DENVER — Like clockwork, during Peyton Manning‘s introductory press conference on Tuesday afternoon the conversation switched from Manning being a Denver Bronco to Tim Tebow. It was as intricate as one of the fourth-quarter game-winning drives led by Manning — or Tebow, for that matter – and the slug on the bottom of television screens flipped from ‘Manning: 5 years, $96-million’ to ‘What’s next for Tim Tebow?’
Then came the reports: the New York Jets are apparently interested, the speculation that Tebow could be reunited with Josh McDaniels who is now with the New England Patriots. Reports that he told a friend’s wife that he wanted to play in the South again, the Green Bay Packers are possibly interested, and on and on.
John Elway stated during the Manning press that the would do what is the right thing for Tebow. With all of these teams interested in the services of young Tebow what team makes the most sense? Which one is the most obvious?
Believe it or not, it’s the Broncos.
If the name of the game is winning then it makes a lot of sense to keep the quarterback who won eight games — including a playoff game — for your franchise last season. Every single justification that has been mentioned for Denver trading Tebow can be shot right back as a reason justifying retaining Tebow for the 2012 season.
It’s not about hurt feelings and egos, Tebow is familiar with the offense, the coaches and players are familiar with his strengths. The fact is Manning sat out all of last season and his injury could very well be re-aggravated. Why wouldn’t the Broncos keep Tebow? A fifth round draft pick simply will not do this time. Tebow is not Kyle Orton, Tebow was a starting quarterback last season. He’s not a player who is going to sulk on the sideline and as the Denver front office has seen, he’s well worth the Tebowmania headache.
It’s not as if Mile High will be filled with chants for Tebow this season with Manning on the field. What do the Broncos have to lose, oher than a possible late-round draft pick and one of the most prolific players the NFL has seen in some time?
Ian Henson is a Denver transplant via New York City via Wyoming. He’s a writer by birth and has been known to direct and produce often. He has covered the Denver Broncos for various outlets since 1999 and is currently at work on several pilots for his own television network.