If the Denver Broncos end up winning the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, Tim Tebow will reportedly be looking for a new home, leaving me to ask myself who would make a deal to acquire his unique services.
"Remember when I told you and everyone else that you'd be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2012 (chuckles nervously)? Well, I kinda might have been fibbing..."
Let's take a look at which destinations make the most sense for Tebow if this becomes a reality.
For the record, I like Colt McCoy.
The trouble is that he is the same size as Drew Brees with half the arm strength. His NFL.com profile lists him at 6'1" and 215 pounds, but I'm assuming they came up with those measurements with all his equipment on. He isn't a big dude.
McCoy also isn't a fantastic athlete. He has trouble avoiding pressure and loses focus downfield when faced with pressure up the middle—not a plus when the middle of the offensive line is suspect.
It's no secret the Browns were desperately hoping to land the St. Louis Rams' second-overall pick to acquire Robert Griffin III, but in the end, they weren't willing to mortgage the future of their franchise on one player.
Tim Tebow could at the very least push McCoy to become the quarterback the Cleveland Browns hoped he'd be when they drafted him in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft.
At best, Tebow could to for the Browns what he did for the Broncos in 2011: play smart, mistake-free football and let the power-running game and defense win games.
Tarvaris Jackson is a back-up quarterback who lost three games last year by himself.
Charlie Whitehurst is a really good bench warmer; nothing more.
The Seahawks have a really good bunch of young playmaking wide receivers that are just dying for someone to lead them.
Can you imagine how loud Century Link Field will be in the playoffs if Tebow does his Tebow thing at the end of games along with "Beast Mode" and the power running game? That fanbase up in Seattle will fall in love with Tebow after a few of his trademark fourth-quarter comebacks.
Pete Carroll is one of the most boisterous and competitive guys out there, and I could see him and Tebow really hitting it off.
Coupled with the burgeoning young defense they're building up in the far Northwest, the Seahawks could become a dangerous team at the end of the season and could possibly challenge the San Francisco 49ers for the divisional crown.
Seattle is my personal favorite destination for Tebow, though there is a more logical destination I've yet to unveil.
If I were Shahid Khan and I had the ability to choose between Tim Tebow or Blaine Gabbert to sell tickets for me, this is a no-brainer.
Khan has grand plans for the Jaguars, and he says he intends to stay in Jacksonville. He will need to find a market if he hopes to succeed long-term, though, and the team has struggled to fill the stadium at times in the past.
Tebow is a legend in Florida, where he helped lead the Gators to two National Championships. The moment this trade was made official, I guarantee the team would sell out the new Tebow jerseys.
Khan was recently asked if he would have drafted Tebow if he had owned the team when he was coming out of college, to which he replied:
100 percent I would have. Absolutely. . . . Obviously the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and I was talking to Wayne then on what they ought to do.
I should have an offline conversation with you, OK? I’m going to absolutely talk your ear off. Some of the stuff might not be politically correct, but I share your sentiment. I think, when is the next time Jacksonville is going to have an athlete like Tim Tebow?
I'm guessing Gabbert will also be looking for a new home by the end of it all.
If Peyton Manning ends up in Denver for the Broncos, Tebow ends up in Jacksonville starting for the Jaguars.