The Broncos are expected to move quickly to trade Tim Tebow as soon as the Peyton Manning signing becomes official, and they’re not going to hold out for a great offer.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the Broncos aren’t confident at all that they’re going to get much of value for Tebow, who two years ago was a first-round draft pick in Denver and two months ago was a winning quarterback in a playoff game in Denver.
As we’ve previously noted, Mortensen mentioned that Jaguars owner Shad Khan would love to see Tebow in a Jaguars uniform from a business perspective, even if the football people tell him that it doesn’t make sense from a football perspective because Blaine Gabbert was the Jaguars’ first-round pick last year and Chad Henne has been signed as well. This might just be a move where the owner overrules the football people, especially if Tebow can be had on the cheap.
Tebow’s popularity in Florida could also lead to Miami or Tampa Bay seeking his services, and the Patriots could have some interest, as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the man who drafted Tebow in Denver, and head coach Bill Belichick has said he liked Tebow after studying the Urban Meyer offense that Tebow ran at Florida.
But no matter which of those teams are interested in Tebow, they won’t be interested in giving up a bounty of draft picks for him. Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly told USA Today, “I’d be surprised if he went for much better than a fifth rounder.”
Mortensen said that if the Broncos can’t trade Tebow, they would likely release him. Bottom line: Tebowmania in Denver is dead.