After signing with the Broncos on Thursday morning, wide receiver Andre Caldwell did a conference call with the local media.
He said that while his agent had been in touch with the Broncos since early in the free agency period, his interest peaked once the team inked quarterback Peyton Manning to a deal earlier this week.
“It was a big factor,” Caldwell said about Manning. “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. That played a big part of it and that’s a big reason why I came.”
Caldwell knows what Manning is like as a quarterback from having talked to other players who spent time with the Colts.
“I know a couple people who have played with (Manning),” he said. “He’s a work-a-holic. He likes to study film, he likes to go out there and throw and he likes to get better every day. I heard there is nothing easy about it. He is going to work your tail off, and that’s what I’m ready for.”
After spending the first four years of his career in Cincinnati, Caldwell thinks a fresh start in a new city could boost his development.
“I don’t think I reached my full potential when I was in Cincinnati,” he said. “I think I have a long ways to go, and I think it’s going to happen here in Denver. They have great coaches and they have some great players around that will help me improve every day.”
Caldwell also talked about how his older brother, Reche, has helped him through the first part of his NFL career. Reche Caldwell was a wide receiver for Washington (2007), New England (2006) and San Diego (2002-05).
“He helps me tremendously,” Caldwell said. “From high school on, he has been a big influence. He’s helped me get better. Coming into the NFL he told me what to expect and how to approach certain situations. He’s been a big brother and he’s been a mentor for my whole football career.”
After the call, Caldwell announced via Twitter that he will wear No. 17 with the Broncos.
Caldwell, who has returned punts and kickoffs in his career, said that he’s open to doing whatever is asked of him by the Broncos coaching staff.
“I’m all for doing whatever it takes to win a ballgame,” he said. “Return kicks, return punts—whatever they want me to do. I’m very open to it.”
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