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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:26

Peyton Manning picks the Broncos

Score one — a big one — for John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

Despite not being a favorite at the opening of the Peyton Manning free-agency proceedings, Denver swooped in and stole the future Hall of Famer, as news came Monday that Manning had decided to play for the Broncos and instructed his agent to begin negotations with the team. That news left the Titans, 49ers and others as disappointed bystanders.

Manning’s move from Indianapolis to Denver could make the Broncos the team to beat in the AFC West, assuming Manning returns to full health before the season. His current conditioning level has been one of the ongoing mysteries in this drawn-out situation, with conflicting reports about how far along he is in his rehab, how comfortable he is throwing the football and so on.

Denver, understandably, is willing to take the risk.

A franchise that has been searching for an elite quarterback ever since Elway retired needed Elway himself to seal the Manning deal. Elway and the Broncos brass met with Manning in Durham, N.C., on Friday to discuss Manning’s future.

At the time of that meeting, there was widespread belief that the Tennessee Titans had leapfrogged into the Manning sweepstakes lead, thanks in part to a hefty contract offer.

But the Broncos reportedly matched Tennessee’s bid — Manning’s deal is expected to be worth $90 million-plus over five seasons, according to a report by Mike Klis of The Denver Post — giving Elway an opportunity to close. And just as he did so many times throughout his storied career, Elway did just that.

A move to Denver brings with it a host of obstacles for Manning: A shaky receiving corps, difficult weather conditions and a murderous 2012 schedule (including the Texans, Saints, Ravens and Patriots), to name a few.

Still, the Broncos did manage to steal the AFC West and knock off the Steelers in last year’s playoffs, despite their issues.

The biggest of those question marks came at quarterback, where Tim Tebow stepped in and memorably helped turn Denver’s 2011 season around. Tebow even tossed an OT touchdown in that postseason triumph over Pittsburgh and looked set to enter next season as the Broncos’ No. 1 QB.

Manning’s arrival obviously changes all of that. Denver now appears set to try to trade Tebow — if anyone has interest in the flawed, but exciting, quarterback.

Elway backed Tebow late in the year and into the start of this offseason, but even prior to the Manning courtship, the Broncos were in the market for a veteran quarterback to step in and push Tebow during training camp.

Instead, Manning will likely push the popular player out of town.

Where and when to deal Tebow will be Denver’s problem for another day. Right now, the Broncos have every right to celebrate Manning’s arrival, given the unlikelihood that this scenario would play out.

It may take Manning several more months to get into playing shape, and Denver now has to get to work surrounding its new franchise player with more talent, but there’s little question that the Broncos will consider themselves a threat in the AFC.

“Manning Watch” is over. “Tebow Watch” has just begun. And the AFC West might have just shifted rather decisively in Denver’s favor.


Source: SI.com


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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:32

I'll be getting my #18 Broncos jersey

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:37

As a Dolphins fan. Actually, as an NFL fan, this is just wrong. I didn't care much for the Broncos before, but now they are definitely on my sh*tlist. From Jay Cutler, to Kyle Orton, now Tim Tebow. They have treated all of their QBs like utter crap, even if they do good. They are among the worst franchises in NFL history in the way they treat players.

On a side note, I really hope Tebow doesn't come anywhere near Miami. Please, no.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:37

Damn it! I wanted him with the 49ers!!

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:38

Kind of hard to not fault him for not going with the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh is a prick after all, but out of the teams gunning for him, they have the best chance of repeating or going further than they did last season.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:39

Damn it! I wanted him with the 49ers!!


You guys have some serious damage control to do now. 49ers may be the ones this year SoL at the QB position after this fiasco.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:41

Denver is a contender

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:42

As a Dolphins fan. Actually, as an NFL fan, this is just wrong. I didn't care much for the Broncos before, but now they are definitely on my sh*tlist. From Jay Cutler, to Kyle Orton, now Tim Tebow. They have treated all of their QBs like utter crap, even if they do good. They are among the worst franchises in NFL history in the way they treat players.

On a side note, I really hope Tebow doesn't come anywhere near Miami. Please, no.


To be fair, Cutler, Orton, and Tebow are all poor QBs. Cutler and Tebow can have a few moments of talent at times, but Cutler is still a cry baby, and Tebow still can't throw consistently to save his life.

Granted I do agree that this move is a complete slap in the face to Tebow. You can't expect a guy to become great in one year. Denver is clearly too impatient to grow a team, and would rather try to buy their way to a super bowl. Going the Yankees route I see. :p

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:43

And his losing mentality just got the worst of him again. He got a better chance of winning rings with the 49's.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:48

Giants - Denver Superbowl would be pretty damn entertaining though. No doubt.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:48

To be fair, Cutler, Orton, and Tebow are all poor QBs. Cutler and Tebow can have a few moments of talent at times, but Cutler is still a cry baby, and Tebow still can't throw consistently to save his life.

Granted I do agree that this move is a complete slap in the face to Tebow. You can't expect a guy to become great in one year. Denver is clearly too impatient to grow a team, and would rather try to buy their way to a super bowl. Going the Yankees route I see. :p


Cutler is meh, yeah, I do agree. But Orton just needs the right setting I believe. He has had a rough career and hasn't really been dealt a good hand. I think once he does, he will be a good QB.

I hate the Florida Gators with a burning passion, so I have disliked Tebow from day one. I think he is a solid fullback or halfback, but definitely not a quarterback. He can't throw or read defenses at all. Still though, he did get them to the playoffs, so I guess that says something. Problem is with Tebow, is he is a left handed, running quarterback. That is a red flag for nearly every team right now, as most teams build up their left side to accommodate their QB. Tebow is in a bad situation now.... Maybe the Eagles will grab him? :p That is the only team currently fit for his playstyle.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 17:51

Cutler is meh, yeah, I do agree. But Orton just needs the right setting I believe. He has had a rough career and hasn't really been dealt a good hand. I think once he does, he will be a good QB.

I hate the Florida Gators with a burning passion, so I have disliked Tebow from day one. I think he is a solid fullback or halfback, but definitely not a quarterback. He can't throw or read defenses at all. Still though, he did get them to the playoffs, so I guess that says something. Problem is with Tebow, is he is a left handed, running quarterback. That is a red flag for nearly every team right now, as most teams build up their left side to accommodate their QB. Tebow is in a bad situation now.... Maybe the Eagles will grab him? :p That is the only team currently fit for his playstyle.


Haha! Yeah, Tebow could be benchwarmer behind Vick. He'd be guaranteed playing time for half the season after Vick gets his yearly beating. :rofl:

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 18:00

Haha! Yeah, Tebow could be benchwarmer behind Vick. He'd be guaranteed playing time for half the season after Vick gets his yearly beating. :rofl:


Ain't it the truth! Poor Vick, I like the Eagles, and I like Vick. They could go the double QB route, and have Vick and Tebow swap out. It'll work for one season, as other teams try and figure out WTF to do against them. But just like the 11-5 2009 Dolphins running the Wildcat, teams will and do figure it out by next season, so they would have to make a mad dash for the SB. I could see it happening, especially with Vince Young there to throw the longball.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 18:02

Giants - Denver Superbowl would be pretty damn entertaining though. No doubt.


Sorry Larry, Giants won't see another SB for at least three years. It's a cycle kind of thing, where they play mediocre until the fire's getting hot and they turn things around, playing solid ball straight to the Super Bowl as they've done twice now. If we happen to see a third match between Brady and Manning, I'll be sure to pick the Giants the next go around.

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 18:05

was kinda hoping he would end up in Tenn, where he went to college ... but oh well.