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The Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos enter the 2022 season with high expectations after bringing in new starting quarterbacks this offseason. Denver acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks in a blockbuster move, while Indy added Matt Ryan in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons.

Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who made history with both the Colts and Broncos, thinks his former teams landed the right quarterbacks.

“Russell and Matt, they have high expectations for themselves,” Manning said at the “Manning Passing Academy” on Friday, according to NFL.com’s Michael Baca. “They want to work together with the team, get on the same page, and want to help the team win and do their part. So I think both of them will handle that well.”

Manning talked to both quarterbacks before the trades were completed.

“For Matt, in particular, he kind of mentioned that Atlanta was looking for possibly a trade, and he was asking about Indy,” Manning said. “I just kind of really liked that match. I thought it would be great for Matt in this second chapter for him, and I thought it would be really good for the Colts, who I think are really close and have a lot of pieces and just could really use a veteran leader. He and (Colts head coach) Frank Reich have really hit it off.”

Ryan played 14 seasons in Atlanta. The 2016 NFL MVP became the franchise’s all-time passing leader with 59,735 yards and 367 touchdowns, though he was limited to 3,968 yards and 20 TD passes last season. The 37-year-old will now replace Carson Wentz, whom the Colts traded to the Washington Commanders after missing the playoffs in 2021.

Meanwhile, Wilson joins a Broncos team that hasn’t reached the postseason since 2015 – Manning’s last year in Denver. The 33-year-old Wilson earned nine Pro Bowl berths and helped the Seahawks win one Super Bowl title across 10 seasons in Seattle.

“It’s a new chapter for him,” Manning said of Wilson. “Broncos fans and players are hungry. We’ve been in a little bit of a drought the past few years, and it’s time to get the Broncos back to where they’re supposed to be.”

Manning spent his first 14 NFL seasons with the Colts, winning four MVP awards and lifting the Lombardi Trophy once. He then signed with the Broncos, with whom he earned another MVP honor and won a Super Bowl title.

Former Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has died at the age of 55, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Wednesday.

“I’m heartbroken, as is all of Colts Nation,” Irsay tweeted.

A cause of death hasn’t been revealed.

“This is a tough one. I love ‘Goose’ like a brother,” Ravens legend Ray Lewis said in a statement, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. “From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.”

Lewis and Siragusa were teammates in Baltimore for multiple years.

Siragusa, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 1990, enjoyed 12 campaigns in the NFL. He played for the Colts from 1990-96, appearing in 96 regular-season games. Siragusa then joined the Ravens, where he made 73 appearances from 1997-2001. Siragusa helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XXXV as a starter for one of the greatest defenses in NFL history.

The Pitt product retired following the 2001 campaign with 564 tackles and 22 sacks on his resume across 169 regular-season games.

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community.”

Bisciotti added: “This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens.”

After his playing career, Siragusa became an in-game analyst for Fox Sports from 2003-15.

Nick Foles is reuniting with Frank Reich.

That combination helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the 2017 NFL title. Reich now is head coach of Indianapolis, and the Colts signed free agent quarterback Foles on Monday to back up Matt Ryan.

The Colts traded with Atlanta for Ryan earlier this offseason.

Foles got a two-year deal after spending the past two seasons in Chicago, playing in only one game in 2021 despite the Bears still paying him under a four-year, $88 million contract he got from Jacksonville in 2019. The Bears released the 10-year veteran on May 1.

A backup to Carson Wentz with the Eagles, Foles took over late in the 2017 season when Wentz injured his knee. He guided Philadelphia to the Super Bowl, where he outdueled Tom Brady in a 41-33 victory over New England, earning Foles game MVP honors.

He also helped the Eagles win a playoff game at Chicago the next season before joining the Jaguars. He barely played for them, sustaining a broken collarbone in the season opener.

Foles, 33, has played in 68 career games (56 starts) with five franchises, including twice with the Eagles. He has completed 1,277 passes for 14,003 yards with 82 touchdowns and 43 interceptions. He has started six postseason games, with 1,633 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He famously caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl victory.

Indianapolis released quarterback James Morgan to make room for Foles on the roster.

Carson Wentz doesn’t think his one-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts was “a mistake,” as Colts owner Jim Irsay described. In fact, Wentz, now a member of the Washington Commanders, said Irsay’s recent remarks caught him off guard.

“Last year was a really fun year,” the quarterback said Wednesday on “The Colin Cowherd Podcast.”

“We did some incredible things, (but) came up short at the end. Obviously, I struggled down the stretch there, and timing was poor. I didn’t expect that, I didn’t expect things to unfold the way they did, and I thought things were in a pretty good place there.

“I had an awesome relationship with every single person in that building, can’t say enough good things about the people over there. (Irsay’s comment) kind of came out of left field. He’s entitled to his own opinion, and he’s entitled to do what he wants with his football team.”

Wentz, who joined Indianapolis in the 2021 offseason via trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, put up solid numbers with the Colts last year, but he failed to reach the playoffs. Indianapolis reportedly also grew frustrated with his lack of leadership and reckless playing style throughout the campaign.

After trading first- and third-round picks for Wentz in 2021, the Colts sent the 29-year-old to the Commanders this offseason. Irsay recently said it was “very obvious” his club had to move on from the veteran signal-caller.

Wentz completed 62.4% of his passes for 3,563 yards and 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions in 2021. Indy fell one win short of the playoffs after its Wentz-led offense scored just 11 points in a Week 18 loss to the previously 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Commanders and Wentz will visit the Colts in Week 8 this season.

The Indianapolis Colts are working to add veteran quarterback Nick Foles, sources told The Athletic’s Zak Keefer.

They’ve yet to agree on a deal, but Foles could sign as early as next week.

Foles worked with Colts head coach Frank Reich on the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2017 season. Reich was Philly’s offensive coordinator when the team won Super Bowl LII with Foles under center.

The 33-year-old would be a solid backup option behind veteran Matt Ryan, who joined Indy this offseason in a trade from the Atlanta Falcons. The Colts’ quarterback depth chart features second-year passer Sam EhlingerJames Morgan, and undrafted rookie Jack Coan.

Foles spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Bears. The former Pro Bowler started only one game in 2021. He appeared in nine games in 2020, starting seven and completing 64.7% of his passes for 1,852 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions.

The Indianapolis Colts are signing free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, he told Josina Anderson of CBS Sports.

Gilmore, 31, has agreed to a two-year, $23-million deal that includes $14 million guaranteed, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Los Angeles Rams were also reportedly pursuing the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year.

The New England Patriots traded Gilmore to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick in October. He missed the first half of the season with a quad injury while with the Patriots but quickly returned to form with Carolina, finishing as PFF‘s 12th-ranked cornerback while making eight appearances.

Gilmore, a five-time Pro Bowler, joins an ascendant Colts defense that boasts two other All-Pros in linebacker Darius Leonard and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, as well as a new coordinator in Gus Bradley.

Indianapolis finished tied for ninth in points per game in 2021 (21.5) and second in turnovers (33).

The AFC South club has focused on reinforcing its defense this offseason, trading for pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue and adding safety Rodney McLeod and cornerback Brandon Facyson.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday it was “very obvious” the team had to get rid of quarterback Carson Wentz after just one season.

“I think the worst thing you can do is have a mistake and try to keep living with it going forward,” Irsay said, according to Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “For us, it was something we had to move away from as a franchise.”

The Colts traded first- and third-round picks for Wentz last offseason after he fell out with the Philadelphia Eagles. Indianapolis shipped the former No. 2 pick to the Washington Commanders on March 16 and took a net loss on the compensation.

While Wentz posted solid numbers for the Colts, the club reportedly grew frustrated with his lack of leadership and reckless playing style. The 29-year-old drew similar criticisms in Philadelphia.

“In having conversations with trusted veterans on the team … in confidence, oftentimes they share really what’s happening,” Irsay said. “What I found out was very concerning.”

Indianapolis acquired Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons to fill its quarterback void after moving Wentz. The Colts missed the playoffs last year after making it in 2020 with Philip Rivers as their quarterback.

Wentz downplayed reports that he’s been difficult to work with in the past.

“I strongly feel I had amazing relationships with people in Philly and in Indy,” he said at his introductory press conference with Washington.

Colts head coach Frank Reich can’t wait to see Matt Ryan under center in Indy.

The Colts acquired Ryan through a trade with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason in a move Reich believes offers mutual benefits for his team and the veteran quarterback.

“I think everyone saw from the outside that this is a good fit,” Reich said Sunday during the NFL’s annual league meeting, according to Michael Baca of NFL.com. “Like, people can universally agree you got a guy who’s still playing at a high level with a team and roster that is built to make some noise. We needed each other.”

The Colts have lacked consistent play at quarterback since Andrew Luck retired in 2018. Ryan will become the club’s fifth different Week 1 signal-caller in as many seasons.

Indy began looking for a new passer this offseason after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders, ending his stint in Indianapolis after just one campaign.

Meanwhile, the Falcons signaled the start of a rebuild by moving on from Ryan after 14 seasons. They sent the signal-caller to the Colts in exchange for a third-round pick.

Though Ryan will turn 37 in May, Reich still thinks the former MVP has a lot left in the tank.

“The first thing I’m looking at is, is the accuracy still there and what does the arm look like,” said Reich, who’s entering his fifth season in Indy. “So, dig into every throw from the last couple (of) years. Look at the ball velocity, look at the length, look at the accuracy, look at the movement skills, and I see no diminishing physical skills.”

Now six years removed from his 2016 MVP campaign, Ryan has tossed more than 30 touchdowns in a season just once over the last five seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler, who led the NFL in completions in 2019 and 2020, completed 67% of his passes for 3,968 yards and 20 touchdowns against 12 interceptions across 17 games in 2021.

After trading Atlanta’s all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns for a third-round pick Monday, Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot admitted Wednesday he prioritized finding a good home for Matt Ryan.

“It was more important for us to do right by Matt than to try to maximize compensation,” Fontenot said, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Fontenot also said the Falcons probably could’ve gotten a better haul for Ryan if they’d opened up discussions with more teams.

Ryan spent 14 seasons with Atlanta after being drafted third overall in 2008. He had a 120-102 record as the Falcons’ starter and led them to Super Bowl LI. Recent free-agent addition Marcus Mariota is expected to replace him in 2022.

But despite the decision to trade a franchise icon, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith refused to call the upcoming season a rebuilding year.

“Our charge is to win,” Smith said, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s not fair to the players.”

The Falcons are coming off a 7-10 mark and a third-place finish in the NFC South in 2021.

The Indianapolis Colts acquired quarterback Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, the team announced Monday.

Ryan currently has two years remaining on his deal. If the 2016 MVP wasn’t dealt prior to 4 p.m. ET, he would have collected a $7.5-million roster bonus that was pushed back from Friday to help facilitate the Falcons’ attempt to land Deshaun Watson.

Atlanta will save $9 million against the salary cap but incur a dead cap hit of $40.5 million, according to Over the Cap. Ryan signed a five-year, $150-million extension with the Falcons in 2018.

The Colts find their quarterback after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders along with a 2022 second-round pick and 2022 seventh-rounder for a 2022 second-rounder, a 2022 third-rounder, and a 2023 third-rounder that can become a second-round pick.

The third-rounder the Colts sent to the Falcons is their original pick (No. 82 overall), a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

The Seattle Seahawks were among other interested suitors for Ryan this offseason after sending Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos earlier this month.

Ryan’s departure ends a 14-year relationship with the Falcons that began when the franchise drafted him third overall in 2008.

The four-time Pro Bowler is the Falcons’ all-time leader in passing yards (59,735) and touchdowns (367) and leaves with a 120-102 record as a starter. Ryan recorded his best season in 2016, passing for a career-best 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns while leading Atlanta to Super Bowl LI.

The Falcons signed free-agent quarterback Marcus Mariota to a two-year deal shortly after trading Ryan.