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It really comes down to what Denver, versus the other potential suitors, can provide Manning in the way of a nucleus that is built on upon his arrival.
Denver has all the required pieces according to David Krause of the Denver Post.
In his piece, Krause interviews CBS veteran coverage-man and longtime fried of Manning, Jim Nantz. Nantz goes on to say:
He said Manning’s meticulous nature means he’ll put together the best case for his next team.
“When he’s been going on the barnstorming tour, he’s got to be saying: Is the team committed to winning? With Denver, check ‘yes.’
“Does the team have a nucleus of players who if I come in I can help them win? Check ‘yes’ for Denver.
“If I’m healthy, is this team capable of winning and going to win another Super Bowl? Check ‘yes.’
Manning is at the point in his career—his life—where the thought of building from scratch is just burdensome. What Manning would bring to the table is essentially the only missing piece in the Bronco's equation. It was what Tebow tried mightily and still failed to deliver.
The Broncos have a history of winning, they're well-versed in fostering great quarterback talent. It would also be somewhat of a storybook finish for Manning to go out winning big as a Bronco, much the same way that Elway did over a decade ago.
Regardless of whether Tebow stays or gets traded away to say, Jacksonville or Kansas City, Manning will make it work. That's what he's done for 14 years.
If at the end of it all Tebow does stay and becomes an understudy to one of the greatest ever, then consider it an added blessing to the people of Denver. After Manning walks away, Tebowmania can resume and will be bigger and better than ever.
In short, the city of Denver wins and that's the most important thing of all.