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Peyton’s decision will put another quarterback in play

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It’s a given that, if Peyton Manning chooses the Broncos, Tim Tebow will be traded.  Indeed, a significant part of the Peyton chase, from the perspective of V.P. of football operations John Elway, is that Peyton provides the perfect cover for punting on Tebow.

On Friday, I explained to Joe Rose of WQAM in Miami that, if the Dolphins whiff on Matt Flynn and Manning goes to Denver, owner Stephen Ross will continue to flail at the piñata of legitimacy by trying to trade for Tebow.  Joe Rose hated like the idea, as the audio posted at the Sun-Sentinel website demonstrates.  He also challenged me to reduce the concept to writing, which I promptly did.

But let’s not simply confine this discussion to Peyton choosing the Broncos.  If he picks the 49ers, a first overall pick turned journeyman turned bust turned journeyman turned bust turned serviceable starter under the influence of Jim Harbaugh will become available.

Technically, Alex Smith already is available — and apparently the phone isn’t ringing.  So unless Jim Harbaugh chooses to keep Smith and Colin Kaepernick on the bench behind Peyton, Smith will have to hope that someone else is interested.

The best development for a quarterback-needy team would be a decision by Peyton to sign with the Titans.  That would put Matthew Hasselbeck on the market, and it would be a much, much better football fit for the Dolphins (who tried to trade for him in 2001).  The Dolphins plan to run the West Coast offense, something Hasselbeck mastered during his time in Green Bay and Seattle.  Though he wouldn’t put the same number of butts in the seats as Tebow, the team would be better off with Hasselbeck.

And then the Dolphins and Mike Holmgren could arm wrestle all over again for the chance to land him.

Here’s more on the displacement of Tebow or Hasselbeck, from Friday’s PFT Live.

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22 Responses to “Peyton’s decision will put another quarterback in play”
  1. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 17, 2012 10:06 AM

    Dolphins will end up with Flynn…. it makes the most sense.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 17, 2012 10:08 AM

    The next “curse of the Bambino” is going to be applied to Denver should they trade Tebow. He won’t be stopped and someone will teach him how to throw. It should be Manning. That would be a hell of a Manning Passing Camp for Tebow to sit a couple more years and soak it in. Ain’t like he’s going to get too old. Trade him at your own peril, Denver.

  3. beatjoeunibrow says: Mar 17, 2012 10:12 AM

    and what about jake locker?????

  4. justafanofitall says: Mar 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    Dolphins should land Flynn…younger and future……but get him some offense around him or he won’t succeed. Hasselback is on the back end of his career as was Peyton. Tebow is a bust and why would anyone want him for a starter.

  5. nflgreedleague says: Mar 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    In a long list of stupid ideas these has to be the dumbest yet. Tebow is going to run Philbin’s west coast offense, right! You so obviously let your hatred of Ross and the Dolphins cloud your ability to produce quality articles/ideas.

  6. myasylum11 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:27 AM

    Don’t forget, this may be a bit of a long shot, but I wouldn’t be too suprised to see a Mr. Brett Favre peering around the corner either…

  7. joem76 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:29 AM

    As far as Hasselbeck is concerned, the Titans would still be on the hook due to the guarantee amount in his contract. In my opinion, if they did sign Manning, wouldn’t it make more sense to keep Hasselbeck? 1. It’s an insurance policy because they have no idea how Peyton will react to getting hit during a game. 2. I would think if a team is desperate enough, they would make a trade of somehow to acquire Hasselbeck’s services. He still has something left in the tank and could help a team.

    I don’t recall the cap number or the hit the Titans would take for keeping him versus cutting him. I don’t think it was that much more if they kept him….so he might as well stay put on the roster. It wouldn’t hurt.

  8. rajbais says: Mar 17, 2012 10:33 AM

    I like Matt Hasselbeck, but there were 4 games where Jake locker had to come in and substitute for him because Hasselbeck wasn’t playing well.

    Four games that ultimately were losses were bad for a team that was able to go to the playoffs!!!!

    I think he can still play, but I truly feel he needs to be a back up that has to fill in for a struggling or injured QB.

  9. waldoampere says: Mar 17, 2012 11:06 AM

    Is there any athlete in the country right now feeling more disrespected than Matt Moore?

  10. finhead says: Mar 17, 2012 11:33 AM

    When Brett Manning finally makes a decision and if he goes with the Broncos, and Dolphins management makes a run at Tebow, I will quit them until Tebow is cut next year!!

  11. theytukrjobs says: Mar 17, 2012 11:38 AM

    I’ve been saying this forever but Tebow would be a great addition to virtually any NFL team, just not as a starting QB. Use him in short yardage situations or to run down the clock with the zone read or just to throw some spice at opponents and force them to prepare for what he can do.

    As a starter he’ll never put up big points. Plain and simple. Team has all week to just prepare for what he can do and there is no contest. He’s easy to stop. But if you just have him in your back pocket, or coming off the bench due to injury, he’s totally solid.

  12. hawkron says: Mar 17, 2012 11:39 AM

    If Hass was to be cut or be put on the trading block, there would be many teams jumping at the chance to get him. He would instantly become the best FA QB on the market.. Just like last year….. And FTR there was only one game where Locker came in because Matt was ineffective, and two more where Matt got hurt.. Locker really only played in 3 games, and took a few snaps in the other 2..

  13. 9er4lyfe says: Mar 17, 2012 11:40 AM

    Wow you mean Alex hasnt got any offers from anyone? Hmmmm.. I wonder why? hahaha

  14. emmac13 says: Mar 17, 2012 11:48 AM

    If Flynn lands in Miami, Manning in Denver, 49ers resign Smith, Hassel remains in TN, where goes Tebow? Cleveland? I do think he would do better than Colt in a play action West Coast offense.

  15. tominma says: Mar 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    More and more, Im beginning to think that Peyton is just another greedy ball player!

  16. mjkelly77 says: Mar 17, 2012 12:34 PM

    tominma says:Mar 17, 2012 11:53 AM

    More and more, Im beginning to think that Peyton is just another greedy ball player!
    ____________________

    I wanted to give the comment above a “thumbs up” but wasn’t allowed. Unbiased media, my a$$.

  17. realitypolice says: Mar 17, 2012 1:12 PM

    nflgreedleague says:
    Mar 17, 2012 10:20 AM
    In a long list of stupid ideas these has to be the dumbest yet. Tebow is going to run Philbin’s west coast offense, right! You so obviously let your hatred of Ross and the Dolphins cloud your ability to produce quality articles/ideas.
    ==========================

    Yes, of course, Because Stephen Ross has such a history of making sound, reasonable football decisions and would NEVER consider bringing someone in because that didn’t fit the offense only because they would sell tickets. Perish the thought!

  18. tluke25 says: Mar 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    I don’t think Tebow is a great QB, but the irony of it is that he can win football games, and I believe he can even win Super Bowls.

    Put him in a West Coast offense, similar to what the old 49ers had and John Elway, and put great receivers around him, and the irony of it all is that he will be even better than the best QB’s. His ability to galvanize a team is unparalleled to any QB we’ve seen.

    I’m not saying Brees, Brady, and Manning aren’t great leaders and can do the same, but I truly believe Tebow takes it to a whole other level. His passion, calmness, and belief is highly contagious. That is one of the reasons for his unexplainable success.

  19. commandercornpone says: Mar 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    tebow 13 starts this year: 8-5. includes a playoff win.

    manning’s last 13 starts: 8-5. includes no playoff wins.

  20. nflfan877 says: Mar 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    Hasselbeck made lemonade out of lemons in Tennessee last year.

    People forget they finished last in the AFC South in 2010, and that was with Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt.

    Still don’t understand what Pete Carroll is thinking picking Tarvaris Jackson over him.

  21. beeronthefridge says: Mar 17, 2012 6:31 PM

    Do you really believe that miami, a city that unconditionally supports the U, will fill the stadium to see a qb from the hated gayturds?

    Are you serious.

    The dolphins will LOSE season ticket holders if ross makes that move.

    Evidently the writer has no idea of the hatred between the canes and gayturds!

  22. robertdcochrane says: Mar 18, 2012 12:12 PM

    “It’s a given the Broncos will trade Tebow if they acquire Manning” – sources please.

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