Tebow trade means trust in Manning

March, 22, 2012
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The Denver Broncos must feel very good about Peyton Manning's health.

Can you imagine the position of the Broncos, who traded Tim Tebow to the Jets on Wednesday, if Manning has not recovered from a neck injury that cost him the entire 2011 season?

That risk is on the table. But, rest assured, the Broncos have thought about that scenario. Everything they have learned about Manning and everything they have seen from Manning makes the Broncos believe he will healthy for the season.

Sure, he could experience another injury. But every NFL player has that risk.

There’s no doubt, Denver feels great about not having Tebow moving forward.

It traded Tebow to the Jets on Wednesday because it wanted to move away from Tebowmania and it didn’t think Tebow fit in with the new offense that will come with Manning.

Now, the plan is to find a backup for Manning. There are several options, but keep an eye on former San Diego backup Billy Volek. Denver visited with former Chicago backup Caleb Hanie on Wednesday. He would be a candidate to be the No. 3 quarterback.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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