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Peyton Manning

Move Over, Tim Tebow

I'm Officially a Bronco!!!

3/20/2012 12:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Peyton Manning holds his jersey. He is officially a Denver Bronco.
Peyton Manning
is officially a Denver Bronco -- which means Tim Tebow's out of a job.

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen just made the announcement alongside Broncos legend John Elway -- a deal worth a reported $96 million over 5 years, making Peyton the highest paid player in the NFL.

John Elway made it clear during the announcement ... the Broncos are NOT a Super Bowl caliber team with Tim Tebow.

Peyton -- who will wear #18 on the team -- said he's unsure about Tim Tebow's future ... but claimed, if Tebow stays with the Broncos next year, "I'm going to be the best teammate I can be."

Elway said a Tebow trade hasn't been discussed with other teams yet -- but admitted it's very possible the Broncos will get rid of him. Elway speculated Tebow was "disappointed" by the announcement -- but Tebow never said it to him. According to Elway, Tebow was very understanding about the Broncos' decision.

The #18 is significant in Broncos history -- it once belonged to famed Broncos QB Frank Tripucka in the 1960s ... and retired with him. Peyton said Frank personally asked Peyton to resurrect his number, so the Broncs UN-RETIRED it just for PM.

Now that the acquisition's official -- the Broncos will be trying to trade Tebow ... though it's unclear where the 24-year-old will be headed.

Several teams have reportedly been in discussions about snagging Tebow -- who led the Broncos on a tumultuous ride through the playoffs last season -- including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, and New York Jets.

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16.

Amanda Owens    

Well I guess its back to the Denver Donkeys they go.

Franchise is flushing itself down the toilet with that old man. Tebow is not the best talent but he will develop. Manning is expired and will be hurt in the first game of the season.

Heee Hawww. More Donkey losing seasons.

761 days ago
17.

Stacey    

@NFLFAN - if you are actually a fan you know why Manning is a big deal. It's HUGE and every team in need was hoping to get him. Good for Denver.

761 days ago
18.

debbie     

you are incorrect that peyton is the highest paid player in the nfl. calvin Johnson of the Detroit Loins just signed a contract for $132 million. 60 million guarenteed.

761 days ago
19.

stu    

what hunger in the world????

761 days ago
20.

Dave    

At the end of the season Elway told Tebow he would be the starting quarterback going into camp. Well we see that even the great Elway's word is worth squat! I was enjoying watching Denver, I was a huge Manning fan. Do not like how this deal has gone down! Oh well! Go Lions!

761 days ago
21.

ju    

nobody is worth that much especially with a neck injury i think he is in competition with his brother sounds lkike jealousy to me why would they screw up tim tebow he is a better player and younger manning is no worth that much

761 days ago
22.

ppggee    

Gag me with a frigging spoon. This guy is so past his prime. He just wants to walk into Te bows spotlight.

761 days ago
23.

nancels31    

John Elway is a jack wagon... he is screwing Tebow bad.
I hope Tebow's new team kicks the Broncos butt....Elway can suck it!

761 days ago
24.

debbie    

Tebow

761 days ago
25.

dj    

John Elway looks like a freaking horse, with those big ass teeth!

761 days ago
26.

BUB    

The people who are mad about trading Tebow are Tebow fans, not football fans. He will do well where ever he goes. He will also learn from all of this as well. This was a no brainer, for sure. GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!

761 days ago
27.

Sis    

While Peyton was an elite quarterback, he would have never gone to Denver... But now that he is past his prime they give him 95 mil.. I have always been a Bronco fan and I am so disappointed in the team right now.

761 days ago
28.

RATTLESNAKE     

if tebowls is gone and manning gets his fat head smashed on the first play will the dumb owners put down their vodkas and dress shoes and come down on the field and pi ss it ?

761 days ago
29.

JoeJoe    

Im not a Tebow fan or hater, but the guy got you far into the playoffs and he's getting fired! That's how you pay him back.

761 days ago
30.

papihomey    

Not that Tebow's there answer, how many years does Manning have left?

761 days ago
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