Peyton Manning Leaves Colts to Play in Denver
Peyton Manning, who sat out last year to nurse a severe neck injury, has signed a mega-million dollar contract with Denver.
Peyton moves to Denver
Peyton Manning, arguably the best pro football quarterback of all time, has turned in his spikes in Indianapolis to play for a team whose fans are hungry for the reincarnation of John Elway. Elway, Executive Vice-President for Football Operations, announced today that the Denver Broncos have signed Manning to a five-year, 90 million dollar contract.
During his fourteen season tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning amassed an unheard of total of 54,828 yards passing and 399 touchdowns. In 11 of 13 seasons in which he was active, the Colts won at least ten games .
What about Tebow?
John Elway has never been high on the talents of Tim Tebow, who was wildly popular with Denver's fans in his rookie season last year. It seems Tebow's popularity with Denver fans stemmed as much from his widely self-advertised Christian faith as for his ability on the gridiron. Tebow, while exciting to watch, was a truly sub-par passer, completing only 45% of his passes in a season when Denver won eight games, lost eight, and barely inched into the playoffs.
Forty-Niners in the mix
Manning also worked out for the San Francisco Forty-Niners last week at their training camp in Santa Clara, California, but it was thought that Manning chose Denver because he has been a long-time friend of Elway's.
Alex Smith, the Niners quarterback, was clearly miffed by his team's interest in Manning. Smith is a free agent and made contact with the Miami Dolphins this week, who have expressed an interest in him. It remains to be seen what the Forty-Niners will do with Smith.