There’s quite a quarterback shake up in the NFL this off season.
If the Denver Broncos do not end up with Peyton Manning, does that mean that Tim Tebow will be starting for the Broncos come September? That’s certainly not guaranteed even if he is named the starter going into training camp.
If the Broncos do not land Manning, they could sign Matt Hasselbeck or Alex Smith depending on which team Manning goes to. Smith is currently (Sunday afternoon) in negotiations with the Miami Dolphins. If Manning signs with the 49ers, the team will stick with Tebow and likely draft a quarterback in the early rounds. If Manning signs with the Titans, Hasselbeck will be available for the Broncos.
For the record, Matt Flynn signed a three year deal that could be worth up to $26 million with the Seattle Seahawks.
Let’s assume that the only quarterback available from this group is Hasselbeck (and the Broncos don’t get Manning). He played in all 16 games for the Titans last season and had 3,571 yards, a 61.6% passing completion, and 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
His best season came in ’07-’08 when he passed for 3,966 yards (62.6% passing completion), 28 touchdown, and 12 interceptions. With 13 years in the league, he would be beneficial to have Hasselbeck behind Tebow, assuming Tebow beats him out in camp.
Without Brady Quinn there to hold the clipboard, Hasselbeck is a great option.
It was reported that Manning would make his decision either Monday or Tuesday, but that is not necessarily the case. According to to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning has not told any of the three teams when to expect a decision.
The soap opera continues. Days of the Broncos lives can truly continue once Manning makes his decision.