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Friday, March 23, 2012
Manning gets familiar face to work with

By Bill Williamson

Peyton Manning got one of his guys.

Jacob Tamme is now a Denver Bronco.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Broncos have signed the former Indianapolis tight end to a three-year, $9 million deal Friday. Seattle also was pursuing Tamme. Earlier in the day, Schefter reported that Denver signed former Houston tight end Joel Dreessen to a three-year $8.5 million deal.

Tamme is the first of Manning’s former Colts teammates to sign in Denver.  Earlier Friday, former Indianapolis center Jeff Saturday signed with Green Bay. Denver was interested in his services.

I would think the additions of Tamme and Dreessen will take Denver out of the mix for former Colts tight end Dallas Clark. Tamme is younger than Clark and he also is a proven receiver. Tamme caught 67 passes from Manning in 2010.

Denver also has Julius Thomas, who it wants to develop. Manning loves throwing to his tight ends and he has some good options. Just as importantly, Manning now has a familiar face to work with.