Yesterday Dan Koppen tore his ACL, making him the second Denver Broncos center to go down for the 2013 season. J.D. Walton already was out for the season before Koppen left the Broncos Training Camp on a cart on Sunday before it was reported that he suffered a season ending tear of his ACL.
With so many of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s centers going down, there was a minor stir around the media on Sunday afternoon/evening that former Colts center Jeff Saturday could potentially come back out of retirement to pair up with Manning one last time. After all, it would be a good story.
But sometimes good stories are good stories because they aren’t very likely.
According to Saturday’s ESPN co-worker Ed Werder, the longtime Colts center isn’t interested in making a comeback, and has already dropped to the 230-240-pound range since retiring.
Jeff Saturday is down to 230-240. No interest in rejoining Peyton in Denver, which lost Dan Koppen and JD Walton at OC #broncos
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 29, 2013
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network talked to Saturday’s agent, who deemed it “possible, not likely.” After the comments revealed on Monday and the fact that Jeff Saturday is a skinny 230 by his playing standards, we can probably put this cute offseason storyline to bed early.
Saturday seems to be at peace with the end of his career and is ready to move on to a new, healthier chapter in his life. He has already lost a lot of his playing weight and has a good job on ESPN after being one of the NFL’s most respected offensive linemen for a long and successful career. If he wanted to he could likely get ready for the start of the regular season and play one more year as the most famous quarterback/center pairing of all time with Peyton Manning, but it seems that Saturday is at peace without playing in the NFL and we should be happy for him.
The Broncos signed journeyman Steve Vallos yesterday, but expect them to get a much more qualified center to protect Manning before Week One.