It’s often been said that familiarity breeds success. Or maybe I just said that, and no one else actually follows such vague, generic philosophy.
No one except Peyton Manning, who could be surrounded by his former Colts teammates very soon.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that “Team Manning” is being assembled in Denver, noting that veteran center Jeff Saturday will be brought in for a free agent visit, and wide receiver Brandon Stokley will almost surely sign. Tight ends Dallas Clark and/or Jacob Tamme could also be signed, according to La Canfora.
Clark will turn 33 in June, and he’s missed 15 games over just the last two years, making him a significant risk. Tamme struggled along with the entire Colts offense this past season, but he’s still younger than Clark (27), and he’s just one year removed from a breakout season in which he had 631 receiving yards and four touchdowns.
Joseph Addai is floating out in free agency land too, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him arrive in Denver for a visit as the Broncos look to upgrade at running back. At 29 years old, Addai isn’t young, and just like Willis McGahee he’s struggled with injuries, missing 12 games over the past two years. Still, a healthy Addai is an upgrade over Lance Ball, and at the very least he would add depth to a vital position behind a quarterback recovering from a severe injury.
We’ll find out in the coming days if these potential signings materialize, but right now it’s quickly becoming clear that John Elway wants his new pocket passer to feel comfortable, and thrive with familiar offensive faces.