Peyton Manning's reported decision to sign with the Denver Broncos, an announcement made this morning that has since multiplied and replenished the Twitter earth, signals the end of Tim Tebow's improbable run in the Mile High City.
It has been heavily reported that the Broncos, once Manning's deal is finalized, will shop Tebow. Expect a few teams to inquire. While Tebow is not a prototypical quarterback, he is a fan-favorite who could flourish in a system that exploits his running abilities.
Tebow was 8-5 last season, including a surprising playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was thought to be entrenched as the team's starter until Manning became available after being cut by the Indianapolis Colts.
The Tebow train will make its next stop at one of these three destinations:
The location makes plenty of sense. Tebow is a local legend after growing up in the area and leading the University of Florida to two BCS championships.
Rookie Blaine Gabbert was a mess last season, and he needs more time to develop. A little competition wouldn't hurt either. Tebow could be the team's stopgap until Gabbert is ready to take the reigns.
A stopgap that sells a lot of tickets.
Again, Tebow is a hero in this state. And the Dolphins need a hero. They also need a quarterback after striking out with Manning, Matt Flynn and possibly Alex Smith.
Matt Moore is a serviceable starter, but he's not the answer to their struggles. Tebow, hardly a solution either, is a more intriguing option. The Dolphins already have a talented defense, and a backfield of Tebow and Reggie Bush would cause headaches for opposing defenses.
It would be fun to watch too.
This is an out-of-the-box approach to the situation. Obviously, the Saints have Drew Brees, a future Hall of Famer, as their clear starter. Tebow could step in as a backup and in Wildcat and other formations. Sean Payton, an offensive genius, is surely laughing maniacally at the possibilities with Tebow in a Saints uniform.
Sure, Tebow wants to be a quarterback, but more importantly, he wants to play the game of football. He's too much of a competitor to be content holding a clipboard.
New Orleans may give him the best chance to see the field and do what he loves.
One thing's for sure, though: Tebow is aboard the train headed out of Denver.