Posted Sun Mar 11th by Jon Heath
This article is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of the rest of the BT staff.
There have been many reports that if the Denver Broncos sign free agent quarterback Peyton Manning — and it looks like they will — the team will trade third-year quarterback Tim Tebow. In reality, the Broncos would have nothing to gain from trading Tebow.
Many of the talking heads on ESPN and other outlets have noted that the Broncos top brass — V.P. of Football Operations John Elway and Head Coach John Fox — view signing Manning as a visible way of “curing Tebowmania,” which doesn’t even make sense.
Tebowmania is good for the Broncos. It’s good for jersey sales, good for marketing and good for notoriety.
Realistically, Tebow is worth about a 6th-7th round draft pick or a young quarterback straight up (say, Blaine Gabbert) and that’s not worth it from the Broncos’ standpoint. There are few teams in the NFL that are desperate enough to give up anything more than a fourth round pick in a trade for Tebow, and even that high of a pick is unlikely — so the Broncos would be getting the raw-end of the deal.
The Broncos are only due to pay Tebow $850,000 this season, so the team would have no problem having both Manning and Tebow on the roster, money-wise. To recap, the Broncos will be paying Tebow hardly anything this season and would get next to nothing back in a trade.
The only way I foresee Tebow being shipped out of town would be if he requested it himself and asks to be traded. If Tebow asks to be traded, the Broncos would have no reason not to oblige to such a request. If Tebow doesn’t have a big reaction however, the Broncos would have nothing to gain from trading him.
I believe that if Tebow sticks around, the Broncos will give him a role this season. Whether that role is learning under Manning, getting a few plays a game in special packages or changing his position, the team will give him a chance. If Tebow is really willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win, he’ll accept role that the Broncos will give him in 2012.
Listen, the Broncos are not going to trade Tebow simply to avoid an outcry among the fans for benching him. They’ve obviously already shown that they do not care about the public’s opinion.
Of course, I could be wrong and the Broncos may be planning on trading Tebow no matter what happens. But this is just my take and I’m sticking to it: Denver has no reason to “cure Tebowmania”.