Peyton Manning is officially a member of the Denver Broncos, and now fans are left wondering: What’s next?
The Broncos and Manning agreed to a five-year, $96 million deal which is absolutely incredible considering Manning’s age and recent health conditions, but there has been extensive research done on the part of teams regarding Manning’s health, and while he doesn’t feel 100 percent right now, John Elway said at today’s press conference that Manning assured him he could get back to his old form, and that there was “no doubt in his mind” about it.
One thing that really stood out to me about Manning’s press conference was his willingness to answer any and all kinds of questions with patience, honesty, and enthusiasm. Even the (old lady?) people who asked about Tim Tebow’s fan base and what Manning would say to them, he was absolutely pure class.
Being that I have never covered Manning before, that’s something that came as a bit of a surprise to me. Unlike the character he portrayed on Saturday Night Live, Manning appears to be an incredibly nice guy who is all about business and winning football games, but he understands the process and he is very aware of people’s feelings.
In regards to Tebow, which everyone and their dog is wondering, Manning was excited about the possibility of becoming his teammate but realizes the business side involved. By no means at any point did Manning infer that he was coming in to take Tebow’s job, but that the two could absolutely co-exist and make each other better.
John Elway wasn’t so sure about that, though he didn’t rule out Tebow returning. Elway said the team may trade Tebow, and that is something that they are going to go back and look at. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said suitors are already lining up, including Jacksonville, Miami, Green Bay, and New York, and that a deal for Tebow will be done.
What’s next for the Broncos? Well, according to ESPN, the Broncos will play host to former New Orleans cornerback Tracy Porter, who ironically picked off Manning in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago and made one of the biggest plays in New Orleans team history.