Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 7/10/12

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Quarterback Peyton Manning is under contract to make $18 million in Denver this season.  According to ESPN, he turned down an offer from the Tennessee Titans worth $25 million a year that would have included part ownership in the team.

That says a lot about what Manning thinks about Denver’s front office and confirms that he was not just looking for the “highest bidder” during his free agency tour during earlier int he year.  That’s exciting news for the Broncos, and Peyton’s new teammates.

“I’m looking forward to (playing with him this season),”  wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said on NFL Network Tuesday.  ”He’s a Hall of Famer and he didn’t have to come to Denver.  So for him to chose to come to Denver and for me to get to play with him, I’m excited.”

Thomas went on to note that he was nervous when he first met Peyton (he called him “Sir”) and that he and Manning have developed a “good rhythm” together by working together unofficially.  Manning is currently in Tennessee (recording a commercial and working out), and Thomas said he is going to “try and get out there” to run routes with him before training camp starts up later in the month.

“He’s the biggest leader I’ve ever seen.  When we’re working out together as a whole team, his voice will be over everybody’s.  I’m excited about having somebody like that that’ll push me, I feel like it will make me better,” concluded Thomas.

If Manning really did accept seven million less than the Titans offered him to join the Broncos, we should be pretty excited about the state of the franchise.  60 days, 22 hours, 22 minutes, 27 seconds and 312 milliseconds!


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