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Report: Peyton Manning Chooses Denver Broncos

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 07:  Peyton Manning attends a press conference announcing Manning's release from the Colts at Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center on March 7, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Joey Foley/Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMarch 19, 2012

It wasn’t about wining and dining for Peyton Manning. It was about meetings and more meetings. To say Peyton Manning was thorough in his process of picking the next chapter of his NFL life would be a major understatement. His decision does not come as a surprise.

Peyton Manning chose to stay in the AFC, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. He is more familiar with the conference, plus it keeps the dream alive for a Manning Brother Super Bowl.

Peyton does not inherit a great surrounding cast offensively, but he has been known to make those around him better. He does have a promising young receiver in Demaryius Thomas.

The Broncos also offer a firm commitment to provide an adequate running game. The Broncos led the league last year with 2,632 rushing yards.

Obviously a lot of the running was because they had Tim Tebow at quarterback. Not only is that a strength of Tebow’s game, but it also helped hide the serious flaw in his game: his passing ability.

If Peyton is healthy, that will not be a problem.

The Broncos also offer Peyton a rock-solid defense and play in a very winnable division.

A Peyton Manning signing will give John Elway the out he was looking for to get rid of Tim Tebow, if he so chooses. If it were any other available QB, there would have been backlash, but how can you be upset with your team for going after a future first-ballot Hall of Famer?

If they choose not to trade Tebow, he has one heckuva quarterback to learn from. Tebow and Peyton both have a tremendous work ethic. There isn’t likely a better QB for Tebow to work with.

It will be interesting to see if San Francisco is able to bring back Alex Smith after courting Peyton or if they burned that bridge.


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