Posted Mon Mar 19th by Jon Heath
As soon as Peyton Manning officially signs with the Denver Broncos, the team will place fellow quarterback Tim Tebow on the trading block, according to ESPN. Although the team will try to trade him, it is not guaranteed that they will be able to do so.
ESPN‘s Cecil Lammey says that the team will look for two draft picks in exchange for Tebow, second and fifth round selections. Lammey also speculates that Denver will be interested in Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart if he hits the trading block, as Carolina just signed free agent running back Mike Tolbert.
There has been heavy speculation that the Broncos will now try to trade in several other free agents for Manning, including tight end Dallas Clark and possibly wide receiver Mike Wallace. Another option would be former Colts center Jeff Saturday, who would be viewed as an upgrade over Denver’s J.D. Walton.
Tebow, 24, was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft (25th overall). After playing in only three games during his rookie season, Tebow played in twelve games last season and lead the Broncos to an 8-8 record and a playoff appearance for the first time since the 2005 season.
Though he has an unconventional throwing motion and often struggles as a passer, Tebow is a phenomenal athlete, teammate and rusher. After the Broncos were embarrassed by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round of the playoffs last season however, team Owner Pat Bowlen said he wanted to win Championships, not Divisions.
The team is now expected to move on from Tebow, who has 2,383 career passing yards and seventeen touchdowns against nine interceptions. Though there is still a possibility that he could stay with the Broncos, it appears that Tebow Time will be leaving Denver.
What’s your take on the situation? Will you root for Tebow if he goes to another team?