The NFL may be in its offseason but Tebowmania is still storming across the nation—but not just in the way that we're accustomed to.
At Denver's press conference Tuesday afternoon, when the team announced the signing of Manning, Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations commented on Tebow's future with Denver and said that it's "a possibility" that they'll look to trade him:
Coach [John] Fox and I called Tim last night and talked to him about it. I think that having been in this game for as long as I have and seen as many friends as I’ve seen in this game that all of a sudden are there one day and gone another or retire and leave, that this is a tough business. I want to tell you that the toughest thing about this whole thing is Tim Tebow because of what I think of Tim Tebow.
Elway not only discussed the notion of moving Tebow but also reminisced on the incredible run Tebow had last season as Denver's starter:
The things that he did last year was tremendous and helped turn this organization around from a 4-12 team to a playoff team and winning the division. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as a person and the things that he does, but that is no question the toughest thing about this business, is the personal side.
We just had to make a decision as an organization—myself, coach Fox, the personnel department, the coaches [as to] what would be the best opportunity for the Denver Broncos to be competitive for a world championship, and Peyton Manning was that. That’s why we chose to go in that direction.
It couldn't be more obvious that Elway and the Broncos do not feel that they can win a Super Bowl with Tebow as a starting quarterback, but that's not to say he can't be a contributor on a team that will look to make a Super Bowl run in 2012—and one team would certainly be the New England Patriots.
As I discussed in my Monday article on Tebow, I do believe that Tebow would be a solid fit with the Patriots, and I am actually "boldly" predicting that Bill Belichick and the Patriots will trade for him.
I do believe that Belichick will look at Tebow much in the same way he did Doug Flutie. Remember, Belichick brought Flutie in back in 2005 and used him in a specialized role—a role Tebow could play, too.
I can only imagine that Belichick admires Tebow, as he's not just a quarterback but a "football player." He is a player who is talented in multiple aspects of the game and could be used in several different roles with the team.
If the Patriots were to trade for Tebow, he would be used in a specialized role. What the role may be, who knows. But I could envision the idea of Tebow possibly replacing BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a short-yardage running back as well as being a threat in the passing game as a receiver for Tom Brady.
By no means would Tebow take any snaps away from Brady, but he'd just be another wrinkle in New England's incredibly dynamic offensive attack.
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