Seriously, how many years does Peyton Manning have left? Even if he starts for the Denver Broncos, how long will he play? Will one good hit send him into retirement? It looks like John Elway is ready to gamble his reputation and the future of the Broncos on Manning while potentially trading Tim Tebow as a result. From Yahoo Sports:
As with any NFL news — be it free agency, the draft, various bounties, or anything else, the focus will eventually come around to one thing: How does Tim Tebow factor into this? And so it has become with Peyton Manning’s journey through an NFL in which he doesn’t have a team for the first time since early 1998. Manning spent a good deal of Friday and Saturday in the company of the Denver Broncos, who reportedly impressed the future Hall-of-Famer with their plans for the present and future. Manning then flew to Arizona, where he’s currently hanging out with the Cardinals, who would very much like to forget last year’s Kevin Kolb mistake.
That said, if Manning decides that the Broncos are his future team, what on earth happens to Tim Tebow? Nicole Darin, a sports anchor at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida, recently reported that Tebow was so “rattled” by Manning’s visit with John Elway and the rest of the Broncos’ brass, he decided not to speak with the media during any of the public appearances he’s making in Florida over the weekend to benefit wounded veterans. Per Pro Football Talk, Darin took down her original tweet saying as much when Tebowmaniacs descended upon her by way of the interwebs.
According to PFT’s Mike Florio, Tebow has every right to be rattled. Florio wrote that according to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Broncos would most likely not keep Tebow and have him learn the finer points of the position from Manning — more likely, Tebow would be traded. Or, at least the attempt would be made — you have to imagine that the rest of the NFL watched the Broncos’ 2011 season with rapt interest and wondered if whatever Tebow brings to the table is worth the fanaticism and fury of a fanbase so bent on their Tebow love…
Best case scenario, Manning leads the Broncos to the playoffs, you know, what Tebow just did. Maybe even Manning helps the Broncos win a Super Bowl. But who is to say that Tebow cannot do that as well. I will tell you one thing.
I will not be getting new Manning jerseys for my twin boys if he becomes the quarterback of the Denver Broncos and Tim Tebow gets traded as a result.