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Source: If Manning picks Denver, Tebow is gone

Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow electronic billboard

An electronic billboard located over a memorabilia store in north Denver urges fans to cast a ballot for either Peyton Manning, shown left, or Tim Tebow as the NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Manning, who was released from the Indianapolis Colts this week, was in Denver on Friday to visit with Broncos officials in an effort to find a new place to play in the NFL. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


There’s a good reason for Tim Tebow to be rattled by the Broncos’ pursuit of Peyton Manning.

Per a source with knowledge of the dynamics in Denver, if the Broncos land Manning, Tebow most likely will be gone.

He wouldn’t be cut. He’d be traded. At while the number of potentially interested teams isn’t known, the next yard sale at Shad Khan’s house may include some oversized tarps.

Yes, we’re told that the Jaguars are in the mix to acquire Tebow via trade.

But if Manning doesn’t pick the Broncos, Plan B most likely doesn’t entail Tebow leaving. As we understand it, the Broncos already have done their due diligence (i.e., tampering) regarding the looming free-agent class, and the Broncos are having a hard time finding anyone who would be interested in becoming the focal point of the fury of the Tebowmaniacs.

Manning may not be, either. And if Peyton passes, Tebow will stay put for now, with the Broncos likely using a second- or third-round pick on a rookie quarterback and signing a veteran and hoping for the best.