DENVER- ESPN reports that the four-time NFL MVP instructed his agent, CAA’s Tom Condon, to complete a deal with Denver.
Manning became one of the most highly-touted free agents in NFL history when the Indianapolis Colts released him on March 7.
He missed all of last season due to multiple neck injuries.
Several teams pursued the future Hall of Famer, but in the end, it came down to the Tennesse Titans, the San Fransisco 49ers and Denver.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter told NewsChannel 5’s Claire Brandon that Manning felt more comfortable in Denver because of his relationship with John Elway.
“You can’t underestimate the power that John Elway had throughout this entire process,” Schefter said. “If John Elway were not here, I don’t think he would’ve chosen the Broncos.”
Schefter also said Denver will look to trade quarterback Tim Tebow when Manning’s contract becomes official.
“It doesn’t mean they’ll find a trade partner, but they’re certainly going to try to find one for him,” he added.
Last season, the Broncos had the fourth-worst QBR rating in the NFL, which is something Manning will look to improve next season. He’s had the best QBR rating in the league since 2008.
“I’ve been following it all week and I’m excited to have that kind of caliber quarterback,” Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and I’m excited to get back to work.”
Manning and Elway first began discussing a contract during their March 9 meeting in Denver.