The Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers had also been rumored to be in the running, but the stability of the Broncos franchise, the leadership of John Elway and convenience of playing in the AFC West may have all been factors that contributed to Manning's decision.
Manning's signing will also afford him the opportunity to compete for another championship while playing outside of both the NFC (to avoid competition with his younger brother Eli Manning) and the AFC South (to prevent a Brett Favre-like situation).
The Broncos were only one game away from the AFC Championship last season with Tim Tebow under center.
There can be no doubt that Manning will provide the Broncos with a much needed upgrade at the game's most important position. His arrival will also call into question the future of Tebow, who’s ability to throw the football has often been criticized.
Will Tebow be benched so that the least accurate quarterback in the NFL may have the opportunity to learn from a man who has been arguably the most accurate passer in NFL history?
Or will the Broncos decide to trade Tebow in return for more ammunition to help Manning win the franchise another championship?
Only time will tell, but it is clear that the Denver Broncos' aggressive approach helped land them the hottest free agent in NFL history.
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