Is the Tim Tebow era over in Denver? It appears that the former Florida Gator’s last win as a Denver Bronco will have been the overtime playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen andAdam Schefter report that Peyton Manning has begun negotiations with John Elway in the Mile High city.
This marriage, and potentially subsequent divorce, combines two of the biggest storylines to exist within the 2011 NFL season. Manning’s injury-plagued season and inherent what-ifs surrounding his future clashed with the Tebowmania that lit up the land as the quarterback of questionable skill set took the Broncos to the playoffs on the shoulders of several wins hinged on late-game heroics.
The Broncos will reportedly shop Tebow, a former first-round draft pick, in attempt to not only clear space for the arriving Manning but to sell high on the surprisingly successful season.
This move all but removes the chances of a Matt Hasselbeck arrival in Cleveland with the Tennessee Titans falling in line as a runner-up in the Manning sweepstakes — the quarterback made personal phonecalls to Tennessee and San Francisco to make them aware of his decision. Knowing that the Cleveland Browns are in the market for an accurate, high-volume passer, is assumed that Tebow’s availibility does not move the needle in Berea.
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