After a tumultuous, storied two weeks, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has made his decision of where to play in 2012 and beyond.
No. 18 will be a Denver Bronco. Manning picked the Broncos over the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, and, most recently, the San Francisco 49ers.
The Broncos, Niners, and Titans were Manning’s top three teams. The future Hall of Famer also visited with the Cards and ‘Phins, but both teams dropped out of the Manning race. The Seahawks and Chiefs were the first two teams to exit the Manning sweepstakes.
The Broncos are immediately AFC West favorites. Denver can now resign all or most of its free agents, and because Manning went to Denver, a few of No. 18’s former teammates are likely to sign with the franchise, also.
C Jeff Saturday, Manning’s snapper for more than ten years, is visiting with the Broncos. Either Dallas Clark or Jacab Tamme—two Colt free agent tight ends—is expected to sign with Denver. WR Brandon Stokley—a former Colt and Bronco—could also hop on the Manning express.
All aboard, you might say. However Tim Tebow, the Broncos’ 2011 star, celebrity, and hero, is likely to not be in Bronco blue and orange next season.
Tebow has reportedly been placed on the trade block. Potential suitors notably include the New England Patriots and the Dolphins. If Tebow is not a Bronco in 2012, Denver will need a backup, as former backup quarterback Brady Quinn has signed with the Chiefs.
A sports decision this significant hasn’t been witnessed since LeBron James had his infamous TV special. While the quarterback didn’t take his talents to South Beach, Manning will bring Denver to heights it hasn’t reached since John Elway was quarterbacking the team.