AFC North: Manning to Broncos

Peyton Manning answered one question, choosing to play quarterback for the Broncos next season, multiple sources told ESPN.

But here's another one: Whom are you going to throw the ball to, Peyton? Some might answer Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace.

As I speculated earlier this morning, the one team I would watch going after Wallace is the Broncos. They have the cap room ($40 million before the Manning signing), the late first-round pick (25th overall) and the need for a dependable wide receiver.

The Broncos have a promising playmaker in Demaryius Thomas if he stays healthy, and they can always bring along a Manning favorite in tight end Dallas Clark. But look at the other options -- Eric Decker and Matt Willis -- and you can see why the Broncos might be tempted to go after Wallace. And, if you look at the wide receivers left -- Braylon Edwards, Ted Ginn and Early Doucet -- no one will make more of an impact than Wallace.

Of course, the Steelers have the chance to match any offer given to Wallace, a restricted free agent. The deadline to extend offer sheets is April 20.

Sources have told ESPN that the Denver Broncos will try to trade Tim Tebow once the deal with Peyton Manning becomes official.

Every team that needs a quarterback -- like the Browns -- will get linked in some way to "Tebow-mania." ESPN's Mel Kiper said the Browns "deserve to be thrown into the [Tebow] conversation until they say, 'We're not interested.'"

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The Browns need to say no to Tebow. It really isn't a discussion. They shouldn't be interested in him as a free agent, much less in trading for him. That is, unless Tebow can play right tackle.

There's no doubt that Tebow will sell tickets, but he won't win games. He does have a way of creating fourth-quarter magic, and he did beat the Steelers in a playoff game (albeit on 10 completions). You also won't get a better leader or someone with stronger character than Tebow.

But adding Tebow would be the wrong move because his success will be short-lived. His biggest problem is his inaccuracy (47.3 career completion rate). He's a running back who plays quarterback and would be valuable to a team looking to occasionally use a special package (like how teams used the Wildcat). I would actually give Tebow a better chance of being the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback than the Browns' starter.

The Browns seem intent on going with a quarterback competition between Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and possibly a rookie draft pick. On a selfish note, it would benefit the blog if Tebow played Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs twice a year considering Suggs' public criticism of Tebow. “They say we were giving him a hard time because he’s a Christian. No, that’s not it!," Suggs told GQ. "We were giving him a hard time because he was terrible.”

Honestly, I don't see the Browns coming anywhere close to the Tebow discussions. The Browns want a franchise quarterback, not a fad one.
Peyton Manning never came close to joining the AFC North, but the report that he will be the next quarterback for the Denver Broncos does affect the division.

Every AFC North team would have a 2012 matchup against Manning, who is a combined 20-3 in the regular season against the division. The Bengals and Ravens host the Broncos in 2012, and the Steelers and Browns visit Denver in the coming season.

A look at how each of the division teams have fared against Manning over the years:

BENGALS: Cincinnati is 0-7 against Manning, who has thrown 17 touchdowns and three interceptions against the Bengals. His career passer rating against the Bengals is 107.0.

BROWNS: Cleveland has held Manning in check (two touchdowns and six interceptions), but the Browns are 0-5 against him. He has averaged 223.4 yards passing against Cleveland.

RAVENS: Baltimore has lost eight straight meetings to Manning, including two in the postseason. He has averaged 284.1 yards passing in eight career regular-season games against the Ravens, throwing 17 touchdowns and five interceptions.

STEELERS: Manning has faced Pittsburgh only three times in the regular season, winning twice. The last meeting was November 2008, when Manning threw three touchdowns, including the game winner with 3:04 remaining in a 24-20 victory at Pittsburgh.

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