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Best season with Denver Broncos: 2013, 450-of-659 for 5,477 yards with 55 TDs and 10 interceptions
How he was acquired: Signed as a free agent by the Denver Broncos, 2012
Analysis: Peyton Manning was a clear Hall of Famer and one of the five best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL before he signed with the Broncos prior to the 2012 season.
After starring for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998 through 2010, Manning was unable to play in 2011 as a result of injuries and subsequent neck surgery. When the Colts fell apart that season and had the No. 1 pick in the draft, owner Jim Irsay decided that he had to go with a potential superstar in rookie Andrew Luck instead of Manning.
Once that tough decision was made, several teams courted Manning and wanted to sign him as a free agent. He chose the Broncos, and he put his signature on a five-year, $96 million contract.
Manning gave the Broncos everything they were hoping for at the QB position. He led the Broncos to the No. 1 seed in the AFC in 2012 and to the Super Bowl in 2013. Manning threw for 4,659 yards with 37 TDs and 11 interceptions in 2012, and he followed that up by having a record-setting 2013 season that included 55 TD passes.
While the Broncos would get overwhelmed in their Super Bowl XLVIII loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Manning may rank as the top quarterback of all time and he has been a sensational acquisition for the Broncos.