Broncos Manning Up
The Peyton Manning saga came to a close this week when Manning told his agent to complete a deal with the Denver Broncos. Although he was once the star quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, the Colts chose not to take a chance on him this season after his neck surgery. Instead, they chose to take their chances on a new recruit in the 2012 NFL Draft. It is assumed that they will take Andrew Luck for the first overall pick.
Manning’s choice in teams has a lot to do with the Broncos’ owner and long time player, John Elway. Elway, a Hall of Fame quarterback, will likely help aid Manning’s transition to the team, and help him become a greater threat to opposing teams. Manning is a player that can turn an organization around, and is known for making the small market players around him look better. In Manning’s rookie season, the Colts finished 3-13. In his second season, he reversed their record and led the Colts to a 13-3 season. There is no doubt that Manning will lead the Broncos to more points this year, reducing pressure on the defense.
The Titans, a supposed front-runner to get Manning, remain optimistic even after losing their bid. When talking to ESPN.com, Titans owner Bud Adams said, “Obviously I am disappointed, because I thought we would be a perfect fit…[however] at some point, we expect Jake [Locker] to be our future franchise quarterback.”
The Manning acquisition even raised tough questions within the Broncos’ organization as to what is next for Tim Tebow, their starter at the end of the 2011 season. As a result of Manning signing with the Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets, where he will compete for the starting spot with Mark Sanchez, who has already signed a five-year, $20.5 million contract. The Jets claim Tebow will play back-up, but a press conference held on his behalf upon arrival in New York signaled otherwise, as a conference is uncommon for players of no importance.