NFL Bold Prediction: Tim Tebow Will Be Traded to the New England Patriots

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIMarch 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 (R) of the Denver Broncos congraulates head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots after the Patriots won 45-10 during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Allow me to cut straight to the chase as I lay out my prediction in lieu of Peyton Manning possibly signing with the Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow will be traded to the New England Patriots

You may think I'm crazy, but there is good reason behind it. 

With the future signing of Manning, the Broncos will likely be looking to shop their former starting quarterback. Many may believe that the Miami Dolphins would be the perfect suitors for Tebow.

Miami is in major need of a starting quarterback. And lastly, the addition of the Florida native would significantly spike interest from the Miami fanbase and most certainly boost ticket sales. 

However, I am going to go against the idea of Tebow landing with Miami. He'll be a New England Patriot by the start of training camp this summer. 

According to ESPN Insider John Clayton, he reported via Twitter that if Manning were to sign with Denver, Tebow would then be traded to the Patriots.

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Manning is all but a Denver Bronco. So if the scenario continues to play out, Tebow will be a Patriot in no time, right?

I certainly believe so.

Prior to the 2010 NFL draft when Tebow was selected 25th overall by Josh McDaniels—New England's current offensive coordinator—and the Denver Broncos, Tebow visited with Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

Tebow reflected on the event prior to the Broncos/Patriots Week 15 battle.

It was a great opportunity to get to know a great coach. Just to be around coach Belichick and all the great coaches there in New England, I felt like it was a great opportunity to try to learn. So I tried to take as much as I possibly could and learn from a great coach -- one of the best to coach. It was a phenomenal opportunity for me, and I'm very grateful they were even that interested in me.

Well, Timmy I do believe that Belichick and the Patriots will be interested in you once you're placed on trading block. 

For a second now, let's take a step back and took a look at why trading for Tebow is a definite possibility.

  • McDaniels drafted him when he was head coach as the Denver Broncos to be developed as a quarterback.
  • Belichick loves "football players." Tebow is a football player. He is loaded with talent and could possibly play different positions, aside from being a backup behind Brady and Brian Hoyer. 
  • Belichick already is a fan of Tebow:

We brought Tim in and spent a whole day with him here in addition to our other interactions with him. He's an impressive young man. He had great success in college. I think all his attributes are pretty well-documented. He's a strong guy, smart, works hard, a great leader, great football character. He made a lot of big plays for Florida and won two national championships.

Tebow would not be brought to New England to play quarterback; he would be brought in as a football player. 

Like Belichick said, Tebow is strong and smart—something that Belichick looks for in his players. Tebow fits the Patriot blueprint. 

But what exactly would Tebow do?

Obviously Tebow would not play any quarterback for New England. There will be no nonsense such as a "Wild Pat" formation of some sort.

Tebow would run the ball in short-yardage situations, play tight end, play the slot receiver and simply be an asset in the passing game. 

With New England's starting running back, BenJarvus Green-Ellis becoming a free agent this offseason, Tebow could ultimately be his replacement on short-yardage downs.

The Patriots are already loaded at running back with Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Danny Woodhead. They may not have enough room to hold onto a fourth running back.

Instead, they could bring in a player like Tebow, who can fit in multiple roles and do several things effectively for the team. 

Teams like the Dolphins or the Jacksonville Jaguars may show interest in Tebow as a possible starting quarterback for them in 2012. But if the price is right for the Patriots, I am convinced that Belichick would pull the trigger and bring Tebow to Foxborough as a New England Patriot. 

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