Instant Analysis: Peyton Manning headed to the Denver Broncos

Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors analyze the Denver Broncos' reported acquisition of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.

Jeff Zrebiec (Ravens/NFL reporter):


The Denver Broncos got Peyton Manning's first visit and they seemed to be the most logical landing spot for the quarterback all along. They have a young group of wide receivers, a strong defense and one of the better quarterbacks in NFL history as a top executive. Is there any doubt that the Broncos' visit to Baltimore will be a prime-time game?

Matt Vensel (Ravens/NFL reporter):

With Peyton Manning under center, the Broncos will join the Ravens, Patriots, Steelers and Texans as legit contenders for the AFC throne. But more importantly, the Manning Watch is finally over. Wait, what? The Broncos want to trade Tim Tebow now? Oh great. Who's ready for the Tebow Watch?

Mike Preston (Ravens/NFL columnist):

Bad move for Manning, but at least he is playing football again. He should have gone to either Tennessee or San Francisco. The weather is better in San Francisco and Nashville, and both teams have good, young offensive lines. There will be a lot of snow in Denver during the winter months. Manning won't have the protection of playing indoors like he did in Indianapolis.

Kevin Cowherd (Sports columnist):

It’s a good fit for Manning and Broncos head John Elway has to be thrilled – insiders saying he’s been looking for a way to jettison Tim Tebow for a while. Elway loves Manning – look for him and John Fox to hand over the keys to the offense to Manning right away.

Peter Schmuck (Sports columnist):

Can't say I'm surprised. Manning probably realized when he worked out for them that the ball travels 10 percent farther in the Mile High City, which will take some pressure off his sore neck.

Ron Fritz (Sports editor):

So Peyton Manning gets to ride off into the sunset in Denver, maybe with a few more rings? If he can’t retire in Indianapolis, it seems like a good fit for the certain Hall-of-Famer. Already possessing a crushing defense and a clutch kicker, Manning makes the Broncos legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

Chris Korman (Ravens/NFL editor):

For whatever reason, Denver seemed, to me, like the most improbable place for Peyton Manning to end up. His ties to Nashville are obvious, and the 49ers seem to be a team on the cusp of greatness. It will be interesting to see what Manning has to say about why he opted to join John Elway — athletes are often shy about being over-shadowed by legends who happen to still be living and working in town — instead of the other two options. As for Denver, the Broncos will now try to trade Tim Tebow. And they'll have very little leverage in doing so. We're probably all in agreement that Tebow will never be a prototypical NFL quarterback, but he's easily one of the most popular — and yet polarizing — players in the game. He brings buzz wherever he goes, and buzz equals money (if not necessarily wins).