NFL notebook: Broncos, Peyton Manning working to revise contract – Boston Globe (subscription)
It looks as if it’s going to come down to money.A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning’s representatives are discussing ways to revise his contract and give the team more flexibility in free agency.
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Manning, who has made more money than any player in pro football history, is due to make $19 million in 2015, and his salary cap number for next season is $21.2 million.Redoing Manning’s deal would give general manager John Elway more maneuverability as he addresses Denver’s offseason needs.Following Denver’s playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts last month, Manning was non-committal about playing next season, which would be his 18th in the NFL.
Manning flew to Denver on Feb. 12 to meet with Elway and new coach Gary Kubiak, both of whom said they expected Manning to be their quarterback next season.Manning must also pass a physical by March 5 where doctors check to see if there’s any degeneration in his surgically repaired neck, but both the five-time MVP and Elway have said they consider that a mere formality.The Broncos figure to have about $27 million to work with under the projected $148 million salary cap in 2015, but a franchise tag for star receiver Demaryius Thomas next week would eat up about half of that figure. Placing the franchise tag on Thomas would buy them some time to negotiate a long-term deal.They also have to allot at least $6 million for their bevy of draft picks that’s expected to include multiple compensatory selections for all the free agents they lost last year.Manning owns most of the significant QB records and is a half-season’s worth of yards — 2,148 — shy of breaking Brett Favre’s yardage record of 71,838.Hawk a cap casualty
The Packers released veteran linebacker A.J. Hawk on Wednesday. Hawk, who has been with the club for all nine of his NFL seasons, is not bitter, either. ‘‘I wasn’t taken by surprise. I kind of had a feeling it might happen,’’ Hawk said on a podcast he released after the team made the move. ‘‘The Packers actually let me know. They’ve stayed awesome throughout this whole process, been super classy.’’ . . . The Detroit Lions released running back Reggie Bush. Bush battled ankle and back problems in 2014. He had 299 carries for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons with the Lions . . . … – Click Here To Visit Article Source