Over the past two seasons with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow had developed a cult following with his late game heroics. Some of which was deserved with clutch play, but there were also fluky plays from opposing players involved and great play from their kicker Matt Prater. Despite the success with Tebow at the helm, it was clear that Elway and the rest of the front office were not pleased with the way the offense was ran. With such a large national following that Tebow had gained it became clear that getting rid of him was not going to be easy.
Then the Indianapolis Colts had a horrific season with Manning sidelined all year with neck problems. With the next quarterback prodigy (Andrew Luck) waiting to be drafted by the Colts, they made the logical move of parting ways with Peyton. For many, the news that Manning was signing a five year $96 million contract with Denver was quite a surprise. Not long after the Broncos traded Tebow away to the Jets. At this point my cynicism had already come to the conclusion that Manning was signed by the Broncos as a master plan to remove Tebow without having to answer all the questions why. However, I did not realize that Manning’s deal was only guaranteed for the current season at a tune of $18 million. If during the offseason he fails a neck examination the remainder of the contract could be voided. Manning in an interview with Woody Paige of the Denver Post, summarized it perfectly “End of the day, my contract really is only a one-year contract.”
With this in mind, it would not be a great shock if Peyton Manning only spent one season in Denver. John Elway said that he stood 100% behind Tim Tebow last season, and if you were naive enough to believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would like to sell you.