Manning In Denver; What About Tebow?

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With Peyton Manning traveling to Denver to meet with the Broncos; the first question on the mind of all Florida Gators and some Broncos fans is, what about Tim Tebow?

Tebow led the Broncos through an up-and-down season in 2011, but did help the team secure a playoff berth. He then followed that up with a solid performance leading the Broncos to a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs.

But, throughout the season, it pained Broncos president John Elway to see Tebow doing so well. It was a no-win situation for Elway. If Tebow played well, then the pressure to keep him on the field would be intense.

If Tebow played poorly, then the Broncos would fall and ticket sales and other keys elements of the franchise would suffer. The Broncos stuck with Tebow and the team ended up in the playoffs, but now Elway has a way out of Tebowmania.

The only way the Broncos could move Tebow out of the starting lineup would be to sign a quarterback with a bigger name than Tebow. Currently, there are only three quarterbacks who fit that mold: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning.

The first two are obviously not available, but with Manning now a free agent; the Broncos can legitimately move Tebow out in favor of Manning without inciting a massive fan revolt.

Additionally, the Broncos have close to $50 million in cap space heading into the 2012 NFL calendar year. So, theoretically, they could frontload a massive deal to pay Manning far more than almost anyone else could offer.

The Broncos could then use more of that money to sign parts to go around Peyton. The Broncos have a solid receiving corps and Willis McGahee showed new legs last season while playing with the Broncos. Adding in Manning would instantly make the Broncos the favorites in the AFC West.

But, don’t count out other teams just yet. Manning will be meeting with the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend and is set to meet with the Miami Dolphins sometime before Tuesday. Arizona is tight up against the salary cap and would need to make some major changes to acquire Manning.

The Dolphins are ready to sign Manning and insert him into the starting lineup. There would be no quarterback controversy in South Florida, and Manning and his wife already live down here, which can influence a decision in a big way.

The Broncos are just the first leg of Manning’s free agent tour. Tim Tebow could play a role in the final decision of the Broncos, but Manning will get his fill of other teams before making a final decision. Remember, the last time he was heavily recruited, he was 18-years-old and choosing his college.

  • Victor Barney

    I wouls like him in miami for sure, but if he does not want to be there because of the media, I DO NOT WANT HIM—PERIOD! Just saying…

  • Kilroy

    the Broncos should go ahead and trade Tebow…I hope Tebow finds a team that wants him. Elway and Fox set Tebow up for failure. Tebow is a champion. Despite a subpar team, subpar coaches, and management that traded away his best receiver before his first start, Tebow found a way to win.

  • JBar595

    Elway was a terrific QB, but as a human being, a waste of oxygen and his team without Tebow would reflect it.

  • Cody

    Miami will get Matt Flynn. Mark it.

  • Smilinjack

    I like Manning, I like Tebo. I’m a Miami fan I want Manning to sigh with anybody but the Dolphins. Even if he is as good as he was, ya gotta ask yourself…………..For how ling? The guy is no spring chicken!! If he went to Miami he would be a hit for a year or, 2 at best! Just my humble opinion.

  • Smilinjack

    Matt Flynn is good…………….:-)

  • Smilinjack

    Why do old QB’s make such pee poor managers………Elway is a PRIME example.

  • Bruce

    Tebow to New England. Bill Belichick wanted to draft him in the third round a few years ago. Remember, Bill knows how to get the best out of what he has and he is a close friend of Tebow’s college coach, Urban Meyer. He would have pulled that trigger had Tebow be available. Geez, Brady at QB and Tebow in the backfield? What a nightmare for NFL defensive coaches!

  • Bronco Fan

    I agree, Tebow deserves to play somewhere that he’s welcome. Just look at this article… he’s a young QB and already mentioned in the same breath with Rodgers, Brady and Manning.

    Wherever he ends up is going to be laughing at the Broncos and Elway for a decade.

    How will Elway explain himself if once he trades away a guy who can win games and sell tickets and then Manning get injured again?

  • Dave Kreig

    With all the talk about Peyton going to the Broncos and Tebow getting dumped, I think it would be hilarious if Peyton signed with the Arizona or Seattle, and Tebow decided to go back to Florida….. It would be fun to watch Elway have to suit-up again and go out and take those shots at his age.

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