Denver Broncos veteran star quarterback Peyton Manning could have been traded to the Houston Texans this offseason, according to a report. Benjamin Allbright of KBUD-FM in Denver reported that the Broncos offered Manning to the Texans before the quarterback restructured his Denver contract. The new contract features a no-trade clause.
Allbright's report cited “two unrelated official sources,” and noted that some in the Denver organization want the “Osweiler era” to begin this season -- a reference to Brock Osweiler, the team's 24-year-old backup quarterback, who has been with the team since 2012.
The Broncos immediately denied the Manning-to-Houston report. “The speculation is false, and your report is inaccurate,” Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said via Twitter, responding to Allbright’s claims.
Allbright was criticized by NFL fans on the social media site for creating a supposed inaccurate story, but he stood by his report. “They called me a liar on Foles/Rams (happened next day), Fairley (same day), Harvin, Cromartie, Crabtree (weeks later), Harbaugh, etc.,” Allbright responded.