With the Denver Broncos in hot pursuit of Peyton Manning, this year’s biggest free-agent prize, it is time to consider the future of current starting quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow has never seemed to fit into the plans of the current Bronco regime lead by John Fox and John Elway.
If we assume that Denver will land Manning (or perhaps someone else), they will likely trade Tebow to some other team as a starter or backup. He did just lead a team that was considered a candidate for the cellar of the AFC to a playoff victory and division title.
He also has a reputation as a fan favorite and playmaker. That’s a big increase in value.
But who wants the guy? As a backup you could make a case for all 32 teams to want the guy on their roster.
As a starter, you have to throw out the teams that have elite quarterbacks. You also have to take away teams that just don’t make sense schematically.
Jacksonville seems to have a potential spot for him either as a backup or starter.
The Jaguars drafted Blaine Gabbert in the first round last season. He started most of last year and was so-so in his first campaign. He made some plays, but the offense was quite stagnant. He also doesn’t possess the athletic tools that so many of today’s quarterbacks seem to have in their arsenal.
The Jaguars also have a fan base that doesn’t seem too interested in the team.
Bringing in Tim Tebow might just benefit both fronts.
Tebow can move around and score with his legs and his arm. He still needs polish for the passing game, but that comes with time too. He directed a devastating attack against Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
He also puts people in the seats and energizes (and even polarizes) a fan base. He’s a one-man show in that regard. Any kind of attention and energy will be positive for a fan base that’s looking for a reason to root for a team that’s spent most of the decade as an also ran.
This is a deal that needs to get done if Tebow is available.