Peyton Manning to Broncos Report: How His Decision Changes Landscape of the NFL

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Peyton Manning to Broncos Report: How His Decision Changes Landscape of the NFL
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The wait is over.

Peyton Manning, four-time NFL MVP, will don No. 18 for the Denver Broncos next season. In the age of the "Twittersphere," the news came quickly and decisively via Chris Mortensen's Twitter account.

It seemed like forever waiting for Manning to wade through suitors from Washington to Arizona, Miami to Tennessee, from San Francisco before finally landing in Denver due to the intense media buzz surrounding maybe the biggest free-agent signing in the history of sports.

Parallels could be drawn between this indecisive-superstar-future-Hall-of-Fame-athlete-free agent and another whose decision left a permanent stigma around athletes and free agency and the new era of media via social networks. We're referring to LeBron James, of course, but obviously their respective free-agent merry-go-rounds were vastly different. 

The main difference lies in the impact immediately following the two inking their contracts. "The Decision" turned a superstar basketball player into a villainous character and turned a nation against him, and turned an owner to a raving lunatic quick on the Twitter-trigger (I'm looking at you, Dan Gilbert).

While Manning's choosing of Denver likely won't enrage any fanbases, it will instead alter the course of a number of franchises' and players' futures. 

Manning's decision wasn't The Decision, but nevertheless might go down as a paramount moment in the careers of Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, Jim Harbaugh, owner John Elway and, of course, Peyton himself.

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