Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway told USA TODAY Sports that when they signed Peyton Manning they felt like it was a risk worth taking despite all the neck procedures he underwent.
“The risk was no one really knew about Peyton. There were so many unanswered questions. We went through the process, got all the information we can, talked to the doctors, and decided it was a risk worth taking. And it’s worked out,” Elway said.
Elway says it was a tough decision to get rid of Tim Tebow.
“It was a tough situation,” Elway said, “There are Tebow fans and there are Broncos fans. My responsibility is to the Broncos fans, and my responsibility is to (owner) Pat Bowlen and what he wants to do, and that’s win championships. I base all my decisions on that.
“It’s difficult not to get personal, because every kid that comes in, it’s his dream to play. But the bottom line is, my responsibility that Pat’s given me, is to give him the best opportunity to hoist that trophy.”
Elway acknowledges they couldn’t have kept Tebow have run two separate offenses.
“With Peyton being here, we couldn’t have two different offenses,” he said. “We couldn’t have a backup quarterback with a totally different offense. We wanted to get back to where everyone was learning the same offense.”
It’s certainly makes plenty of sense to bring in a potential Hall of Famer over keeping a player like Tebow.