Posted Tue Mar 20th by Jon Heath
It appears that Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will be pushed aside (traded, actually) to make room for Peyton Manning in Denver. Being replaced by one of the game’s greatest players is nothing to be ashamed of, but Tebow probably isn’t peachy-keen about it, either.
Broncos’ running back Willis McGahee said on Tuesday if the team had brought in Adrian Peterson “it would be a no brainer, he (Peterson) would be the guy.” The Broncos bringing in Manning is not a knock against Tebow, per McGahee, it’s merely a transaction by the Broncos front office which they think can help the team win.
Tebow recently told friends that he was not surprised that the team brought in Manning, adding that he would like to return to Florida. Monica Culpepper, wife of former NFL and Florida Gators player Brad Culpepper, spoke with Tebow last week and was quoted as saying:
“And in all honesty, Tim said, ‘I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I’ll land somewhere in Florida.’ I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he’s such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South.”
Broncos Vice President of Football Operations John Elway spoke with Tebow on Monday, and he may have asked Tebow if he has a preference as to where the team will trade him. Judging from Tebow’s comments about returning to Florida, the Jacksonville Jaguars or Miami Dolphins are two possible landing spots for the third-year quarterback.
According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, the three teams most likely to land Tebow are the Jaguars, Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Another team to watch is the New England Patriots — Josh McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator, drafted Tebow in 2010 and would have no problem finding him a role in an offense that featured tight end Aaron Hernandez — Tebow’s college teammate — as a running back during New England’s 2011 playoff run.
Wherever Tebow lands, we at BT will wish the best of luck with his new team. Here’s hoping Tebow lands on his feet, perhaps in Florida.