Denver fans embraced him because he took a team going nowhere and led it somewhere. With Manning aboard they're no longer desperate, and, already, Tebowmania seems so yesterday.
They're moving on with the prettier girl at the dance and so will Tebow's teammates.
"I wouldn't say I feel bad for him," Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers said Monday outside the team's training complex. "It's a business. And I'm pretty sure Tim understands that."
Indeed, the NFL is a business. It's run by people who are driven to make money and win games. There's no room for sentimentality about the hired help. The Colts proved that when they sent Manning, the player who revitalized the franchise, packing rather than pay him a $28 million bonus.
As popular as he is, Tebow is just another commodity, another player to fill a position on a depth chart. The Broncos could keep him as a backup because his contract his relatively cheap, but it doesn't make much sense for a lot of different reasons.
With a four-time NFL MVP aboard, Tebow's future is elsewhere.
And the future of the Broncos is suddenly a lot brighter.
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