Yesterday was a big day for the Denver Broncos as they began the signing process to acquire, free agent and future hall of fame quarterback, Peyton Manning. The deal will be officially announced today.
The signing of Peyton Manning seems like it will lead to the trading of Tim Tebow. Tim Tebow lead the Broncos to the NFL playoffs last year, but never seemed to gain the approval of the higher ups (John Elway) in Denver. It seems that Tebow and Manning don’t want to play nice together, so off goes Tebow.
Since Tim Tebow is from Florida and played college football at the University of Florida and the obvious trade partners initially linked to Tebow are the Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.
I’ve read that Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots loves Tebow and may trade for him and use him all over over the field. This makes sense. This morning Dan Patrick made mention that the Philadelphia Eagles make sense since they already have a left handed, running quarterback.
I haven’t read anything about the New York Jets as a trade partner, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they threw their hat in the ring for Tebow. Since the signing of Brett Favre, the Jets have made it clear that they want players that will sell football jerseys and get headlines of the local papers. As a Jets fan, I hope they don’t do this. We’ll see.
The other thing that the Manning signing did was change the Denver Broncos odds to win the Super Bowl. Before signing Manning the Broncos were 20-1 to win the Super Bowl. After the signing the odds were cut in half to 10-1.
I expect that to fall further. The NFL Network had a poll asking viewers how well the Broncos would do next season and 75% said that they’d go to the Super Bowl. The more people that bet on the Broncos, the further the odds will fall.
Personally, I don’t see the Broncos having a much better record than they had last year. They have the 2nd most difficult schedule in the league and they still don’t have anyone for Manning to pass to, if he’s even healthy enough to be what he was before the injuries.
When it’s all said and done, I don’t really care how the Broncos do. If Manning is going to play, I just don’t want to see him get paralyzed.