Manning In, Tebow Out: 5 Possible Landing Spots for the Fallen Bronco
According to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, Peyton Manning has decided to sign with the Denver Broncos and is currently working on finalizing a contract. (see http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d827b2043/article/peyton-manning-will-sign-a-deal-with-the-broncos?module=HP11_headline_stack)
The Broncos finished 8-8 last season with Tebow at the helm and won the AFC West.
They also managed to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wildcard round of the Playoffs before going on to lose to the New England Patriots 45-10.
If the Broncos managed do achieve all this with Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback, the future most certainly looks bright in Denver with Peyton Manning under center.
Unfortunately for Tebow, he is now expected to be traded and according to reports, (see http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d827b2227/article/with-peyton-manning-in-broncos-exploring-trade-for-tim-tebow?module=HP11_headline_stack) he has already been placed on the trading block.
Although Peyton Manning’s future finally seems to be clear, Tim Tebow’s future has never been more uncertain. With Andrew Luck and Robert Grifffin III expected to be picked by the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins respectively, and with yesterday’s news that Matt Flynn has signed with the Seattle Seahawks, there are only a handful of teams left in the NFL who are looking for a new quarterback.
Tebow may be forced to sign with a team with an established quarterback already in place and accept a role as a backup for next season.
Now without further ado, here are five possible landing spots for the fallen Bronco.
Overview: The Dolphins were one of the many teams who missed out on the signing of Peyton Manning an are still searching for a new quarterback. They were also in the running for Matt Flynn before he signed with the Seattle Seahawks and are now actively pursuing free agent quarterback Alex Smith.
If Smith was to land in Miami he would re-unite with his high school running back Reggie Bush. However, I think Tebow would be a good fit with the Dolphins offense and they have already witnessed what he is capable from last season when Tebow lead the Broncos to a come from behind overtime victory over the Dolphins in week 7.
Overview: The Jaguars were one of the teams that were rumored to be interested in drafting Tebow back in 2010. Florida governor Charlie Crist even suggested that drafting Tebow could help solve the Jags dwindling ticket sales at EverBank Field. However, they drafted defensive tackle Tyson Alualu instead and now have a first round quarterback in place in Blaine Gabbert.
Gabbert struggled last season but that was partly down the the lack of playmakers that the Jags had on offense. Going into his second year, the pressure is on Gabbert to produce. It might be worth taking a risk and trading for Tebow as Gabbert doesn’t appear to be the player that the Jags were expecting when they drafted him at number 10 overall in last year’s draft.
San Francisco 49ers
Overview: The 49ers also in the running for Peyton Manning and are now faced with a major issue at the quarterback position. Alex Smith is a free agent and is believed to want much more than the rported three-year $27 million that the 49ers had offered him. With Smith unhappy and flirting with the possibility of signing with the Miami Dolphins, the 49ers are left with Colin Kaepernick and Scott Tolzien as their only other options at quarterback.
Like Tebow, Kaepernick is a scrambling quarterback who had his issues with accuracy in college. The 49ers made it to the NFC Championship Game last season and have arguably the best defense in the NFL. If they aren’t comfortable with the idea of playing Kaepernick and Alex Smith signs with the Dolphins, they might look at the possibility of trading for Tebow to be their new quarterback for next season.
New England Patriots
Overview: The Patriots also showed interest in drafting Tebow in the 2010 draft after he visited with the team and had dinner with head coach Bill Belichick who was believed to have be very impressed with Tebow’s talents. The Patriots already have an established starting quarterback in Tom Brady and they also have last year’s draft pick Ryan Mallett.
However, if there is one coach and one team who knows how to use unique talents, it has got to be Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Tom Brady starting and Tebow coming in on goal-line situations might turn ou to be the furture of the Patriots offense.
Overview: The Eagles are the least likely team that I can see trading for Tebow. Quarterback Michael Vick practically invented the idea of a scrambling quarterback and has paved the way for the likes of Tebow, Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III to come into the NFL.
However, if the Eagles are looking at a new backup quarterback to replace Mike Kafka, they may look at Tebow as an option to due his similarities with Michael Vick. Both are left-handed, and both are scrambling quarterbacks. The Eagles are my dark horse to pursue Tebow.
So those are my possible landing spots for Tebow. Check back next week for a full report on Manning’s move to Denver.
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