Tim Tebow Trade Talk: Potential Destinations for Jets QB

Ryan Alfieri@Ryan_AlfieriCorrespondent IIIDecember 30, 2012

Tim Tebow Trade Talk: Potential Destinations for Jets QB

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    The New York Jets have completely fumbled their quarterback situation to the point that it is a "virtual certainty" Tim Tebow will not be a Jet next season.

    When looking for possible suitors for Tebow, there are only a select few teams that would a) be able to benefit from all of the off-field controversy that Tebow brings and b) have their football people on board with the decision.

    Here are some possible landing spots for Tebow next season.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Jacksonville is the clear-cut front-runner to land Tebow. ESPN's Chris Mortensen (via colleague Adam Schefter) reports that Tebow is halfway back to his hometown by now:

    And @mortreport reports it's "a virtual certainty" that Tim Tebow will play in 2013 for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 23, 2012

    Obviously, Tebow's presence would be huge for ticket sales for a franchise that has relied on tarps to keep the games on television, but bringing in Tebow has huge implications for this team's future.

    Will Gene Smith's replacement as GM sign off on the acquisition? Tebow's presence alone will drive away top candidates.

    If Tebow is brought in, it will clearly be a move forced by the owner. As we have seen time and time again, ownership meddling in football operations is never a good sign for a franchise's long-term success.

Buffalo Bills

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    Buffalo GM Buddy Nix reportedly showed strong interest in drafting Tebow back in 2010, but the Broncos' selection of him in the first round spoiled that possibility.

    Now, the Bills have another chance to bring him to Buffalo to possibly give this long-dormant franchise a spark. Besides, Nix has stated that it is time to bring in a new quarterback.

    The Bills have not generated the kind of publicity they had hoped with their games in Toronto. Bringing in Tebow would at least give this team some buzz and a fallback option in case it parts ways with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Of course, this also hinges on who the Bills bring in to replace Chan Gailey as head coach.

St. Louis Rams

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    As Jeff Darlington of NFL.com points out, the Rams were one of the few teams remotely interested in Tebow's services when he became available from the Denver Broncos.

    With Sam Bradford still suffering from inconsistency, perhaps Tebow could come in and give the offense an added element. Of course, at the same time, it could lead to Bradford's demise as it did with Mark Sanchez in New York.

    Jeff Fisher is very much an outside-the-box thinker and obviously likes the idea of having a player like Tebow on his team, but he may reconsider the consequences after watching what has happened to the Jets this year.

    If nothing else, Tebow's presence would provide some buzz for a team that could use a boost in fan support.

Arizona Cardinals

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    Well, their quarterback situation can't get much worse, can it?

    The fact that Arizona has the single worst quarterback situation in the NFL also means that, unlike teams like the Jets, it does not have to worry about Tim Tebow impeding the development of a "franchise quarterback."

    Plus, Tebow's durability and strength will allow him to survive constantly being hit behind a horrendous offensive line.

Canadian Football League

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    As Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports points out, Tebow's best shot at being a true, professional quarterback would lead to a departure from the NFL to the CFL.

    Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who is also a former NFL quarterback guru, believes in Tebow's potential:

    Based on what I’ve seen, I believe that in the right environment, and with a chance to go through the right process, that Tim Tebow can develop into being an elite quarterback in the NFL," Trestman told Yahoo!'s Mike Silver in 2010 after working with the then-draft prospect.

    Sure, Tebow will have to swallow a lot of pride to leave the NFL, but it could be his only opportunity to be a full-time quarterback. If he plays well enough, perhaps an NFL team will give him another shot.

    Of course, the CFL will benefit greatly from having a global icon on one of its rosters. Tebow's presence will give a CFL team some regular airtime on ESPN besides the "Not Top 10" list.