Baltimore Ravens: Should the Team Consider Trading for Tim Tebow?

Kyle CaseyCorrespondent IIIMarch 20, 2012

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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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With Peyton Manning officially signing a five-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, one thing is apparent: the team will try to trade Tim Tebow.

Teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green Bay Packers have already been rumored to have shown interest in acquiring Tebow.

But what if the Baltimore Ravens traded for Tebow?

It's a crazy thought, but it wouldn't be too much out of the ordinary. The Ravens would certainly not acquire Tebow with the intention of making him the starter. Joe Flacco is the team's quarterback for 2012 and for years to come.

But, after Flacco, the quarterback situation in Baltimore is still up in the air. The only other quarterback on the team's roster is Tyrod Taylor, who was a rookie last season. Taylor's speed and ability to run the ball intrigued the Ravens, leading to the team drafting the former Virginia Tech Hokie.

However, Taylor is by no means worthy of being the backup quarterback in Baltimore. If Joe Flacco were to go down with an injury, the Ravens' championship hopes would immediately end, as Taylor has shown no signs of being capable of leading a team to a winning record.

Sure, Taylor only touched the field a couple of times in 2011, but just watching him in the preseason makes him appear to be not ready for the NFL just yet.

So that's where Tebow (possibly) comes into the picture. The Ravens will certainly address the backup quarterback situation in the coming months, either by signing a veteran or through the draft.

But if the team is not interested in any of the available free agents or draft prospects, Tebow could be an option.

It's no secret that Tebow is still developing as an NFL quarterback, but he would be a very serviceable backup. After helping to lead the Broncos to the AFC West title last year, as well as a 29-23 playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tebow has proven that he can lead a team in the NFL.

Regardless of Tebow's passing stats (12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2011), he is a proven winner. That is something a team must look for in finding a backup quarterback, as a backup's main duty is to be able to lead the team to victory if the starting quarterback is taken out of the game for any reason.

However, Tebow is not the best backup option right now. He would definitely give an added dimension to the Ravens offense, as the team could run more wildcat packages, but it would not be worth it. And by "it" I mean "Tebowmania."

There are several Ravens fans that are very critical of Joe Flacco, and if Flacco were to throw two or three interceptions in a game, the "Te-bow Te-bow Te-bow" chants would begin, adding unneeded pressure to the Ravens.

Any team would love to have Tebow on their team not necessarily because of his skills on the field, but the exposure he brings to the team.

The Ravens sell out almost every home game, so the team does not need a player simply to put bodies in the seats at M&T Bank Stadium. If the Ravens trade for Tebow, it would be solely a football move. Nothing else.

With that being said, there's a very small chance that the Ravens will trade for Tebow. While it would be interesting to see him in a Ravens jersey, he is not the best option for the team right now. The Ravens need to find a veteran quarterback with more experience than Tebow, as the team is too good to have a season ended by an injury to Joe Flacco.

So for any Ravens fans wishing to see Tim Tebow in a purple and black uniform in 2012, you're out of luck. General Manager Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti may consider adding Tebow to the Ravens, but they are highly unlikely to actually pick up a phone and call John Elway or Pat Bowlen to make a deal to send Tebow to Baltimore.