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Wall Street Journal already talking about Tebow’s revenge on Broncos

Sympathy for the Tebow
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But just because it’s smart doesn’t mean it isn’t tacky. It has to gut Tebow to see those photographs of Manning walking into Broncos headquarters accompanied by Elway and Fox…

...If Tebow is shoved out of a franchise he revived, I can’t wait for the day that he comes back and plays the Broncos. I want to see 6-of-22 passing for 78 yards. I want to see passes that wobble like Zip-Loc bags full of soup. But I also want to see a last-minute drive win it. I’ll be pulling for Tebow to exact a Tebow-like revenge.

[Insert bible verse regarding revenge here].

Tebow still doing his own thing no matter the circumstance

Tebow stops at D1 training facility and meets with young boy with Leukemia
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What they didn’t expect was not one, but several phone calls from the quarterback himself. Somehow Tebow learned Preston has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and is not responding to treatments. Tebow asked if he could meet their little boy in Tampa. Tebow was in town hosting a training experience at the D1 facility he co-owns.

“Whats up man,” said Tebow.

Tebow not only met Preston. He took him out to the turf.

“Are you ready to catch it? Are you chasing me?” said Tebow.

Tebow isn't talking to the media, but give him props for staying the course on meeting this little boy.  There is no doubt he was facing distraction after distraction today.

Tebow made this little guy's world; completion percetage was immaterial.

Klis: Bunkley only UFA Denver trying to re-sign before Tuesday

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BTW, the Broncos have 17 other FAs, not including tagged K Prater. DT Brodrick Bunkley only one Broncos trying to tie up before Tuesday.

If true, this means Denver is willing to let LB Wesley Woodyard, RB Eddie Royal, DT Marcus Thomas, and LB Mario Haggan test the market.

Freeman: Broncos intend to keep Peyton from leaving town

Wherever Manning lands can alter course of team, division, league
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One person described it this way: the Broncos were going to make an offer the former Colts great couldn’t refuse. The Broncos were so determined to get Manning, they actually told him he wasn’t leaving without a completed deal. The person said Denver’s selling points were these: a young team with a good offensive line, talent up and down the roster and the team’s position in a winnable division.

League sources still believe the Dolphins are the front-runners, but the Broncos are making this extremely interesting. A person close to the situation confirmed Manning also will visit this weekend with other teams, including possibly Arizona. The person said Manning’s desire is to have his team selected and a contract done by Tuesday, the start of free agency.

As we suspected, the Broncos don't plan to allow Peyton to leave without a contract. Here's thinking that if they allow him to do so, he's not coming back.

Manning’s arm strength improving steadily, still far from 100%

Sources: Peyton Manning making encouraging progress with his arm strength
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Three NFL sources that have seen medical reports on quarterback Peyton Manning say the improvement of his arm strength appears to be going at a promising pace, although a full recovery is still far off.

“So far, so good,” said a source with one of the many teams that is interested in signing Manning. “The question is still where is it going to stop, but the progress over the past month has been steady and that’s what you’re looking for.”

Information was gathered from both Manning’s personal physicians and the Colts, who have sent all relevant information to teams that are interested in Manning.

“Some of this stuff is in the eye of the beholder,” another source said. “I don’t think there’s anything there that would discourage you from going forward, but you’d have to consider the risk.”

Mike Freeman’s source is not Gary Miller’s source

Manning and Tebow on same team?
mike-freeman.blogs.cbssports.com

Perhaps the most intriguing team in pursuit of Peyton Manning are the Denver Broncos. And there is a pursuit. A fairly hot one, according to a person familiar with the situation. There is also reciprocal interest from Manning.

That doesn’t mean this will happen and the odds of Manning joining the Broncos, while possible, are slim.

I’m told Manning would be uncomfortable with Tebow being on the roster but also doesn’t want to be seen as the guy who pushed Tebow out of Denver. The Broncos, I’m told, also don’t want to trade Tebow even if Manning joins the team. The Broncos would have to come to some sort of resolution of these two things and it might just be too messy for a resolution to be reached.

Freeman's source says the Broncos wouldn't want to trade Tebow. Miller says the opposite. One of them is right, and if it's Miller, then Freeman's source is likely trying to maintain Tebow's trade value for Denver.

The second reason Freeman cites as a hindrance to a Denver/Manning union is that whole representation thing Woody Paige has been harping on. Still not buying it. If John Elway and Peyton Manning decide they want this to happen, Tom Condon and Jimmy Sexton are not about to be the prohibiting factor.

Broncos “desperately” seeking Peyton

Denver “desperately” wants Peyton Manning
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The latest tidbit comes from Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Football Night in America via Twitter, who writes that the Broncos “desperately” want Peyton.

John Lynch: Elway is the X Factor

Lynch: Broncos offer Manning something other teams can’t
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“I think Peyton’s going to look at (the Broncos) and say ‘I know they’re going in the right direction,” Lynch, who played 4 seasons with Denver, told FOX31’s Ron Zappolo Thursday. “They’ve got a pretty good president (Elway) who knows how important a quarterback is.”

Lynch, who considers both Manning and Elway to be close friends, says the ex-Colt and future Hall of Famer could be lured by the opportunity to work with a two-time Super Bowl champion, and also succeed in the short-term.

“I think Peyton knows that John’s going to get this place right. It’s just a matter of how. And when I say “right,” I mean winning a championship. And that intrigues Peyton.”

Add John Lynch to the list of people who thinks John Elway makes this deal happen.

Manning reportedly nixes Shanny & Co.

Report: Peyton doesn't want to play for Skins
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Appearing on SportsCenter Thursday, ESPN 980 Washington’s Chris Russell said he’s “hearing” free agent Peyton Manning does not want to play for the Redskins and has already informed people in the building.

“A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning’s camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn’t want to come here,” said Russell.

If there's one man who isn't going to overhaul his offensive scheme to accomodate a QB who's going on 36 years old, it's Mike Shanahan.

Kirwan: Don’t expect Manning to cater to anyone

If Manning is going to be your new quarterback, it will be on his terms
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Trust me, Peyton Manning will control this whole process.

Peyton Manning is not going from team to team and working out for each club…The workout itself may never even happen if a top bidding team says they don’t care about the session, which I suspect will be the case.

Peyton Manning is going to get a fat contract. He will see top QB money, and he’s not taking any risks financially to prove he can still play.

Manning isn't going to be trying to prove his health, or giving anybody a contract out if his health fails.  You're buying him as he is claiming to be, period.  It's high risk, high return.