Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos
2014 Outlook:Last updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rusty Reeves
If there's any value in learning from the best, Osweiler had the best opportunity ever afforded a backup quarterback. He'll get that opportunity again in 2014. His fantasy value is directly tied to Manning's health. If something were to happen to Manning, Osweiler would be a trendy pickup based on the offense that he plays in. He has some limited dynasty appeal and not much else.
We've been waiting for an official announcement regarding Peyton Manning's status for the 2015 season. For all intents and purposes, it came Wednesday in the form of a contract restructuring. The Broncos and Manning have agreed to a slightly new deal for next season, one that will take just $4 million off the $19 million fully guaranteed contract Manning was set to earn prior to today.
Of course, this was big news at Broncos headquarters. But the future Hall of Famer was mum on the topic when he met with the media.
"I don't talk about my contract," Manning said. "I never have in 18 years and I'm not going to start now. I've been working real hard and I'm excited to be back with the Denver Broncos. Can't wait for April 13 to get here when the team can finally come together. I'm excited to get to work and get to know the new coaches and looking forward to trying to make 2015 a special year."
April 13 is the day of the Broncos' first team conditioning drills. Thursday is the day of Manning's full physical, something he said should be "pretty routine."
Manning can earn back the $4 million that's been cut by way of incentives. Specifically, by winning in the playoffs. He'll earn $2 million for reaching the Super Bowl next season and another $2 million for winning it.
The Broncos reportedly wanted Peyton to give back more than $4 million, but I'm sure he realized that the team needs him more than he needs the Broncos. Sorry, Brock Osweiler.
Assuming Thursday's physical goes off without a hitch, Manning will agree to his "new" contract and be all systems go for 2015. As I've said here many times prior in the past couple of months, Peyton Manning can still be a highly productive fantasy player if he just stays healthy. I know that's asking quite a lot from an immobile 39-year-old who makes a living in part by trying to evade very large men who want to hurt him, but if he can give us 16 medically dull games, he's going to be a top fantasy QB, no doubt. And because of his late-season crumble in 2014, he might come as a bit of a value pick this summer.
The possible loss of tight end Julius Thomas is something to consider, but with Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, C.J. Anderson and youngster Cody Latimer, Manning still shouldn't have trouble finding an open target.
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