Tim Tebow to the Tampa Bay Bucs? Don't Be Surprised If It Happens

James Williams@WordmandcAnalyst IIIMarch 19, 2012

Could this former Gator be running to Tampa Bay?
Could this former Gator be running to Tampa Bay?Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

It is not yet 4 p.m. ET and it has been about two hours since the news broke that Peyton Manning is reportedly headed to Denver. So of course listening to sports talk radio giant KOA in Denver they are looking for trading partners for the Broncos, because with Manning in town that must mean that Tim Tebow is on the trading block.

Where will the former University of Florida and Heisman Trophy winner end up?

One team that I've been thinking of is the Gator-friendly Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Take a quick look at what the Glazer Family are doing to get Bucs fans back to Raymond  James Stadium, and the addition of Tebow is not such a far reach. The cost for the Bucs to pick up Tebow would likely be a couple of second or third round draft choices.

The team has opened their wallets and added some of the biggest names in free agency with the signings of receiver Vincent Jackson, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Eric Wright. 

OK, there is that small detail that the Bucs already have a starting quarterback in Josh Freeman, who is looking like a franchise signal-caller. But can the Bucs pass up on the chance to add a Florida boy that just so happened to be a Gator legend? There is no doubt that Tebow is a human marketing machine, and yes, he does have his detractors. But how many No. 15 Bucs jerseys can they sell in the state of Florida? 

There are still many people both in football and in the media that think Tebow can play quarterback in the NFL, including Monday Night Football analyst, former NFL head coach and Tampa resident Jon Gruden. He told ESPN Radio that  “Tebow has proved to a lot of people that he’s a premier competitor, he’s a great game day clutch, hard-nosed football player.” He also said that a team must tailor some plays to fit his skill set.    

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From a marketing standpoint and a team management standpoint it might just be a very low risk and high reward move for the Bucs to make.

General manager Mark Dominik and new head coach Greg Schiano could find that under the right circumstances the combination of Freeman and Tebow might give the Bucs some very creative options.

Tebow has visited the community a couple of times this year, and he co-owns a fitness center in Citrus Park so he does have some local ties.     

It is very early in this process but there is no doubt that the Bucs will get a call from Denver and Tebow will be offered. The question remains will be at a price that can’t be refused. 

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