DENVER (AP) - New Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning says he'd be happy to be Tim Tebow's teammate, "but if other opportunities are presented to him, I'm going to wish him the best."
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Manning's arrival as the new quarterback in Denver, made official Tuesday, has put Tebow's status in limbo.
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Manning was asked if he discussed Tebow's future with the team while he was negotiating to join the Broncos.
He says those aren't his decisions and that "those conversations never came up."
But, the quarterback said: "I know what kind of player Tim Tebow is, what kind of person he is, what an awesome year it was. If Tim Tebow is here, I'm going to be the best teammate. If other opportunities are presented to him, I'm going to wish him the best."
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Manning says he's on the mend but still has work to do to get back to full health after a series of neck operations that forced him to miss last year.
Manning said "I have work to do" on Tuesday, when he was introduced as Denver's new quarterback.
"I'm not where I want to be. I want to be where I was before I was injured. There's a lot of work to do to get where we want to be from a health standpoint."
Manning said he "laid his cards out on the table" when he spoke to Broncos vice president John Elway and was grateful that Denver, along with San Francisco, Tennessee and others, were willing to consider him to be their next QB.
The league's only four-time MVP agreed to a five-year, $96 million deal with the Broncos after being pursued by several teams.
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