The Dallas Cowboys addressed several concerns with their first set of signings. Now, one signing the Cowboys did not make was to re-sign Martellus Bennett, who signed with the New York Giants. That leaves the Cowboys with two tight ends. One player who could be on the market, Tim Tebow, isn't currently a tight end, but fits the mold.
The Denver Broncos have been looking to sign Peyton Manning. According the NFL Network, the race for Manning is between the Broncos and Tennessee Titans at this point. Indications are that if the Broncos sign Manning, Tebow is out as the starter. Even more, as ProFootballTalk.com reported, the Broncos plan to trade Tebow if they sign Manning.
Tebow may not be an attractive trade target for many teams as a quarterback, especially not for a Cowboys team that's set at the position. He isn't at all accurate, doesn't do well taking snaps under center, possesses questionable decision-making ability and doesn't have a great arm.
However, Tebow could be a tantalizing pickup for a team that has the mind to convert Tebow into a tight end. Tebow has good size for the tight end position at 6'3" and 236 pounds. He's fast, makes solid cuts, can stand up to defenders and has nice hands. His pass catching ability is unknown since he doesn't have much experience with it.
Nevertheless, the physical traits are there for Tebow if he wants to sustain his career and change positions. Tebow likely won't have a long career as a quarterback. He doesn't have the arm or the accuracy to be a career starter, perhaps not even a backup. Changing to the tight end position could give him added longevity in the NFL.
One wonders if Jason Garrett and his offensive coaches would be willing to work with Tebow to transition him to the position. Garrett is a good offensive coach who has made pass catchers who previously seemed marginal work in the Cowboys system. He's brought along receivers like Patrick Crayton and Laurent Robinson.
Should the Cowboys trade for Tim Tebow if they can convert him into a tight end?
One of Garrett's specialties has been working with tight ends. Garrett could work with Tebow to adjust to the new positioning. He could get him acclimated to the new positioning on the offensive line, as well as getting a burst off the snap and making the turn for the catch.
Also, Garrett could encourage Jason Witten to work with Tebow on the mental aspects of being a tight end if the Cowboys were to trade for him.
Tebow isn't exactly a high-value trade prospect. Peter King of SI.com said in a mailbag column, "I wouldn't be surprised if the most Denver can get for Tebow is a fourth-round pick."
That might be a letdown when looking at a guy who was selected in the first round. However, at this point, Tebow's stock isn't great at any vantage point. The Cowboys would do well to get Tebow for a fifth-round pick.
This could be a nice trade if the Cowboys are willing to go for Tebow and insert him as a tight end. The turning point could come soon, as Tebow might not be wanted anymore in Denver. After leaving, his time as a quarterback could be short.
Changing positions could save his career. Garrett could be the visionary to make it happen for Tebow while boosting the tight end depth for the Cowboys.