Tim Tebow Trade: Denver Broncos Trading Tebow Is Addition by Subtraction

Thomas ConroyCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2012

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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Tebow Time may be over in Denver, but it isn’t dead just yet.

The Denver Broncos traded QB Tim Tebow to the New York Jets late Wednesday night for a couple draft choices. Tebow Time had to be discontinued in the Mile High City, as it was becoming more than just another sports story.

Some days you could read about him in the entertainment section, but always on the front page after pulling off another memorable comeback victory. Tebow was seen everywhere.

The beauty of his popularity is that everyone has a definitive opinion on Tebow’s playing ability. Some hardcore loyalists believe he will become an icon at the quarterback position, while others believe Tebow is the worst signal-caller in the history of the NFL, with no common ground between either side.

John Elway never truly bought into the Tebow phenomenon, even though he led his floundering team to an AFC West Division title. Only after gaining the Broncos first playoff home win in six years did Elway reluctantly accept Tebow as his starting quarterback. The simple truth to this situation was there wasn’t a better option available to him.

Then the Indianapolis Colts released QB Peyton Manning, and that changed everything. Suddenly, acquiring him became Elway’s top priority in the offseason, and once the front office was firmly convinced that Manning was healthy enough to play an entire season, Tebow Time officially ended in Denver.

Elway is the greatest Bronco of all time, and it had to sicken him that his team was becoming a sideshow attraction. His ultimate goal was finding someone that could throw the football, and now he has a quarterback that is just as good as he was. Arguably, some might consider Manning a better passer than Elway, but that’s a debate for another day.

Now, the Broncos are Manning’s team, and Denver can go back to becoming strictly a football town once again.

Tebow Time has officially gone out of business.


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