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Peyton Manning Chooses Denver, Tim Tebow to Cleveland Browns?

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Nick McAndrewsCorrespondent IIIMarch 19, 2012

Peyton Manning has made his decision to take his talents to Mile High and quarterback the Denver Broncos in 2012. This means that 2011's most talked about player, Tim Tebow, will likely be available for the right price.

There are two teams off the top of my head that make sense as possible destinations for Tebow: the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

In Florida, Tebow is less of a quarterback and more of a god. He grew up in the "Sunshine State" and went on to play at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he won a Heisman Trophy Award.

The Jaguars drafted QB Blaine Gabbert in the 2011 draft, which might make it unlikely that they would want to pursue another QB. But with a new owner trying to sell tickets, bringing the NFL's biggest sensation to a struggling offense might not be a bad move.

Pairing Tebow with the league's leading rusher, Maurice Jones-Drew, could allow the Jaguars to run a similar option-attack like the Broncos ran in 2011. The only difference would be that MOJO is a much bigger threat than Willis McGahee.

Still, the Jaguars seem pretty invested in Gabbert and have said they are not interested in Tebow. If that is true, they could be missing out on a huge opportunity to sell tickets and bring in a player that has thus far transcended traditional expectations of a quarterback and, in some people's eyes, turned a franchise around in 2011.

 

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are not in a very good position at QB right now. They seemed to have dropped the ball on Matt Flynn, who agreed to sign with the Seattle Seahawks. They will likely miss out on top QB prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, despite having a top-five draft pick.

Now that the Minnesota Vikings are in position to select OT Matt Kalil, the Browns have their pick of RB Trent Richardson, CB Morris Claiborne, WR Justin Blackmon or just about any other player that they could want.

Given the circumstances, Trent Richardson could be a great selection for the Browns with their fourth overall pick.

If the Browns traded for Tebow and subsequently drafted Richardson, they would be able to compete within their division by using a run-heavy offense with two young, freakishly athletic players to punish their opponents.

In my estimation, Browns fans are some of the most loyal in the league. Giving them something to get excited about by giving up maybe a fourth-round pick could be a great move by the Browns' front office.

I can't say for certain that Tebow would make the Browns an automatic contender, but nobody can deny the excitement that he generates.

#TebowTime could be coming Cleveland.

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