Bill Romanowski thinks Broncos will regret replacing Tim Tebow with Peyton Manning
Most objective football fans and analysts believe the Broncos are improving by replacing Tim Tebow with free agent Peyton Manning. Even some Broncos players feel that way. But former Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski is in the minority and believes Denver is making a mistake.
“I don’t see this as a huge positive for the Denver Broncos,” Romanowski told Craig Shemon on Yahoo! Sports Radio. “I don’t think you can just throw in a Peyton Manning, who to me is still broken down — he is not healthy yet — and think he is going to be the answer to getting you to the Super Bowl. To me, you had the answer and you just needed more talent around a guy like Tim Tebow.”
Romanowski likes that Tebow took a losing team and led them to a division title and playoff win last season. Even though Romanowski recognizes that not everything was perfect with Tebow, he believes Tebow is a winner.
“I don’t care where he ends up, cream rises to the top, and that [Tim Tebow's] beyond cream. He will rise and he will eventually do the same thing [he did for the Broncos] and probably better.”
Romanowski was around Tebow recently and says the quarterback’s attitude is that he’ll go elsewhere and have success.
Romanowski further explained what he has against the Manning signing.
“He’s 36 years old, he sat out all last year, and he’s broken down. To do a 5-year $96 million deal with this kid? I don’t know. To me, it has to be a performance-based contract in case he’s damaged in year one. It’s not adding up to me, it really isn’t.
“I hope he proves me wrong because I still have strong ties to the organization … I just don’t think this is for the best.”
Romanowski doesn’t think the Dolphins are a good fit for Tebow. He would like to see Timmy with the 49ers.
Bill freely admits he doesn’t know how things will turn out, but he wants to revisit the subject in a year to see how things go.
Even though there’s no comparison between the passing abilities of Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow, I have a feeling things won’t work out as well for Denver as they hope. I’m with Romanowski and worried about Peyton’s health. He’s old and coming off multiple neck surgeries. I don’t think he makes it through a full season.