At his introductory press conference Friday, an emotional Brandon Marshall expressed optimism about his future, recognized the need for questions about his past, and said he had “no fear at all” about a possible suspension over a recent alleged assault.
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Even as Peyton Manning worked out for the Denver Broncos at Duke University on Friday, reports surfaced that he already worked out Tuesday night for a new team in the hunt — the San Francisco 49ers — and that the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals were out of the picture.
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Report: Manning met with 49ers; Broncos prep offer (Yahoo! Sports)
With the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos in pursuit, the Atlanta Falcons re-signed defensive end John Abraham, according to reports. The Falcons brought the free agent back on a three-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Falcons reportedly sign Abraham to 3-year deal (Yahoo! Sports)
San Francisco apparently saw the free-agent QB throw before Denver got its exhibition.
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Peyton Manning derby takes interesting turn as Niners reportedly emerge (Yahoo! Sports)
As Peyton Manning began his second visit with the Denver Broncos’ staff, the team prepared its offer, but has a new competitor in the San Francisco 49ers, according to reports. Citing league sources, ESPN reported that San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive…
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Denver Broncos executive John Elway and coach John Fox traveled to North Carolina on Friday to watch Peyton Manning work out at Duke, while the Miami Dolphins dropped out of the running to sign the NFL’s only four-time MVP. The Broncos officials landed at Raleigh-Durham airport about 1:15 p.m. EDT and got into a white van near the plane. They arrived at Duke about 30 minutes later and drove through a gate outside the football team’s practice facilities. A person told The Associated Press that Manning was going to work out at Duke facilities Friday afternoon for the Broncos. He was seen leaving the Blue Devils’ indoor facilities wearing blue shorts, a gray t-shirt and no helmet heading to the outdoor practice field followed by Elway and Fox. The view of the practice field from the parking lot where reporters were gathered is partially obscured by a building that houses the visiting team’s locker room and a nine-foot, black gate. Manning has been rehabilitating in North Carolina after a series of neck surgeries. Another person confirmed to the AP that Manning phoned the Miami Dolphins on Thursday to advise them he’ll sign elsewhere. The team has now turned its attention to free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Manning’s workouts have remained private and the Dolphins haven’t talked publicly about their negotiations. Duke coach and longtime Manning friend David Cutcliffe told The Tennessean that Manning has made good progress throwing the football following operations that forced him to miss the entire 2011 season. Manning’s uncertain health led the Indianapolis Colts to balk at paying a $28 million roster bonus to the 35-year-old quarterback, which in turn started a race for the most prized free agent of the offseason and maybe ever. Along with the Broncos, the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals remain in contention for Manning. But not the Dolphins, who met with the record-setting QB for several hours Monday in Indianapolis and made signing him their top priority. Now the Dolphins will court Flynn, who visited the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday. Flynn was the backup last year for Green Bay and has a good relationship with new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, the Packers’ offensive coordinator the past five seasons. Time is a factor for the Cardinals, who must decide by 4 p.m. EDT on Friday whether or not to release quarterback Kevin Kolb. He’s due $7 million if he is on the roster Saturday. Manning’s whirlwind free agency tour officially kicked off soon after he bid farewell to the Colts in an emotional press conference last week. The Broncos had the first crack at wooing him, rolling out the red carpet for his visit. Team officials flew him in and he spent the spent the day chatting with Elway, the Hall of Fame QB turned team executive. Manning also was escorted around the team’s building by coach John Fox and general manager Brian Xanders as he listened to their sales pitch. After that, Manning journeyed to nearby Castle Rock, Colo., and spent the evening with good friend Brandon Stokley, who played catch with Manning the next morning and spoke highly of his former teammate in an interview on a local radio show. Manning’s next stop was Arizona, where he met with the Cardinals for nearly 6 1/2 hours. Then Tennessee entered the picture. Manning has a big fan in 89-year-old Titans owner Bud Adams, and the former Tennessee Volunteer spent nearly eight hours with team executives on a plane and at the club’s headquarters. The NFL Network reported that Manning was expected to work out for the Titans, but there was no immediate confirmation from the team or word on when that would happen. – By JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer AP Sports Writers Steve Wine in Miami and Pat Graham in Denver contributed to this report. (© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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The Denver Broncos arrived in North Carolina on Friday to find out there is another player in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen …
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Another player in Manning chase
As the options dwindled down for Peyton Manning, many NFL insiders warned us to watch out for a “mystery team” to enter the sweepstakes. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that has now officially happened. Mort reported via his Twitter account … Continue reading →
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As the options dwindled down for Peyton Manning, many NFL insiders warned us to watch out for a “mystery team” to enter the sweepstakes. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that has now officially happened. Mort reported via his Twitter account that Manning worked out for 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh this week, and took a physical for the team. According to the report by Mortensen and ESPN cohort Adam Schefter , Manning had a throwing session in North Carolina on Tuesday, with Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman in attendance. All accounts indicate that the session was “very impressive.” While it’s believed that Manning would prefer to stay in the AFC for multiple reasons (the primary one being his supposed desire not to block brother Eli out of the Super Bowl), the opportunity to play for a team with went 13-3 in 2011 with Alex Smith as their quarterback might be too much to turn down for a man who has just a few years left and isn’t coming back to do anything but win a Super Bowl. When the 49ers re-signed cornerback Carlos Rogers, they ensured that all 11 starters would return to one of the NFL’s best defenses. The 49ers have taken a flyer on Randy Moss, and you can be sure that they’ll be doing more to accentuate their receiver corps in the draft. The 49ers have been negotiating with Smith, currently an unrestricted free agent, but no deal has been struck. Smith was very efficient in 2011, throwing just five interceptions all season, but San Francisco’s passing offense was far from explosive — by default, it reflected Harbaugh’s coaching personality — tightly controlled, methodical to a fault, and as mistake-proof as possible. The most obvious question here would be how Manning and Harbaugh would co-exist. There are teams and coaches ready and willing to scrap their offensive game plans to get Manning and let him run the three-wide, single-back, check-with-me offense he did with great success for so many years in Indianapolis. Harbaugh is a very successful former quarterback himself – in fact, he’s the starter Manning replaced when the Colts selected Manning with the first overall draft pick in 1998. Since then, Harbaugh has employed strict control over his schemes at the college and pro level, and the success he’s enjoyed means that he doesn’t have to defer to anyone. He turned Smith’s career around, and he raised Andrew Luck, the man who will replace Manning, in a professional sense.
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