DENVER - (AP) - Peyton Manning has been introduced as the newquarterback of the Denver Broncos, the four-time MVP taking thespot once held by John Elway, who as Broncos vice presidentengineered the deal to bring the NFL's most sought-after star totown.

Manning said, "I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of myplaying career with the Denver Broncos," after showing off hisnew, orange No. 18 jersey at a packed news conference Tuesday,hours after signing a five-year, $96 million contract.

Recently released by Indianapolis, Manning became probably thetop free agent in NFL history. Denver's main competition in thesweepstakes came from Tennessee and San Francisco.

The Broncos saw the 35-year-old QB work out last week and weresatisfied that he has recovered from multiple neck injuries thatkept him off the field in 2011.