Minnesota Vikings: Why They Will Go After Tim Tebow

Collin Kottke@CollinKottkeCorrespondent IIIMarch 20, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New England Patriots 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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Peyton Manning controls a lot. He controls his own destiny and took that destiny to the Denver Broncos. Peyton’s decision leaves a certain someone out in the cold…Tim Tebow. Before Linsanity came and went, Tebow was the obsession of choice for sports media and now he’s seemingly on the open market.

Once the Manning deal is official in Denver, the Broncos will look to deal Tim Tebow. Tebow is obviously not as talented of quarterback as Manning, but if you thought Manning created a media frenzy just you wait for the Tim Tebow sweepstakes.

Many teams may look at Tebow, especially his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, but why not the Minnesota Vikings?

Let’s look at the facts. The Vikings aren't going to win many games this upcoming year. The Vikings are solidly fourth in the NFC North and that’s not going to change. So why not go after Tim Tebow?

The Vikings are rebuilding and it’s nearly impossible to fix it for this year. This is the time when the Vikings have to dig deep and decide if Christian Ponder is the quarterback of the future. If he is, he plays all year to grow and develop. If he’s not, Tim Tebow has to be a very serious option.

With the Vikings struggling on the field, they will also struggle to put butts in the seats of the Metrodome. In all honesty that’s probably a main reason the Vikings signed former Seahawk tight end John Carlson last week. With Carlson being from Litchfield, Minnesota, the organization hopes he’ll draw a crowd. It’s the hometown player ploy that Minnesota has gotten used to with the likes of the Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer and the Minnesota Lynx’s Lindsay Whalen.

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Who better to fill the seats than Tim Tebow? He single-handedly can captivate a nation, and maybe more importantly, people who aren't big football fans are tuning in. More people tuning in equals more people coming to the games equals more money for the franchise.

It’s scary to think a team might make a move like this as a gimmick to get people in the seats, but it just might happen and just might work. The Vikings are in a rebuilding mode, so why not take a chance on a high-profile quarterback that’ll keep filling the seats? Besides, who knows how well the gimmick might work. The Lynx brought in Whalen for that reason and are now currently the defending WNBA champions.

Obviously, the NFL does not even come close in comparison to the WNBA, but it’s a similar situation. Besides, all Tim Tebow does is win—just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Vikings themselves when Tebow brought the Broncos into the Dome for a big win en route to Denver’s playoff run.

It may be a crazy idea, but it maybe just crazy enough to work. If a 40-year-old quarterback can bring the Vikings to the NFC Championship, think of what could happen with Tebow.

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