manning's offensive line is better in Denver than he ever had in Indianapolis too. He has two 1st team All-Pros protecting him in Ryan Clady (LT) and Louis Vasquez (RG).

Will Manning play out his contract? Probably. Brock Osweiler was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft. He has two years of NFL experience under his belt. He only has two years left on his rookie deal.

If he's the Broncos' future franchise quarterback, it's possible that the team might never know. Surely, when his deal runs out, he'll look for a starting job. He'll be 25 years old by that time. Manning will still have one year left on his deal.

Barring injury, Peyton Manning will play out his contract with the Denver Broncos. The fact that he's being protected like he's never been before, having an arsenal of weapons to throw to, and owning he AFC West? Those are a lot of reasons to keep lacing 'em up. He also has 96 million other reasons to keep pluggin' away.

Let's not forget that Manning absolutely loves what he does. He's not burnt out. He's not jaded. If he had gone to a team with less talent and had a harder time winning, it might be different. But the Broncos are stacked with talent.

Each draft and free agency class only contributes more to the team's embarrassment of riches. The Broncos were one win away from the top of the mountain. That's a tantalizing lure. Manning is chasing that ring with a laser-sharp focus.

Broncos Country, forget about Brock Osweiler being the quarterback of the future. It's Peyton Manning. At least of the near future. That's a damn good thing.

Chad Jensen is Lead Broncos Team Journalist. Follow him on Twitter @CJ_BroncosPFS.

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Erick Trickel
Apr 10 2014 10:58 PM

Very good! 

 

I am of the thinking that, since Manning has 3 years left and Brock two that Denver should trade Brock when they have a chance and get something in return. When he hits free agency I have no doubt he will leave for a starting job opportunity as well as what might end up being more money than the Broncos are willing to offer. 

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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 12:00 AM

Very good!

I am of the thinking that, since Manning has 3 years left and Brock two that Denver should trade Brock when they have a chance and get something in return. When he hits free agency I have no doubt he will leave for a starting job opportunity as well as what might end up being more money than the Broncos are willing to offer.


Don't be shocked if something happens with Oz on draft day

Staying with Manning after this season,especially when they don't even get to SB,would be devastating.

 

When Manning fails to get to the AFCC final....cue the music and say good-bye.

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Erick Trickel
Apr 11 2014 02:35 AM

Don't be shocked if something happens with Oz on draft day

 

So I heard the Texans were really interested in Osweiler as were the Browns Jags and I believe the Titans. Have to think Elway would accept nothing less than a 2nd round pick unless it was a 3rd and other picks involved. 

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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 02:47 AM

Staying with Manning after this season,especially when they don't even get to SB,would be devastating.

When Manning fails to get to the AFCC final....cue the music and say good-bye.


If you think Manning would end his career with a whimper, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. Following that logic, he'd have retired after the Super Bowl beatdown
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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 02:48 AM

So I heard the Texans were really interested in Osweiler as were the Browns Jags and I believe the Titans. Have to think Elway would accept nothing less than a 2nd round pick unless it was a 3rd and other picks involved.


Interest is there. Hopefully Elway sees it and pulls the trigger.
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Erick Trickel
Apr 11 2014 02:56 AM

Interest is there. Hopefully Elway sees it and pulls the trigger.

 

If the price is right. I also heard of interest in Dysert. Not sure how accurate it is as I heard it through the grape vine. If so that wouldnt bother me if we traded him this or next year either. I am not a big fan of his. 

 

Someone was saying Denver is really interested in a mid-late QB so who knows. Maybe they have something for Brock all planned out. 

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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 03:17 AM

If the price is right. I also heard of interest in Dysert. Not sure how accurate it is as I heard it through the grape vine. If so that wouldnt bother me if we traded him this or next year either. I am not a big fan of his.

Someone was saying Denver is really interested in a mid-late QB so who knows. Maybe they have something for Brock all planned out.


It'll be interesting to see what happens
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Erick Trickel
Apr 11 2014 03:26 AM

It'll be interesting to see what happens

 

With Elway at the helm everything is interesting lol 

If you think Manning would end his career with a whimper, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. Following that logic, he'd have retired after the Super Bowl beatdown

No doubt Manning will continue to try and I'm not  calling him a quitter...but when this season doesn't come close to last year....moving on from age would be wise for the Broncos.

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Tim Simpson
Apr 11 2014 04:20 AM

No doubt Manning will continue to try and I'm not  calling him a quitter...but when this season doesn't come close to last year....moving on from age would be wise for the Broncos.

 

Why does it matter how old Peyton is? If he keeps putting up the seasons like this, why would they move on? If he gets them to another SB and they lose, chances are they are not going to let him go especially if he is playing as well as he has the past two years. 43-8. There isn't a lot of offense in that score, but nor is there defense.

 

This team they are building are talented, well-coached, and probably most importantly pissed. You can expect at the very least for them to be in that AFC championship game. Chances are against New England <----Blah.

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Lucas Polglaze
Apr 11 2014 05:06 AM

If you think Manning would end his career with a whimper, I'm sorry, but you're wrong. Following that logic, he'd have retired after the Super Bowl beatdown


Or the Ravens game.
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^agreed. Few elite NFL members know the sting of losing better than Manning, but he still persists, still prepares.

He's not a diva like Brady, not a pouter like Cutler, and not a cocky asshole like his successor in Indy, who shall remain nameless. That alone will keep him in the game, and set him apart from his peers.
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Mooncamping
Apr 11 2014 07:57 AM
I like Osweiler a lot, considering he's like a 7 foot QB, half the people missed out on, being in the NFL. Problem is. A guy like him or David Carr. Or Ryan Mallett. My evaluation is such, that I don't want to see them challenged by a Rookie in Camp. And we were going to draft QB! I'm not with those, that will recycle some true talent out of the NFL, at a price. So. Osweiler, Carr, Mallett...Class 1. Incumbent. No serious challenge by a Rookie in camp. And Class 2. For various reasons, QB's who's value, but not necessarily potential has gone down. Can't escape a QB Competition in camp. Like Jimmy Clausen, Brady Quinn, Rusty Smith...
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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 02:02 PM
Osweiler, in limited opportunities, looks skittish. I haven't seen him do one thing where I went "holy shit". 
 
Jay Cutler, for example. In limited opportunities, he did this: Thats raw talent. Don't know that Oz has it.


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James Reagan
Apr 11 2014 07:42 PM

I think based on what's going on with Manning, Osweiler would be wise to look elsewhere. This situation with Manning is kinda unprecedented I feel like and it's going to be interesting to see how he goes out. Will he be like Kurt Warner who went out with three consecutive seasons as a top quarterback in Arizona? Or will he be more like Brett Favre who had that horrible 2010 season where it was clear he stuck around too long? I think it'll be the former just cause I can't imagine Peyton accepting any mediocrity. There's no way he'll be as bad as his little brother was last year.

 

Osweiler is young though and all I really know about him is that he's really tall. If he's patient, he could maybe inherit a stacked a Denver offense and get the chance to steer a seamless transition from an all-time great. Really, I think most QB's would be great in this system. I mean, freaking Tebow got you guys to the playoffs. But if Osweiler goes, he could start sooner for a losing team like Jacksonville or Cleveland. I don't know what he thinks is better, winning or making money. By and large though, I agree with Chad that Manning is playing lights out and as crazy it sounds, he's Denver's QB of the near future. I'm just hopeful that he'll go out on top and that it won't be cause of a fluke injury or a serious decline in his ability to play. It's way more fun to beat Manning when he's playing at a ridiculously high level.

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Chad Jensen
Apr 12 2014 01:59 AM

I think based on what's going on with Manning, Osweiler would be wise to look elsewhere. This situation with Manning is kinda unprecedented I feel like and it's going to be interesting to see how he goes out. Will he be like Kurt Warner who went out with three consecutive seasons as a top quarterback in Arizona? Or will he be more like Brett Favre who had that horrible 2010 season where it was clear he stuck around too long? I think it'll be the former just cause I can't imagine Peyton accepting any mediocrity. There's no way he'll be as bad as his little brother was last year.

Osweiler is young though and all I really know about him is that he's really tall. If he's patient, he could maybe inherit a stacked a Denver offense and get the chance to steer a seamless transition from an all-time great. Really, I think most QB's would be great in this system. I mean, freaking Tebow got you guys to the playoffs. But if Osweiler goes, he could start sooner for a losing team like Jacksonville or Cleveland. I don't know what he thinks is better, winning or making money. By and large though, I agree with Chad that Manning is playing lights out and as crazy it sounds, he's Denver's QB of the near future. I'm just hopeful that he'll go out on top and that it won't be cause of a fluke injury or a serious decline in his ability to play. It's way more fun to beat Manning when he's playing at a ridiculously high level.


And he's showing no signs of slowing down
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Erick Trickel
Apr 12 2014 05:04 AM

And he's showing no signs of slowing down

 

All the more reason to trade Brock and/or Dysert. 

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Mooncamping
Apr 12 2014 08:05 AM

Osweiler, in limited opportunities, looks skittish. I haven't seen him do one thing where I went "holy shit".

Jay Cutler, for example. In limited opportunities, he did this: Thats raw talent. Don't know that Oz has it.


On the contrary. I felt, put on the edge of my seat, a lot. He's riding the cusp of what will happen real well. The only thing is, that with that height, you won't see him scrambling, to offer a dual threat. But as a Pocket QB, you really get a sense that he has no need to hurry, as you feel he could connect with every target, through all progressions. You may laugh, but I'm thinking Dan Marino, a little, with the all access feeling. Tom Brady too, but he's more precision, than lay it up there.
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Khalid Alshami
Apr 12 2014 08:22 AM

The question at hand is not whether Manning should keep playing if healthy it is if the team will keep him past this season. In my mind it truly is SuperBowl or bust this season and if we do not win then the team NEEDS to move on from Manning,take care of all their star free agents and see what we have in Osweiler (assuming he is not traded)

 

If we do not win a SuperBowl this season with the FAs the team has brought in then they are not going to with Manning at the helm

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Mooncamping
Apr 12 2014 01:46 PM
You're going to make the same mistake the Bengals did last year. Assume you're one building block away from victory, or bust. You're your own enemy, unless you can put it on Manning. I sense you don't think Osweiler can compare as a scapegoat .
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Chad Jensen
Apr 12 2014 04:33 PM

On the contrary. I felt, put on the edge of my seat, a lot. He's riding the cusp of what will happen real well. The only thing is, that with that height, you won't see him scrambling, to offer a dual threat. But as a Pocket QB, you really get a sense that he has no need to hurry, as you feel he could connect with every target, through all progressions. You may laugh, but I'm thinking Dan Marino, a little, with the all access feeling. Tom Brady too, but he's more precision, than lay it up there.


Holds onto the ball too long. And he's too quick to tuck and run. Scrambles alot for his height
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Chad Jensen
Apr 12 2014 04:38 PM

The question at hand is not whether Manning should keep playing if healthy it is if the team will keep him past this season. In my mind it truly is SuperBowl or bust this season and if we do not win then the team NEEDS to move on from Manning,take care of all their star free agents and see what we have in Osweiler (assuming he is not traded)

If we do not win a SuperBowl this season with the FAs the team has brought in then they are not going to with Manning at the helm


I'm sorry, but that's just not gonna happen. As long as PFM is healthy and wants to play, he'll be the starting QB for the Broncos. Thanks for posting though! Comments are always encouraged!
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Chad Jensen
Apr 12 2014 04:41 PM

You're going to make the same mistake the Bengals did last year. Assume you're one building block away from victory, or bust. You're your own enemy, unless you can put it on Manning. I sense you don't think Osweiler can compare as a scapegoat .


Nah. You know, as well as I, that there are two teams who will vie for the AFC crown in 14: Broncos and Patriots.

I don't dislike Oz. I just haven't been impressed, at all, with what I've seen from him in his limited opportunities.
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Khalid Alshami
Apr 12 2014 06:00 PM

I'm sorry, but that's just not gonna happen. As long as PFM is healthy and wants to play, he'll be the starting QB for the Broncos. Thanks for posting though! Comments are always encouraged!

I agree, I don't see it happening either, but do any of us really see the Broncos winning the SB if it doesn't happen this year? I know the team will stick with him but I do think that would be a mistake

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