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Tebow/Elway engaged in he said/he said over trade choice/non-choice

Elway said Broncos gave Tebow a choice
blogs.denverpost.com

Elway, in an interview Thurdsay on 102.3 ESPN radio in Denver, said Jacksonville’s offer was actually worth slightly more than the offer from the Jets. Jacksonville’s draft slot is 10 places higher than the Jets in each round.

“There was more from Jacksonville, but I think that we looked at it and it was close enough, and we were in contact with Tim throughout the day, and talked to him,” Elway said. “He knew what was going on the whole time. The reports that he was not involved are not accurate.”

Tebow, in a conference call with New York reporters late Wednesday night, said the Broncos held “all the power.”

Clearly, Tim doesn't want any of his fellow Floridians thinking he chose the bright lights of New York over a chance to head home, right?

Free agents weren’t the only ones who couldn’t wait on Peyton Manning

Obituary For Dead Broncos Fan Says He Hated Peyton Manning And "Wanted Out Before A Deal Was Done"
deadspin.com

He sounds like a decent guy, and a big-time Broncos fan. But he was more the Tebow sort, according to the opening paragraph of his obituary in the Columbia Tribune:

James H. “Jim” Driver, 78, of Eagle, Colo., formerly of Columbia, passed away Monday, March 19, 2012, at South Hampton Place in Columbia after a brief illness. An avid Broncos fan, he abhorred Manning and evidently wanted out before a deal was done.

One assumes Jim's family and friends have a good sense of humor. 

Kiss those Mike Wallace dreams goodbye

The 49ers inquired about Mike Wallace but ...
blogs.sacbee.com

How much? A league source said that Wallace, 25, wants a contract that surpasses the eight-year, $120 million deal that Larry Fitzgerald signed last year with the Cardinals. Combine that with the first-round pick any team that signs Wallace to an offer sheet would lose if the Steelers didn’t match the offer, and you start to understand why we’ve heard so little about Wallace in the last week and a half.

Yeah, never mind.

Woody Paige taking Tebow trade better than expected

Woody Paige: Tim Tebow run out of Denver, but Broncos will never see another like him
www.denverpost.com

Why are the Broncos getting rid of Tebow? Because they signed Peyton Manning, and he’s the only (available) quarterback that could have displaced Tebow, and Elway et al. feel they can win the Super Bowl soon with Manning, probably not with Tebow.

Why did they not keep Tebow as the backup now and the starter in the future? Because it wouldn’t have worked. Tebow wouldn’t get the necessary work in practices or games to help his development as a passer.

Why didn’t the Broncos move him to another position or use him as a Wildcat? Because Tebow has been told his whole life he couldn’t be a quarterback, and he is determined to be a long-term starting quarterback in pro football. He wouldn’t move.

Why did John Elway say Tebow would be the starter in training camp if he didn’t mean it? Because Elway didn’t realize then there would be a chance at Manning. The sincere intention by the Broncos was to play Tebow next season.

Why did the Broncos think Tebow couldn’t become a great passer? Because of his flawed throwing mechanics and footwork.

Got to hand it to Woody. He's taking the trade with a measured sense of perspective.

Madden Curse won’t be Denver’s

Tebow Broncos' finalist for Madden cover
espn.go.com

The AFC West (three of the four teams at least) representatives for the Madden ’13 cover chase have been announced.

The four players who survived the intra-team play-in round are: Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski, San Diego’s Antonio Gates and … Tim Tebow of Denver.

As the world awaits to see whether Tim Tebow will be a member of the New York Jets, one thing is certain---he won't be a member of the Denver Broncos.  This makes his besting of Von Miller in the first round of the 2012 Madden Cover Tournament all the more interesting.  Von is gone; Tebow won't be a Bronco.  This ensures the Madden Curse misses Denver for the upcoming season--if you believe in such things.

And then there were two: Tebow to Jags or Jets

Source: Tebow going to Jags or Jets
www.news4jax.com

Tim Tebow, whose stardom rose to national levels this past season as he led the Denver Broncos to nine wins and a playoff defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be traded to either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New York Jets by midday on Wednesday, a source close to Tebow told Channel 4’s sister station, WKMG in Orlando.

Tebow, who lost his starting job this week when the Broncos signed Peyton Manning, is expected to be dealt for a third-round pick.

If the Broncos get a third-round pick for Tebow, Elway should give Brian Xanders a seat at the big kids' table at the next press conference.

The Wrath of Khan: Jaguars want Tebow

Report: Jaguars have “serious interest” in Tebow
profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Michael Lombardi of NFL Network reports that the Jaguars have “serious interest” in trading for Tebow…

If the deal goes down, there will be plenty of awkwardness in the locker room.  Last week, Smith gave Chad Henne a $3 million signing bonus to serve as Blaine Gabbert’s backup.  Two years ago (almost to the day) Henne made waves by proclaiming that Tebow “isn’t an NFL quarterback.”

An ownership-driven decision to force Tebow onto the roster also could drive a wedge between Smith and Khan.  Already, we’ve caught wind of rumors that the two men aren’t clicking the way they should — and there’s talk in league circles that Smith may not be around after the draft concludes.

If Tebow time comes to Jacksonville, Smith may not want to be.

No word yet on what the Jaguars would be willing to give up. Right now, estimates put Tebow's trade value at a 5th, 6th, or 7th-round draft pick.

Elway: I think we both froze

With tough decision behind him, Manning now the face of Broncos
sportsillustrated.cnn.com

He called Elway next. And that was the strangest call, because at that moment Monday morning, Elway and coach John Fox were meeting to discuss among other things how to proceed on Manning. Should they call him again? “Should we give him one last sales pitch?’’ Fox asked Elway. And soon after that, Elway’s phone rang. He looked down at the screen on his phone and saw it was Manning.

“I think we both froze,’’ Elway said.

Manning said he’d been on the phone notifying the teams who were out of it that he was playing elsewhere. Elway, for a second, thought, I wonder what phone call we are? And then Manning said, “I want to come play for the Denver Broncos.’’ Elway gave Fox the thumbs-up sign.

Sounds like a pair of tweens waiting for a boy to call...

Reilly: Is this Elway’s greatest comeback?

What becomes a legend most?
espn.go.com

This was all about Elway and what he wants and what he doesn’t want. What he wants, like he wants his next breath, is a Super Bowl win as an executive. What he doesn’t want is Tim Tebow.

It’s not that he didn’t like Tebow as a person. It’s that he was frustrated with Tebow’s inability to get the precise synchronization of the three-step and five-step NFL drop. It’s NFL Quarterbacking 101. Most guys get the knack of it in college. But with Tebow, like with really good Teflon, it never quite stuck.

Elway was also frustrated with all the dirt balls and air balls and screwballs Tebow scattered to the wind. He was frustrated that Tebow would play like Joan Rivers for three quarters and like Philip Rivers in the fourth. He was puzzled by Tebow’s stats. The kid didn’t even complete 48 percent of his throws. Peyton Manning completes 65 percent of his.

Where Reilly goes woefully wrong is here:

Consider: If Elway jettisons Tebow for Manning, not even the most devoted Christian Broncos fan would smite him.

Hey Rick, have you been on Twitter of late?

Shannon Sharpe: Peyton makes everybody better

Shannon Sharpe on 102.3
sportsradiointerviews.com

Eric Decker is better. Demaryius Thomas is better. Everybody is better on that team. Their defense just got better. Their defense was middle of the pack? You watch because now they will be playing with a lead. I am not talking about the last 2 minutes of the game. I am talking about early on because he will put pressure on the opposing team. They are going to score some points now. Willis McGahee will never run into an 8-man front again ever.

When John threw the ball if I stayed up with John and he threw the ball to the right he was telling me, ‘Shannon go to the right.’ If he put the ball between my numbers and I was staying? He was telling me to get up in my shadows. You take that for granted because you are like okay. Now you play with somebody else and throw the ball to the other side and you get your face mask twisted because he threw you towards where the defensive guy was. Great quarterbacks see everything.

Shannon's positively giddy. Can't say I feel any differently.