Could this former Gator be running to Tampa Bay?
It is not yet 4 p.m. ET and it has been about two hours since the news broke that Peyton Manning is reportedly headed to Denver. So of course listening to sports talk radio giant KOA in Denver they are looking for trading partners for the Broncos, because with Manning in town that must mean that Tim Tebow is on the trading block.
Take a quick look at what the Glazer Family are doing to get Bucs fans back to Raymond James Stadium, and the addition of Tebow is not such a far reach. The cost for the Bucs to pick up Tebow would likely be a couple of second or third round draft choices.
OK, there is that small detail that the Bucs already have a starting quarterback in Josh Freeman, who is looking like a franchise signal-caller. But can the Bucs pass up on the chance to add a Florida boy that just so happened to be a Gator legend? There is no doubt that Tebow is a human marketing machine, and yes, he does have his detractors. But how many No. 15 Bucs jerseys can they sell in the state of Florida?
There are still many people both in football and in the media that think Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL, including Monday Night Football analyst, former NFL head coach and Tampa resident Jon Gruden. He told ESPN Radio that “Tebow has proved to a lot of people that he’s a premier competitor, he’s a great game day clutch, hard-nosed football player.” He also said that a team must tailor some plays to fit his skill set.
Should the Bucs take a chance on Tebow?
From a marketing standpoint and a team management standpoint it might just be a very low risk and high reward move for the Bucs to make.
Tebow has visited the community a couple of times this year, and he co-owns a fitness center in Citrus Park so he does have some local ties.
It is very early in this process but there is no doubt that the Bucs will get a call from Denver and Tebow will be offered. The question remains will be at a price that can’t be refused.
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