Posted Fri Sep 16th by Jon Heath
Two drafts ago, former Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels traded second (No. 43), third (No. 70) and fourth (No. 114) round picks to the Baltimore Ravens to move up and select Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. One season has passed since that time and the two teams may be considering a swap.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King (via Sandy Clough of 104.3 The Fan) said on Satellite Radio on Tuesday that he thinks if the Ravens came to the Broncos offering a third round pick for Tebow, that the Broncos would accept it. King also thinks that the Ravens have an interest in Tebow.
Meanwhile, Woody Paige of the Denver Post was on 104.3 The Fan Wednesday talking with Clough, and Paige seems to agree that the Broncos would be willing to deal Tebow before the week six trading deadline.
“If [the Broncos] really want this madness and chaos to end, trade him [speaking of Tebow]. Get rid of him, trade him before the deadline which ends two days after the game in South Florida,” said Paige on Thursday. “If I were John Elway, I would probably make the trade (with Baltimore).”
The Ravens Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron and Head Coach John Harbaugh are certainly not thinking of acquiring Tebow to become their starter (the team has all the faith in the world in Joe Flacco), but the Ravens do have some Wild Cat history. In 2008, the team used former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith in certain situations, something they could possibly try to also do with Tebow — that is, if the really are interested in Tebow.
Smith went on to sign with the 49ers in 2010 and started several games but was not re-signed by the team following the 2010 season and now plays for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
I would like to think the Broncos haven’t seen enough of Tebow in real game situations to make a decision yet on his future. But that may not be the thinking of coach John Fox and Vice President of Football Operations John Elway. After weeks of training camp practices and preseason games (as well as watching the film from last season), maybe they don’t think Tebow is worth their time.
Then again, maybe they do have plans for their only quarterback under contract in 2012 and all this trade talk is mere speculation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter chimed in on the situation a few weeks ago and he says the Broncos won’t be parting with Tebow anytime soon.
Rumors or reality, we’ll all find out soon enough. What’s your take on the possibility of Tebow landing in Baltimore?
Update: (10:45 a.m. MT) Steve brought up a good point in the comments; the Ravens do have former Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a player more than capable of running the wild cat, on the roster, so trading for Tebow would not make a lot of sense for Baltimore.
One might say it would not make a lot of sense for the Broncos either, seeing as they just paid Tebow over $8 million dollars not too long ago. A trade is still a possibility however, so stay tuned.