Did the Texans Try to Make a Move for Peyton Manning This Offseason?

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Call it a crazy rumor or a matter of ‘what if,’ but there’s a story going around that the Texans were in the market this offseason for Broncos QB Peyton Manning.

The story, presented in full on Pro Football Talk, come originally from Benjamin Allbright of 94.1 FM in Denver. He claims that the Broncos tried to trade Manning to the Texans this offseason.

He cites “two unrelated official sources” for the report, adding that “certain elements” of the Broncos organization wanted the Brock Osweiler era to start in 2015.

PFT also talks about the fact that the recent no-trade clause that was put in Manning’s deal, a clause that would have never allowed that to happen.

My first reaction was to scoff, but then I remembered this item from PFT regarding the presence of a no-trade clause for 2015 in Manning’s revised contract. Manning didn’t need to ask for a no-trade clause unless he feared that his restructured contract, with a base salary of only $15 million, would make another team more likely to do the deal.

We plan to promptly seek comment from both teams. For now, though, the notion that the Broncos explored the option of moving on from Manning — especially with a new head coach and new offensive coordinator — seems plausible.


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