The Denver Broncos have reportedly made starting QB Peyton Manning’s new contract one that they themselves cannot trade out of.
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According to ProFootballTalk.com, the restructured deal that the Denver Broncos gave Manning – both to keep him on the team within the salary cap limit and avoid having him become a free agent – includes a no-trade clause which will prevent the Broncos from moving Manning should be struggled in 2015.
After a strong start to the 2014 season, Manning visibly struggled in the last month of the regular season and then went one-and-done with the Broncos in the AFC Divisional Playoff round against the Indianapolis Colts. Following the loss, the Broncos mutually parted ways with head coach John Fox and replaced him with Gary Kubiak – who worked with Broncos VP John Elway as both his backup QB and coach with the Broncos in the 80s and 90s.
There were rumors that Manning was contemplating retirement after his hesitance to commit returning to the NFL in 2015, and there was also hesitance by the Broncos to re-sign Manning with his $19 million salary. But ultimately the Broncos have Manning a new deal that only slightly reduced his salary and alleviated the Broncos’ cap woes.
In 2014, Manning became the NFL’s all-time leader in passing TDs.