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Tim Tebow Traded to Jets: Replaced by Peyton Manning, Broncos Star Moves On

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Peter CollinsContributor IMarch 21, 2012

New York will become home to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, as the Jets have reportedly traded their fourth-round pick in April's 2012 NFL draft for the up-and-coming sensation, according to ESPN.

Tebow's future had been undecided the last few days since the Broncos signed one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game as a free agent, Peyton Manning. Manning signed a five-year contract last week with Denver worth $96 million after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts in a cost-cutting move.

This meant Tim Tebow would have had to stand in the shadow of Manning for a couple of seasons, which actually may not have done him any harm had he stayed. Since he is only young, he still has a lot to learn, and is there anybody else out there better to learn from other than Manning himself?

Adding the wisdom of Peyton Manning to the power and skills that Tebow already possesses could have potentially turned him into an even greater quarterback in years to come. But sadly we won't get to experience this—then again, who's to say that he won't become one of the greats anyway?

But what the Jets get out of this deal is a player who has proven himself as a leader, a fighter and a player ready to push the boundaries for his teammates and himself. He is a player that can create positive things for this New York side and, given time, bring them back to prominence.

Overall it is a solid move for Tebow, and it will be interesting to see how both quarterbacks fare at their respective new clubs next season.

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