If the Broncos' 2015 season goes the way he hopes, Peyton Manning will earn back every penny of the $4-million pay cut he took Thursday.
No. 18 made his return for an 18th season official by passing his physical a day after agreeing to a revised contract that calls for him to make $15 million in the 2015 season. The new deal he signed after getting a clean bill of health includes incentives of $2 million each for winning the AFC title and the Super Bowl.
Manning left the team's headquarters without speaking to the media. He was noncommittal about returning after a playoff loss to the Colts, but he determined he still had the health and hunger to keep playing at 39 for new coach Gary Kubiak.
Manning had a terrific first half of last season but his play slipped dramatically in the second half, when a nagging thigh injury affected his accuracy.
Wilfork, Pats parting ways
Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said he will not be back with the Patriots next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls as the defense's cornerstone. Wilfork tweeted that the team told him it will not be picking up his option for 2015, making him eligible for free agency.
He was due to receive a $4-million roster bonus by Monday and would have gotten $14 million over the next two seasons if it had been picked up. The Patriots did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Dockett signs with 49ers
Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has signed a two-year contract with the 49ers after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with the Cardinals. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal. Dockett, 33, sat out all of 2014 after suffering a knee injury in training camp.
Around the league
A league spokesman said Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be-free-agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list. However, Hardy's playing status remains in limbo. He was scheduled to meet with NFL officials yesterday in New York to discuss his domestic violence case, but no resolution has been announced . . . Two of the Raiders' major free-agent acquisitions from last season no longer are with the team. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement after nine seasons and defensive end LaMarr Woodley was released . . . The Panthers announced they have signed tight end Greg Olsen to a three-year contract extension . . . The Bengals agreed to a three-year deal with linebacker Rey Maualuga . . . The Cowboys kept slot receiver Cole Beasley, who signed a four-year contract reportedly worth about $14 million . . . Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said he has restructured his contract to help with the team's salary cap. -- AP