The Denver Broncos have agreed to a contract extension for center Manny Ramirez. Ramirez, the former Detroit Lion, left the Lions in 2011 to join the Broncos. He played in 2 games that first year but then appeared in 15 games, starting 11 of them in 2012.
Mike Klis has broken this story via twitter. Klis is a writer for the Denver Post.
Broncos extend Manny Ramirez’s contract by 2 years through 2015. Maybe now we’ll believe he’s the starting center.
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 12, 2013
The veteran Ramirez is 30 years old out of Texas Tech. The 7th round draft pick played his previous 5 season at offensive guard before making the switch and becoming Peyton Manning’s center. That is no small feat considering how much emphasis a Peyton Manning offense relies on the center to make the appropriate adjustments at the line. One need only to look at the career of Jeff Saturday, the former Indianapolis Colt, to see what Payton Manning thinks about the center position.
This contract extension is an apparent reflection about Elway’s pleasure with the fast progress that Ramirez has made in just a short time. If the Broncos are going to fulfill their Super Bowl expectations then Ramirez is going to have to continue to progress and become more than just a serviceable center.