Monday, July 29, 2013

Broncos Show No Interest in Jeff Saturday, Who Will Likely Stay Retired

Almost immediately after news broke that center Dan Koppen had suffered a torn ACL, fans and pundits jumped to the same conclusion:  Jeff Saturday is available.

Saturday, 37, spent the first thirteen years of his career snapping to Manning, winning a Super Bowl (XLI) along the way.  Last year, Saturday started in fourteen games (allowing 3.5 sacks) in Green Bay before being benched, clearing the way for a younger Evan Dietrich-Smith to start the final two games of the season.

Despite his benching last season, Saturday still made the Pro Bowl based on name recognition and even swapped sides (from the NFC to the AFC) for a play to execute one final snap to Manning.

Make no mistake, that was Saturday's final snap to Manning.

On Sunday evening, Saturday's agent, Ralph Cindrich, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that it was "possible, not likely" that the veteran center would come out of retirement.  That may indicate that Saturday, who is currently employed by ESPN, is open to returning, but realizes a team would have to be interested first.

And the Broncos are not breaking down Cindrich's door to get Saturday under contract.

Per Papoport, Denver has not contacted Cindrich about Saturday, and if they haven't yet, they probably won't.  The team signed veteran Steve Vallos just hours after Koppen's MRI results came back positive.

If Saturday was on the team's radar, Vallos was obviously thought of as a better option. Competing with Vallos will be Manny Ramirez, C.J. Davis and Philip Blake.

As of now, the chances of Saturday coming out of retirement are about as high as the chances of Brandon Stokley returning to Denver (if even that high).  Don't hold your breath.