By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
The ink is not even dry on the whopping five year, $96 million deal that Peyton Manning signed on Tuesday with the Denver Broncos, and already their current quarterback Tim Tebow is weighing up his career options.
“I’m very excited to begin the next chapter of my playing career with the Denver Broncos,” Manning said as he picked up his new orange number 18 jersey, reported ESPN.com.
“I want to be where I was before I was injured. There’s a lot of work to do to get where we want to be from a health standpoint.”
While the Broncos have not officially released Tebow yet, the high paycheck that they will be paying the former Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl champ – who will get a guaranteed $18 million next season – has sealed the fate of the 24-year-old after Manning, 35, picked Denver as his new team.
Tebow rocketed from a college football sensation to a household name last year when he led the Broncos to a string of last minute comebacks that were always celebrated with his signature move of dropping down on one knee to pray, which was dubbed Tebowing by NFL commentators.
Now the deeply religious player will be looking for a new team to bring the gift of God to, with dedicated followers around the country hoping that they will be blessed by his presence despite his inconsistent play and doubts about his style being a good fit for the NFL.
Top teams in the running for an influx of Tebowmania are the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets.
Wherever Tebow lands, odds makers are already predicting that his successor will lead Denver to the Super Bowl next year, which will be played in Manning’s home town of New Orleans.
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