Manning Passes Physical, Remains A Bronco – NFL Roundup
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning will remain the Denver Broncos' quarterback at least one more year after clearing a medical hurdle.
A person with knowledge of the results tells The Associated Press that Manning has passed the physical on his surgically repaired neck. That was a requirement of the contract that will pay Manning $20 million next season, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because results of medical checkups typically aren't announced.
Manning won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single-season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.
In other NFL news:
— Washington has placed a franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, all but ensuring he will remain with the team next season. He'll make about $11.5 million for 2014.
— The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. Because Graham often split out from the offensive line as a receiver would, there have been questions concerning whether the NFL's collective bargaining agreement calls for Graham to have a receiver's tag, worth $12.1 million. Graham still could file a grievance, leaving an arbitrator to decide which tag is appropriate for a player who caught a team-high 86 passes for 1,215 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
— Wide receiver Anquan (AN'-kwahn) Boldin has agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with San Francisco that includes $9 million in guaranteed money. Boldin led the 49ers with 85 catches for 1,179 yards to go with seven touchdowns last season. He was set to become a free agent.
— Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes has signed a four-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins. Grimes had four interceptions and played in all 16 games for the Dolphins last year after they signed him to a one-year contract.
— The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear contract with safety Bernard Pollard that keeps their top tackler off the free-agent market. Pollard started all 16 games last season and led Tennessee with 142 tackles, including 93 solo stops. He also had three interceptions.
— The Browns have locked free agent Pro Bowl center Alex Mack into a one-year, $10.039 million contract by using the transition tag on him. That means Cleveland will have five days to match any offer to Mack by other teams. Mack has been one of the Browns' best and most dependable players since they drafted him in the first round in 2009. He has not missed one offensive play in five years, a run of 4,998 consecutive snaps.
— Buffalo will not use a franchise tag on safety Jarius Byrd again. That will allow the three-time Pro Bowler to become an unrestricted free agent next week. Byrd played under a one-year, $6.9 million franchise tag last year.