Denver Broncos: Breaking Down the Peyton Manning Acquisition

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIMarch 19, 2012

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos meet at midfield after the game at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 26, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Colts defeated the Broncos 27-13  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Broncos won the highly-covered race for free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, and have reportedly placed fellow QB Tim Tebow on the trade block.

As the acquisition will go down as on the most significant moves in NFL history, Manning, Tebow and the Broncos will all be in completely different scenarios than the ones they were in in 2011.

Breaking Down Peyton Manning's Current Situation

No. 18 now has the advantage of playing in a high altitude, thus allowing the ball the travel longer distances due to the thin air. Manning has solid targets in Denver—Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Willis McGahee, to name a few—but the Broncos' current offensive weapons are none of the likes of the ones that Peyton possessed in Indianapolis.

Manning had WR's Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garçon and Austin Collie in 2010, and that trio easily out powers the Broncos' wideouts from a talent perspective. Additionally, TE Dallas Clark and C Jeff Saturday also paved the way for Manning's success.

Adding targets to Manning's offense would be beneficial both short-term and in the long run. The quarterback will throw for over 4000 yards this season, but bolstering the weapons by the likes of Mike Wallace or another big, fast and reliable target could shoot that number past the 5000 mark.

Breaking Down The Broncos' Current Situation

The Denver Broncos are now immediate favorites to win the AFC West, and are threats to go all the way. Since the Broncos are likely to draft multiple defensive players in the higher rounds this April, Denver might be able to withstand a late-January shootout from a team like the New England Patriots.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 24:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 40-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Broncos are in the makes of developing a lights-out defense, headlined by DE Elvis Dumervil, DE/OLB Von Miller and future Hall of Fame CB Champ Bailey. If the D can consistently hold teams to under 20 points, Denver will be an unstoppable powerhouse in no time.

With the growing defense and the addition of Manning, the Broncos are overall a much better team and a Super Bowl contender. 

Breaking Down Tim Tebow's Current Situation

Tim Tebow stole the hearts of Bronco fans with his miraculous comebacks, inspiring pep-talks and speeches along with his charitable work off the field. Tebow, however, has been put on the trade block.

The NFL has displayed that it is a business. Football is simply about winning. Yes, Tebow indeed fills the stands game in and game out, but he also plays horrifically unconventionally and throws the ball into the dirt far too much. He won the most of his games started last year, but opposing defenses were catching up to his read option shenanigans. 

Tebow's play has earned him a spot onto the trade block, and most likely he won't be donning a Bronco jersey again.

The former Florida Gator will likely to be headed to the Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, Jaguars or even the KC Chiefs. Unlike Manning, Tebow's future is uncertain.