The Manning Sweepstakes are finally over. Former Indianapolis Colt and legendary quarterback Peyton Manning will sign with the Denver Broncos. This brings to end one of the most followed NFL free agency periods of all time. Now the questions are: What will happen to current Denver starting quarterback Tim Tebow and to the other teams who coveted the 35 year old veteran?
There are rumors swirling about that Tebow will soon be shipped off to Florida. Despite the Jacksonville Jaguars recently signing quarterback Chad Henne, Tebow would bring instant celebrity to the team. He’d also do the same for the Miami Dolphins. Winning collegiate national championships at Florida will do that for you. Miami has also had discussions with quarterbacks Alex Smith and David Garrard. (Update: Garrard has since signed with Miami)
Obviously, the Broncos could choose to keep Tebow. Sitting behind a Hall of Famer has done wonders for other quarterbacks in the past. (Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn)
Another Manning suitor, the Seattle Seahawks, solved their quarterback issues over the weekend. The Pat Carrol led Seahawks signed Green Bay Packer back-up Matt Flynn over the weekend. And the Arizona Cardinals seem content with their quarterback project, Kevin Kolb, by allowing him to receive a $7 million incentive this past week.
Manning now takes over a Denver team who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs last season. He should improve their receiver core immediately, but expect Denver to become active in free agency. And don’t be surprised to see some of Manning’s old Colt teammates joining the Broncos soon.
The team who may suffer the most from the Manning signing is the San Fransisco 49ers. Although they became a late runner in the Manning Sweepstakes, they had the most to offer. Now, they are left without a quarterback. Although, negotiations with last year’s starter, Alex Smith, are still pending. If Manning had become a 49ers, the team would have became an instant favorite to win the Superbowl. I’m not sure the same could be said for the Denver Broncos.
Let the “Tebow-Watch” officially begin!