Peyton Manning Negotiating with Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow to Be Traded

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMarch 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots on November 21, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 31-28. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Peyton Manning saga is over.

According to Chris Mortensen, the Manning family's go-to guy, Manning is going to sign with the Denver Broncos. The final step will be finalizing the contract details, which is likely starting now that Manning has told his agent to begin negotiations.

Manning, who looked to be flirting with the San Francisco 49ers, will take the reins at quarterback from Tim Tebow. This leaves Tebow up for grabs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who reported via Twitter, "Now that Peyton Manning has directed his agent to get deal done with Denver, Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow."

Manning has been dragging the NFL community around for a couple of weeks now, but the roller coaster has finally stopped. 

Perhaps his decision was contingent upon the young receivers that he will work with, but most importantly for Manning is that he will remain in the AFC. 

Manning's decision was likely highly influenced by the presence of John Elway. Schefter also tweeted, "Peyton Manning called John Elway this morning to tell him he's looking forward to coming to play for him."

No matter what the deciding factor was, the fact is that the Broncos have a legitimate chance to go deep in the playoffs with a stellar defense, a duo of young receivers and a Hall of Fame quarterback.