Broncos are in no hurry to hear from quarterback Peyton Manning about his plans
The Denver Broncos are still waiting on Peyton Manning.
Nearly three weeks after his team’s Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers, and with the start of free agency approaching, Broncos Coach Gary Kubiak indicated Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get a decision from Manning about his future.
“It’s about him taking his time to work through things and think through things,” Kubiak told reporters at the NFL scouting combine. “There is no hurry here. I want him to enjoy what just took place.
“We’ll go from there.”
Manning, 39, reportedly must notify the Broncos of his plans no later than March 8 because on March 9 his $19-million salary for the 2016 season becomes fully guaranteed.
Kubiak said a “plan continues to be in place” and that Manning and General Manager John Elway “have had some conversations.” Kubiak said he also had spoken with the quarterback and would do so again this week.
Kubiak added there was not a specific time frame for when the team expects a decision by Manning.
“It’s free agency and all of those things leading up to it,” he said. “There are obviously time frames in our business, but I think we kind of went through this last year and we’re going to stick to it exactly how we did it last year.”
Tuerk in attendance
Offensive lineman Max Tuerk was sidelined for most of USC’s 2015 season because of a major knee injury that required surgery.
He is happy to be at the combine.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” he said. “It’s awesome to be here.”
Tuerk said he knee was “doing really well” and that he would participate in the bench press testing. But plans for participating in drills would be out off until USC’s pro day workout in about a month.
Tuerk started games at center, guard and tackle for the Trojans.
“It was absolutely a positive,” he said of playing multiple positions. “It shows that I’m versatile and able to play anywhere on the line.”
Ready for his kicks
Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a career-best 60-yard field goal for UCLA last season, and he said that he had converted from as far as 67 yards during practice.
Fairbairn, from Hawaii, is not limited to executing long kicks.
Upon request, he demonstrated for reporters that he was adept at verbally spelling his very long given name: John Christian Ka’iminoeauloameka’ikeokekumupa’a Fairbairn.
Fairbairn said that participating in last month’s Senior Bowl helped prepare him for the interview process he is repeating with NFL teams this week.
“It’s repetitive but you’ve got to go into each interview with the same excitement as the first,” he said. “I’ve tried to do that. All those coaches are important, so try putting on your best face and carry it out.”
Fairbairn is scheduled to work out Thursday. It will include field-goal attempts and kickoffs, but no 40-yard dash.
“Kick the ball straight,” he said. “That’s all they want.”
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