Tim Tebow Rumors: Jacksonville May Be Best Landing Spot

Dan AllenCorrespondent IIMarch 20, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws a 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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With the acquisition of Peyton Manning by the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow's future as a starting quarterback has been brought into question. Barring unseen developments, Tebow is likely to be traded in the near future.

The one organization that would provide Tebow with the likeliest path back to starting quarterback is with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert is currently viewed as Jacksonville's starter going into 2012. That could quickly change if Gabbert continues to perform as poorly as he did in his rookie campaign.

The Jaguars are a run-oriented offense, much like Denver has become over the tenure of head coach John Fox. Much like offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Denver, Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey is viewed as being flexible in how he'll run the offense.

Tebow could jump into Jacksonville's offense and immediately make plays with his feet. The offense features a strong run-blocking offensive line and star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, which could possibly form a better rushing unit than that of Denver this past season.

Jacksonville is not without receivers either. Recent acquisition Laurent Robinson highlights a group that includes Mike Thomas and Marcedes Lewis, both capable pass-catchers in their own rights.

The defense is solid against the run and the pass, and stands a chance to keep the team in games and allow the option style offense to operate effectively.

Jacksonville may be willing to bring Tebow in simply to revive their fan base after another disappointing season. Tebow's association with Florida makes it a possibility that ticket sales in Jacksonville may increase with his acquisition.

Tebow's best chance for success is in Jacksonville. Partway through the season, Gabbert may not be the starter due to poor play. Other destinations may offer a roster spot, but more than likely not a possible future as a starter.

UPDATE: Followed the annulled trade to the New York Jets, Denver has announced they will give Tebow the opportunity to pick which team he wishes to be traded to between New York and Jacksonville.