NFL Free Agency: Texans Face Peyton Manning In Broncos Uniform In 2012

The Houston Texans may not have been desperate for a quarterback this off-season, but the Denver Broncos were certainly open to bringing in the aging and ailing Peyton Manning to replace Tim Tebow in the depth chart.

According to a report by ESPN, Manning has chosen the Broncos as his destination after nearly two weeks of free agency when he was released by the Indianapolis Colts, which has the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and are expected to take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with that pick.

Houston won't have to deal with Manning in the division, as it would have if the future Hall of Famer signed with the Tennessee Titans. But the Texans will travel to Denver at some point in the season.

The inevitable question is what does all of this mean for Tebow, who took over as the starting quarterback for the Broncos after the team started with a 1-4 record in the 2011 season, then helped lead them to an AFC West championship and a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime. Tebow was supposed to be the starting quarterback going into training camp, as team executives have said previously. That does not seem to be the case anymore.

To read more on NFL free agency and news around the league, visit the SB Nation NFL hub page. For news and information about the Houston Texans, check out the Battle Red Blog.

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