Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/26/12

The Broncos reportedly were looking to move Tim Tebow before they even knew they were going to get Peyton Manning.

In an article about Jacksonville’s failed attempt to acquire Tebow from the Broncos via trade, Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union says Denver began quietly shopping the religious quarterback at the scouting combine in February.

The combine ran from February 22-28. Peyton Manning was not officially released until March 7th. Maybe the Broncos knew they were going to be players in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes so they were trying to gauge the Tim Tebow trade market. Or, maybe, despite telling everyone Tebow was going to be the Broncos’ guy “for a long, long time,” John Elway was looking to replace him.

At the same time Elway was seemingly making a long-term commitment to Tebow, he was also shopping the quarterback. How’s that for being disingenuous?

Ganguli’s report also indicates Tebow was equally amenable to Jacksonville and the Jets when the trade talks became serious, but that he later said he preferred the Jets because he felt the coaches wanted him more and that he’d have a better chance of starting there. Both details are ones we’ve shared over the past week, but it’s worth repeating.

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