New Manning gear won’t be ready right away

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DENVER -- if you are like most avid or even casual football fans, you know what happened Monday.

The Hall of Famer, John Elway, got his second big deal done … the first in 1983 when he refused to play with the then Baltimore Colts and decided to play in Denver instead.

The second, getting future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning to play for the Broncos to end his career.

If you need a refresher course in Peyton trivia, we have some questions here that will make you a star at the bar, when talking about Manning and his exploits on the field.

Jerseys are another story because Nike just won the NFL supply contract for gear. Rebook had the rights for the past few years, and while the new gear is being produced, no one is making any available at the moment.

This is free agent time, and with all the players who are changing teams, no one knows who is where for sure and what numbers they might wear.

That’s the case with Peyton who has worn numbers 14, 16 and 18. But here 18 is retired in the Ring of Fame and so jersey makers don’t know what number to put on new Broncos jerseys for Manning.

The contract expires for Rebook April 20th,but the company is ready to ship Manning gear if he picks a number soon. Nike will be set after that date.