Peyton Manning set to join Broncos
Manning is due to finalise contract details with the Denver Broncos soon, paving the way for Tim Tebow to be traded, although to where we do not know.
Manning, voted the NFL player of the decade for the 2000’s by Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated, was released by Indiana Colts at the end of a 2011 season that he missed through injury. He has been in ongoing contract negotiations with several parties, including the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans, but it seems that he will now sign for the Broncos, after signalling his intent to vice President of football operations, John Elway.
Interestingly, Manning will replace Tim Tebow, who will be traded elsewhere. Tebow has gained unprecedented attention not only due to his dual-threat as a quarterback, but for his frequesnt demonstrations of religious devotion and unorthodox skill-set. Many teams will look to get their hands on Tebow, yet Broncos feel that they are on their way to replicating the successes they had with John Elway at quarterback. Elway won 2 Super Bowls, leading the team to three others, and was statistically the second most prolific passer in NFL history.
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper thinks that this Elway/Manning link up should persuade Tebow to stay where he is: "He's a young man, right? And a year or two of working under John Elway and Peyton Manning, you know, I'm not sure any other quarterbacks around the country get that opportunity,"
The Broncos will hope that the signing of Manning will propel them to the Superbowl in 2013, after they fell one game short last time around - losing 45-10 to the New England Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs. Interestingly, it was Peytons brother, Eli Manning, who won the Superbowl with the New York Giants, setting a new record with 9 consecutive completions at the start of the game. The Broncos will be hoping that it’s the older brothers turn to win the Superbowl next season.