Found March 24, 2012 on The Penalty Flag:
This very well could be the most craziest off-season in NFL history, and the craziest free agency period in the history of the NFL. Last year, everyone was talking about obvious choices on who would be picking Andrew Luck, and most certainly nobody thought it would be the Indianapolis Colts. This Free Agency period can all point back to one player, and his neck surgeries. Peyton Manning, drafted first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, spent 13 years with the Colts, brought home a Super Bowl title and became a first ballot Hall of Famer. Nobody knew Manning would miss the entire season and that the Colts would be exposed for having a horrible team without Manning. Thus, because of Peyton Manning not playing the whole year, it set forward a spin that nobody saw coming and a change to the NFL that nobody saw coming. If Peyton Manning plays, we aren't talking about Andrew Luck going to Indianapolis, Mark Sanchez doesn't get his feelings hurt, Tim Tebow may still be a Bronco. Here are several free agent signings that changed how the 2012 NFL Draft will play out.
  • Brandon Marshall to Chicago Bears: I have seen Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill or Michael Floyd all mocked to the Chicago Bears at one point or another due to the Bears need of a receiver. Now this is one less team for a receiver looking to be drafted in the first round. This will now allow the Bears to focus elsewhere in the draft, like the offensive line or adding a solid pass rusher to compliment Julius Peppers.

Manning to Elway: I can be MVP-caliber

Peyton Manning reportedly told John Elway that there is no doubt in his mind he is capable of playing at an MVP level, which helped solidify the Broncos' decision.

Cardinal Sin: How Bad Is It For Ken Whisenhunt That Arizona Won’t Have Peyton Manning?

Happy spring folks!  Last time I was here, I was discussing “Bountygate” and the New England Patriots.  It’s a new season though, and over the next few months, I’ll be covering the division that the New England Patriots will actually face in the 2012 NFL season: The NFC West. We’ll start with the last NFC West team to win the NFC Championship, the Arizona Cardinals.  As...

Sports Media Digest- March 23, 2012

NFL Newsmakers Equals Increased Ratings for ESPN-  The NFL news of the week…the signing of Peyton Manning, the trade of Tim Tebow, and the penalties handed down to the Saints, lifted the ratings of ESPN’s NFL programs.  Monday through Wednesday’s NFL Live program averaged 666,000 households and 721,000 viewers, based on a 0.7 rating, increases

Manning told Elway: “There is no doubt in my mind” I’ll play at an MVP level

According to Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post, prior to the Broncos signing Peyton Manning, executive vice president John Elway asked him if he’d be able to return to the level that enabled him to win four league MVP’s. “There is no doubt in my mind,” Manning replied, per the Post. After Manning gave Elway the answer he was looking for, he was convinced that he needed...

Peyton Manning’s Nemesis, Tracy Porter, Joins Denver Broncos

Photo Via On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos officially agreed to terms with the star of the 2012 NFL Free Agency frenzy, Peyton Manning. The next day Tim Tebow was traded to the Big Apple.  Finally, on Thursday evening, it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Shefter that Manning’s nemesis in cornerback Tracy Porter had agreed to terms to join the Mile High...

Video: RG3 and Andrew Luck Pro Days

The two big QB’s in the 2012 NFL Draft put on quite a show over the last two days for NFL scouts. Robert Griffin III had his pro day yesterday and showed off his arm and mobility in front of a packed house at Baylor. Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan were on site for the workout and they liked what they saw. The Redskins made the...

A Lighter Look at Elway’s Conversation with Peyton Manning

What’s up RaiderNation? You know, Old Timer always says, laughter is the best medicine. I know most of us were pretty surprised to hear that Manning decided to sign with the Broncos; but did you know the real reason? Well, I was able to find out how it all went down, well, OK, so this [...]

Robert Griffin III still believes he could be drafted first overall

After working out at the University of South Florida with former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden for his ESPN show, Gruden’s quarterback Camp, quarterback Robert Griffin III indicated that he’s not ready to say that Andrew Luck will be the first overall pick in April’s draft. “If you say you don’t want to be picked No. 1, that means you’re not a competitor...

The Bears Den: March 22, 2012

Video: Bowen: How have transactions affected draft? - Matt Bowen on how the trade for Brandon Marshall and other offseason moves around the NFL have affected the Bears' draft plans. NFL owners to vote on replay, overtime rules - Instant replay could undergo some changes, even moving the entire process to the replay booth to reduce Ed Hochuli overexposure the waiting time. Bears...
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