Tim Tebow to Jets: Why the Denver Broncos Are Huge Winners

Scotty McGrawCorrespondent IIIMarch 21, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos rushes against Eric Smith #33 of the New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Jets 17-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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First reported by Jay Glazer, the Denver Broncos have traded quarterback Tim Tebow for two draft picks to the New York Jets, according to ESPN.

The Broncos are huge winners from the deal. Why? They no longer have to deal with the distractions that closely follow behind Tebow.

Tebowmania would have immediately taken a toll on newly acquired quarterback Peyton Manning. If No. 18 had one rough game, a few fans would start rallying up the Tebow chants, and more would follow.

The Broncos can now get back to football. They can focus on the X's and O's rather than having to keep an eye on Tebowmania. Manning can sit back and do what he does best, without the worry that Tebow is in his shadow.

Yes, the Broncos have to start a search for the right backup for Manning, but that is no problem. They can use a second- or third-round pick to select a quarterback to develop under Manning. Potential quarterbacks that the Broncos may select are Nick Foles and Kirk Cousins.

Brandon Weeden was an option, but he is 28 years old. By the time Manning's five year deal expires, Weeden will already be 33. The Broncos can't afford to waste a high-round pick on him. 

Tebow was going to be a major distraction, even with Manning commanding the team. Even though No. 18 is clearly a much better quarterback, fans could even have been yearning for a package play or two for Tebow.