Tim Tebow fans may not want to hear this, but former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese thinks Denver might be in serious pursuit of Peyton Manning to supplant Tebow as their starter. And he thinks it would be the right fit.
“I think it’s very realistic,” Griese said today on The Mike & Mike Show on ESPN radio, via Profootballtalk.com. “More realistic than people would realize.”
Griese thinks the recent example of John Elway winning back-to-back Super Bowls in Denver in his late 30’s could be a big factor. Especially because Elway himself is calling the shots in the Broncos’ personnel department.
“John Elway won two Super Bowls when he was 37 and 38 in Denver,” Griese said. “I think Denver is certainly in play … The differentiating factor in Denver will be John Elway and his ability to connect with Peyton Manning.”
And what about Tebow?
“It’s not about Tim Tebow,” Griese said. “This is not a situation where Tim Tebow would be cut or released or traded. He’s got three years left on his contract. This is not a situation where the Broncos are giving up on Tim Tebow. I think this is more about trying to win a Super Bowl with a team that they have now and adding Peyton Manning, and where that puts them in relation to the rest of the league, and the opportunities they have.”
Griese said Tebow might be moved to a different position to get on the field with Manning at the same time.
“Tim Tebow wouldn’t get on the field as much,” he said, “but I still think he could get on the field and play a role with Peyton Manning.”