It has been reported that Peyton Manning will sign with the Denver Broncos. I think this is an interesting choice for the all time great. Let’s take a look at some of the different aspects of Manning’s decision, how it will affect him, and how it will affect the Denver Broncos franchise.
1. Weather: Manning is accustomed to playing in a dome, and the different weather circumstances may pose a problem to his play.
2. Health: It remains to be seen how he can play after multiple neck surgeries, but Manning’s recent workouts seem to show an encouraging performance.
3. Lifestyle: Denver is a vibrant city that will be easy for Manning and his family to adjust to.
4. John Elway: Elway was able to come to Denver at an older age to win big, so why can’t Manning? Also, Elway is calling the shots here in Denver now, so Peyton has the perfect wing man to make a Super Bowl appearance and win.
5. Teammates: Manning has the promising Demaryius Thomas, his good friend Brandon Stokley to throw to, a solid running game, and a very good defense to back him up. It seems that he has the ideal surrounding cast to win big soon and for a few years in Denver.
6. Conference Play: Manning gets to stay in the familiar AFC while staying out of his brother Eli’s way in the NFC. How awesome would a Manning-Manning Super Bowl be? Pretty awesome.
7. Coaching staff: Having the experienced John Fox as coach will help Manning to succeed in Denver. The man knows what he is doing and is willing to adjust to any circumstances (e.g. Tim Tebow this past season).
8. Offensive control: Peyton Manning will basically be a secondary coach. It seems that they will give Manning a lot of control over the offense in Denver.
9. Money: It has been reported that Manning will get a deal around 5 years, $95 million. This, of course, is subject to change.
What happens to Tim Tebow now that Manning is coming to town? It is likely that Tebow will be traded to a team that is in need of a quarterback or is looking for a different kind of player to add to the locker room and field? Who knows, maybe he will stay in Denver. I doubt it, though.
Manning hasn’t officially signed his contract, but it is pretty clear that he will sign soon enough. Peyton Manning, welcome to Denver.
By: Brandon Klein
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