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Elway, Broncos greet Manning

DENVER — John Elway and Peyton Manning. Two all-time great quarterbacks now on the same side.

As Manning was introduced as the newest Bronco on Tuesday, the two Super Bowl winners each talked about hoisting another Lombardi Trophy, this time together. And soon.

"I realize I don't have 14 years left, by any means," Manning said. "This isn't something where I'm just building a foundation to do something in two years or three years. This is a 'now' situation. We're going to do whatever we can to win right now."

Just so long as Manning's surgically repaired neck goes along with the plan.

Two months ago, Tim Tebow became the talk of the league and led the Broncos to an overtime playoff victory over the Steelers.

But in the NFL, things change fast. Tebowmania is a passing fad. A couple of photos of Tebow that once adorned the halls at team headquarters were gone before Manning was introduced.

After holding up his new, bright orange jersey — No. 18, his number with the Colts — Manning addressed some issues.

Like, how does he feel?

"I'm not where I want to be. I want to be where I was before I was injured," Manning said of the neck problem that kept him off the field in 2011.

"I believe that he's got a lot of great football left in him," Elway, Denver's two-time Super Bowl winning QB turned team executive, said of his new four-time MVP. And if that's true, the Broncos will pay him $96 million over five years under his new deal.

So, what now for Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida? Elway said he's exploring all his options.

"Tim Tebow is a great kid. If I want someone to marry my daughter, it would be him," Elway said.

Elway said Tebow took the news of Manning's signing in stride in a phone conversation.

"He's said, 'Well, we're talking about Peyton Manning. I understand exactly what you're doing,'" Elway explained. "He was very, very positive."

Talib trial delayed

Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib's trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon in Dallas County, Texas, was moved from March 26 to April 16, according to attorney Frank Perez. The reason is the prosecutor's wife is scheduled to give birth next week.

In other news, Shannon Billings has twice been charged with sexual assault in Texas since he accused Talib of pistol whipping him and firing at him last March. Billings, 41, is in Dallas County jail on a bond of $265,000, charged with indecency with a child/sexual contact.

WARD RETIRES A STEELER: Hines Ward, who had been released by the Steelers in a salary cap move, announced his retirement in Pittsburgh. Ward played 14 seasons for the Steelers and had 1,000 catches, one of several franchise records.

RYANS DEAL: The Eagles acquired two-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans from the Texans for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012. The teams also will swap third-round choices in April. The Eagles got the No. 89 pick and Houston the 77th.

FINS FANS PROTEST: More than two dozen fans gathered outside the Dolphins' complex to protest the way the team is being run, and general manager Jeff Ireland was moved to explain a series of decisions and misadventures that have drawn national ridicule. "I'm not naive to the fact of what's out there," he told AP as fans protested across the street.

QB JOHNsON LOOKING: The NFL Network reported that quarterback Josh Johnson, a Buc the past few seasons, will visit the Redskins today. Johnson told the San Jose Mercury-News that the 49ers were interested — but that report came out before reports that the Niners would re-sign Alex Smith. NFL Network reported that Smith agreed to terms on a three-year deal for roughly $24 million, including $10 million guaranteed, to remain the 49ers quarterback.

SIGNINGS: Cornerback Aaron Ross from Giants to Jaguars (three years, up to $15.3 million); fullback Jerome Felton, from Colts to Vikings.

RE-SIGNINGS: Cardinals receiver Early Doucet (two years); Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch (five years) and defensive tackle Andre Fluellen (one year); Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush (three years).

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

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