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For as well as this has gone for Denver, Elway hopes this to turns out well for Tebow, too.

“It would be our goal to get him in the best situation possible for him to have success also,” Elway said.

Although the unorthodox QB energized the Broncos last season and guided them back to the postseason, Tebow’s long, looping throwing motion led to some accuracy issues. And with his eagerness to run, he’s hardly the prototypical pocket passer.

Still, Tebow has a flock of fans for reasons that have to do as much with his faith as his football skills. A devoted Christian, he’s been a role model since his days at Florida, when he led the Gators to two national titles and captured the Heisman Trophy.

His soaring popularity made this decision even more difficult for Elway.

“I’ve got to make the best decisions I can for the Denver Broncos. Without a doubt in my mind, this is the best decision for the Denver Broncos at this point and time,” Elway said.

Manning eventually plans to reach out to Tebow, once he settles in and catches his breath after his whirlwind free agency tour.

“I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, what kind of person he is,” Manning said. “What an awesome year he had this year. If Tim Tebow is here next year, I’m going to be the best teammate I can be to him. He and I are going to help this team win games.

“If other opportunities present themselves to him, I’m going to wish him the best. He’s going to be a great player wherever he is.”