by Chuck Carroll

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — With Peyton Manning headed to the Denver Broncos, it’s time to put to bed talk of him joining the Washington Redskins.

Area fans had been abuzz since January, hoping Manning would soon be sporting burgundy and gold on Sunday afternoons.

The buzz reached fever pitch in January when reports by national media said the Redskins were among the frontrunners to land the longtime Indianapolis Colts quarterback.

As it turns out, there didn’t seem to ever be a real possibility of that happening. Not because the Redskins weren’t interested, but because Manning apparently had no interest in joining an NFC team, let alone one in brother Eli’s division.

Late last week the team re-signed Rex Grossman to a one-year deal. It’s unclear what his role will be on the team next season, but his addition does take pressure off of the future of the franchise.

Will a rookie — likely Robert Griffin III — be the Redskins starter in Week 1 or will Grossman serve as a mentor before turning over the reigns to the franchise quarterback? Time will tell.

But perhaps the more interesting story is what will become of Tim Tebow in Denver. With Manning on the way in, the high profile, yet wholesomely controversial quarterback, is apparently on the trading block.

The odds of Tebow joining the Redskins are anemic at the very best. It’s not going to happen.

Now that Grossman is under contract, Washington’s quarterback roster is identical to what it was last season: Grossman, John Beck and Jonathan Crompton on the practice squad.

A fourth man will be added to the equation when his named is called as the second overall pick in next month’s draft.

And outside of perhaps an undrafted college free agent to add depth during the preseason, the roster doesn’t allow for many more spots at the position — especially for somebody like Tebow.

The Redskins are planning for the future. Bringing in Manning would have been a short-term solution with a “win now” mentality with an incredible amount of risk.

And the forgotten man in all of this drama is Terrence Austin who is very likely breathing a sigh of relief now that he won’t have to change jersey numbers.


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