March 12, 2014
The Broncos guaranteed Aqib Talib an astonishing $26 million to try to shore up their secondary.
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Somewhere, Manning must have scoffed. Defense might win championships, but these Broncos won't win without his offense. They won't win without their quarterback, and no matter the talk of sacks and stances, tackles and toughness, this all circles back to Peyton. He's the reason they come, the reason they stay, and the NFL's best quarterback all season long is looking more and more like the offseason's MVP.

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