The Denver Broncos have been the most active team so far early in NFL free agency, signing free agent cornerback Aqib Talib to a six-year, $57 million deal. The Broncos also agreed to terms with free agent safety T.J. Ward and are said to be close to a deal with former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
Yet while the moves have caught the attention of those around the football world, many scouts and NFL experts say Denver’s high-profile additions are simply not enough to get the team a Super Bowl title.
“They can add whoever they want,” said one NFL scout. “At the end of the day, it’s Peyton Manning who is going to be stepping on the field during the playoffs, and there’s simply no way to defeat him in the postseason.”
John Elway, Denver’s general manager and executive vice president, believes he is giving his team the pieces to succeed.
“No team is perfect, but I think we’re addressing as many weaknesses as we can,” he said. “Of course, our biggest weakness is Peyton Manning in the playoffs, but I’m not really sure what can be done about that. If we get rid of him, we might not even make the playoffs. It’s sort of a double-edge sword of failure. My only hope is that we load up enough to somehow beat him. That and prayer.”
Manning continued his career of poor postseason performances in February by laying a massive turd in a 43-8 Super Bowl loss the the Seahawks. He says he welcomes Denver’s new additions.
“I think we’re getting some great new players,” he said. “At the same time, I’m a competitor. I’ll do everything I can to beat these guys.”
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