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Andre Caldwell cites Manning for decision to sign with Denver

Cincinnati Bengals v Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE - OCTOBER 30: Andre Caldwell #87 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks on October 30, 2011 at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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It’s sensible to believe free agents might begin gravitating toward the Broncos. They won a playoff game last season and are now quarterbacked by future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

This was exactly the case for wide receiver Andre Caldwell, who agreed to a two-year deal last night to play in Denver.

“It was a big factor,” Caldwell confirmed. “He’s a veteran quarterback who knows how to win games. He knows how to put players in positions to be their best. He gets the best out of his receivers.”

Caldwell ran a 4.37 forty at the 2008 NFL Combine at 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds. He has some talent, but put up underwhelming stats for the last four seasons in Cincinnati.

Manning has historically turned less talented receivers than Caldwell into productive players. Brandon Stokley, Jerome Pathon, Marcus Pollard, and Quadry Ismail can all attest.

“It got real serious after they got Peyton,” Caldwell said of his contract negotiations with the Broncos. “It heated up and I was all on board after they signed Peyton.”