From ESPN to the Denver Post to Fox Sports, the word is that the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos are now the final two players in the race to sign Peyton Manning. If this is true, that means that Manning will remain in same conference that he’s used to and that he might even end up in the same division. What that means for the incumbent quarterbacks, however, is another issue.
Manning is meeting with owner Bud Adams of the Titans today and will likely get the full tour and meet with the coaching staff. The team would likely release Matt Hasselbeck (or trade him) if they sign Manning and keep Jake Locker on the bench to learn from one of the best to ever play the game (even though he did just that last year from a solid NFL veteran).
In that instance, Hasselbeck would become a decent veteran addition for the free agent market among available quarterbacks. David Garrard is still out there, and Kyle Orton is as well.
As for the Broncos, it’s likely the Manning frenzy would provide the appropriate cover for a Tim Tebow trade. Then again, they could keep both and the world could implode from the ensuing media circus around the Broncos quarterbacks.