The Peyton Manning Sweepstakes appear to be over with the news on Monday that the veteran quarterback is going to join the Denver Broncos. The next question is now going to be, how many of Manning’s former team mates from the Indianapolis Colts will join him on the Denver Broncos? There are plenty of them available.
Wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne jumped early on in free agency. Garcon signed with the Washington Redskins, a team desperate for pass receivers. Wayne however, in one of the more surprising free agency moves, decided to re-sign with the rebuilding Indianapolis Colts. It was widely believed that Wayne and Manning might be a package deal to whichever team wanted to land Manning, but before Manning made his decision, Wayne re-upped with the Colts.
A former receiver Manning worked with during his rehab process, Brandon Stokley, will “likely” sign with the Denver Broncos according to NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora. Stokley, who turns 36 this summer, played with Manning from 2003 to 2006. Stokley also played with the Denver Broncos from 2007 until 2009.
Offensive Center, Jeff Saturday hinted that he might retire this offseason, but he has a visit scheduled for, ironically, Saturday, of this week with the Denver Broncos. Saturday will first visit with the Green Bay Packers this week.
RB Joseph Addai, another former Indianapolis Colt player, released in the great 2012 offseason purge is without work, and one of several veteran running backs receiving little to no interest this offseason. He could be an option for the Colts as they could use some depth at the position and Addai does have good pass catching skills out of the backfield.
Tight end is a position of need for the Broncos and there just happens to be a couple former Colts available in free agency. The Broncos released TE Daniel Fells, the Broncos most productive tight end last season and he is now a member of the New England Patriots. Dallas Clark, one of Manning’s favorite targets for years in Indianapolis is available and has received little to no interest in free agency, despite a relatively soft market at that position this year. TE Jacob Tamme is also available. Tamme, who played in Indianapolis from 2009 to 2011, is visiting the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, but that could simply be a formality now that Manning has agreed to join the Broncos.