In a sudden–rather shocking–move by Peyton Manning, it was announced yesterday that he had finally made his choice of teams and will be playing for the Denver Broncos next season. Now Manning and Denver are working out the details of his contract, which could mean upwards of $95 million over the course of five years–quite a deal for a player who was out all of last season due to a string of neck injuries. But after passing all his physicals and displaying the throwing ability regained after his surgery, any worries the higher-ups in Denver had about his performance were soothed. Besides, Manning is a hot commodity– the NFL’s only four-time MVP–and before Denver snatched him up, he was also being courted by the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers. The move to Denver comes just weeks after the Indianapolis Colts released him rather than pay out a $28 million bonus.
Of course, many are wondering what this means for current QB Tim Tebow, who is rumored to be traded after Manning’s contract is complete.
More filed to ESPN: And now that Peyton Manning has directed his agent to get deal done with Denver, Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow.
Tebow is said to have energized the team last season and helped lead them to the playoffs, but despite having a large fan base, some in the sports world think his game is too erratic to make him a dependable quarterback. The Broncos Vice President of football operations John Elway, who has developed quite a close relationship with Manning over recent years and helped bring him over to Denver, never seemed too impressed with Tebow despite the buzz that has surrounded him since the beginning of his career.
Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers said about Tebow, “I wouldn’t say I feel bad for him. It’s a business. And I’m pretty sure Tim understands that. … We wish him luck, no matter what he does. I hope he’s here. He’s a great leader, a great locker room guy.”