There were other teams that were in the Manning sweepstakes. One of the teams that was in the running was the Broncos’ next opponent, the Tennessee Titans. An article written by Andrew Mason looked into the process of how each team was planning the free-agent market carefully around Manning’s decision. According to Mason, the Titans could not wait because they were afraid of losing out on other free-agents to make their team better especially on the offensive side of the ball. Plus with how the team finished before Manning’s release, there were not going to be a lot of them that would be willing to go there. But what if the Titans organization did wait and Manning signed up with the team instead of the Broncos?
I believe Manning would make any team better. Plus it would be quite interesting having Manning going up against the Colts twice each year since both teams reside in the AFC South division. The Titans could possibly return to glory as they did in the late ’90s and in the turn of the millennium. Plus with Chris Johnson in the backfield, the team would have a great quarterback-running back tandem. The only thing that could be of interest is who would Manning’s supporting group of wide outs be?
And how about the Broncos? Chances are John Elway would have stuck by his decision at the end of that season and had Tim Tebow begin the preseason as the starting quarterback. It would give him time to develop a relationship with Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker. If Knowshon Moreno had gotten better, there would be no question that the Broncos would be an option team rather than the hurry up, high-octane offense that Manning brought to the table. Either that or the Broncos would look to free agency or the draft for a quarterback. Hey, perhaps Alex Smith would join the Broncos after being mistreated by the San Francisco 49ers because of the possibility of Manning playing for the team. But we could see it as either sticking with Tebow or another rebuilding year.
There are many different possibilities that could have surfaced. But I am sure that the Broncos’ organization and fans are happy that Manning chose Denver.