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Manning chooses Broncos, leaving Tebow odd man out

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"Tebowmania" has come to an end in Denver. On Monday Peyton Manning made his choice for what team he will play for in the 2012 season and it's the Denver Broncos. His decision came down to either the Broncos or the San Francisco 49ers, with the Tennessee Titans on the outside looking in. His relationship with former Broncos QB and now head of football operations, John Elway, helped lead Manning to his decision. Sources close to Manning said that his head was telling him San Francisco, but his heart said Denver.

 "I realize I don't have 14 years left, by any means," Manning said. "This isn't something where I'm just building a foundation to do something in two years or three years. This is a now situation. We're going to do whatever we can to win right now. That's all I'm thinking about right now." Manning said as he was introduced to the media, Tuesday.

The Broncos signed Manning to a 5-year, $96 million deal, showing how much confidence that he can still play like an all star and in Manning as the leader of their offense.

"He's a guy that raises all boats. He's already made (his teammates) better, and they haven't met him yet just because of the type of person he is, his reputation and what he's done in this league. So, he's just going to have a tremendous effect on the Denver Broncos." Elway said.

Huge fallout from this deal is Denver having to trade Tim Tebow. After one of the most exciting and crazy seasons in Broncos history and becoming a nationwide icon, he will leave Denver and bring "Tebowmania" to another city.

"I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, what kind of person he is ... and what an awesome year he had this year. If Tim Tebow is here next year, I'm going to be the best teammate I can be to him; he and I are going to help this team win games. If other opportunities present themselves to him, I'm going to wish him the best." Manning said.

Last season, Tebow led the Broncos to a division title and a playoff victory, but along with his success came some failure that made people question whether he should be a starting QB. In his final game as a Bronco he played the worst game of his career as Denver was blown out 45-10. Many people still believe in Tebow and it won't be long before he is back on the field starting for his new team.

"Tim Tebow's a great kid. If I want someone to marry my daughter, it's him," Elway said.

Getting back to Manning, this move definitely makes them a playoff team and division winner. What we don't know is deep into the playoffs he can take them. For me, this makes them the best team in the AFC. Now that they have an elite QB with their great defense they have a perfect balance and will be very tough to beat. The Denver Broncos will represent the AFC in Super Bowl 47.

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Colts cut ties with Manning

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                                                         Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning

After 14 years, the Indianapolis Colts will release all-pro quarterback Peyton Manning. Last season the Colts suffered through a long 2-14 season while rotating between two QBs as Manning recovered from multiple neck surgeries. On Tuesday, the Colts made the tough decision to cut ties with Manning and allow him to sign with any team starting March 13. The Colts are now looking toward the future and using the number one overall pick in the draft on Stanford QB Andrew Luck.  

In 1998, the Colts used the number one overall pick on Manning, beginning the most historic era in franchise history. In his time with the Colts, Manning was selected to 11 Pro Bowls, was a 4 time MVP and had a Super Bowl victory in two appearances. He ends his Colts career as the franchise's all-time leader in all major QB categories.

The teams expected to reach out to Manning are the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. The teams that will make the strongest push will be the Dolphins and Cardinals. Manning has recently said that he will go to the team with the best chance at winning a championship in the next year or two. With that being said, I think his best decision is to join the Cardinals.

Joining the Cardinals gives Manning the best chance at winning a championship in the near future. As we saw when they had Kurt Warner at QB they are a great QB away from a Super Bowl appearance. Now if they can get an elite QB like Manning, there is nothing stopping them from winning a Super Bowl. Giving him an elite receiver in Larry Fitzgerald and an up and coming running back in Beanie Wells, they could become one of the top offenses in the league. Like the Colts, the Cardinals are a dome team to give him a comfortable environment. They even have their 2012 schedule to offer, as they play 10 teams that had eight or fewer wins last season.

The only flaw the Cardinals have is their offensive line, but that can be easily and cheaply fixed in the draft with their pick at number 13. The Cardinals offer him great stadium conditions with a dome, an easy schedule and the best win-now roster. The choice is simple; the Cardinals offer everything he could ever want in a team at the end of his career.

Rams will trade the number 2 overall pick

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 Where will Robert Griffin III play next season? This is now the burning question on NFL fans' minds. On Monday, the St. Louis Rams revealed that they are willing to trade the number two overall pick in April's draft. The Rams are expected to ask for a number one pick in this year's and next year's draft and two other picks in return. As of now there are three teams interested: the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins.

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With Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn available and not much to offer, the Dolphins will probably drop out of the running. Of the three teams the Browns have the most to offer and the least to lose, since they have two first round picks, but the team most likely to make the trade is the Redskins. They are definitely the most desperate and would benefit the most from Griffin. Last season the Redskins were a mess at quarterback. They rotated between two below average QBs hoping something would work, but it obviously didn't.

With a QB like RG3, the Redskins can be a worst to first team. Griffin would give their offense new life and dimensions they never had before. With his size, athleticism and if he can keep turnovers to a minimum, he could be one of the top passing and rushing QBs. If the Redskins can improve their already decent defense, they will definitely become a contender for the division championship and maybe the Super Bowl a few years down the road. Doing so won't be difficult. Like Michael Vick for the Philadelphia Eagles, RG3 will make players want to come to Washington. With how exciting of a playmaker he can be, other players will feed off that and they will want to be a part of it.

The Redskins have to get Griffin. This is a guy who can be the face of the franchise for years to come, which is something they haven't had in a long time. He has the "it" factor that will make him an instant star. Washington gives RG3 a place to have success, the Redskins the franchise player they always wanted and the fans a new hero in a town that hasn't had one in a long time.

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Robert Griffin III as a Washington Redskin 

 

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