Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning asked for, and got, a no-trade clause included in his new contract.
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What Peyton Manning wants, Peyton Manning gets. Maybe in return for the $4 million base salary Manning returned to the Broncos for the 2015 NFL season, he now has a no-trade clause in his new contract, according to a story by Pro Football Talk. Manning can also earn the $4 million back through reaching and winning the Super Bowl, but if, on the flip side, he has a terrible year, the Broncos are out of luck trading him. Of course, it’s not likely anyone would trade for Manning anyway if he didn’t want to play for the team in question.
It also means that Manning obviously never wanted to leave Denver, because as we all know, Manning doesn’t like change. The stadium, locker room and city may be the same, but the Broncos are going into 2105 with a different look. They have a new offensive coordinator in Gary Kubiak, for one thing. There’s plenty of interest in how that’s going to play out, considering Kubiak ran a pretty different offense with Baltimore last year. Then again, it’s unlikely anyone’s going to make Manning run an offense he doesn’t like.
It’s going to be an interesting year for the Broncos, regardless. They went all in last year, landing prized free agents such as Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward, but it got them into, and shortly thereafter, out of the playoffs. It has also tied their hands somewhat this year. Not only have they been unable to do much in free agency, but they also couldn’t re-sign Julius Thomas and Terrance Knighton.
Meanwhile, some of the Broncos’ potential opposition have improved by a lot. For example, the Colts. The Patriots remain good and is anyone counting the Seahawks out of the NFC side of the Super Bowl? Not likely.
The Broncos definitely have a lot to be concerned about going into what just might be Peyton Manning’s final year.
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