DENVER — On the day the Denver Broncos celebrated the arrival of Peyton Manning, all the action photos of Tim Tebow that once graced the hallways at the team facility were gone.
How’s that for a subtle hint?
Though executive John Elway and coach John Fox wouldn’t exactly come out and say it, the Tebow era in Denver looks to be all but over.
At a news conference Tuesday to introduce Manning, Elway said he’s exploring all his options for Tebow, the incredibly popular and polarizing quarterback who led the Broncos back to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2005.
“Tim Tebow is a great kid. If I want someone to marry my daughter, it would be him,” Elway said. “But I think with the opportunity to have Peyton Manning’s services, we had to take advantage of that. Now that it’s happened, we have to go back and address Tim and see what the best situation is for the Denver Broncos as well as him.”
Although disappointed at Manning’s decision to come to Denver, Tebow took the news in stride during a phone conversation with Elway.
“He’s said, ‘Well, we’re talking about Peyton Manning. I understand exactly what you’re doing,’” Elway explained. “He was very, very positive.”
The next step in the process might be finding a trade partner, but the Broncos are in no hurry to do so. As for an outright release, well, the Broncos said no way.
“He’s a first-round pick,” Broncos general manager Brian Xanders said. “He’s just won the division, we were 1-4 at the time, he’s got a guaranteed contract. I can’t see that.”
Despite speculation that he might be traded to Miami, that is likely not the case.
A person familiar with the situation said Tebow would not fit the West Coast offense the Dolphins plan to install this season under first-year coach Joe Philbin.