Peyton Manning is now a horse of a different color.
The former quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts was introduced today by his new team, the Denver Broncos. Manning signed a five year contract with the team, worth about $96 million. The deal for Manning ends what is probably the pursuit for the biggest free agent in NFL history.
Manning chose the Broncos over the San Francisco 49'ers and Tennessee Titans, and the all pro says he's happy to be a bronco.
"Talking football with John, with Coach Fox and his staff, made me realize that this is a great place to be.
I called John Elway Monday morning and let him know that I wanted to be a Denver Bronco. I am thrilled to be here, I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates and do everything I can to help this franchise win another Super Bowl."
"I have work to do. I'm not where I want to be. I want to be where I was before I was injured. I wish I never would have been injured. But I know that I need the training staff here and the weight staff to help me get to where I want to be. I know, like I said, as soon as this is over, I'm gonna start right away on that process. I have a lot of work to do, in getting to where I want to be from a health standpoint and learning this offense. This is gonna take a ton of work. So the sooner I can get started the better, it's a challenge that I look forward to meeting, but I'm gonna need a lot of help around me to help get those goals done."
"I know there are some players out there that the Broncos are looking at. When asked about those players, I told them exactly how I felt about the great teammates that I've had, and so, but once again, as to personnel, that's not my department. And so, I know they're going to do whatever it takes to get the best players here to help us win games and that's all I want. And I know they'll do the right thing for the organization."
"Oh no, I plan on playing for a long time. I realize that, I don't have 14 years left by any means. But at the same time, this isn't something that I'm just building a foundation this year to really try to do something in two years, in three years. I mean, this is a now situation. We're trying to win now. We're going to do whatever we can to win right now and that's all I'm thinking about."