Tim Tebow trade talks will now begin

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Peyton Manning has informed the Broncos that he wants to play in Denver, and that means Tim Tebow is now on the trading block.

We reported when the Broncos first began their pursuit of Manning that Tebow would be traded if Manning signed with the Broncos, and now ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting that the Tebow trade talks are set to commence.

So where will Tebow land? The first teams we’d keep an eye on are in Florida, where Tebow was a Heisman Trophy-winning and national championship-winning quarterback for the Gators. In both Miami and Jacksonville, the owners might step in and say that they simply can’t afford not to trade for Tebow, who would be an immediate boost at the box office.

If you think the owner has no business telling the football people what to do, you might be right. But the reality is that in the NFL, the owner sometimes steps in on a decision, especially when it comes to the acquisition of a quarterback. We’ve seen that in the Manning chase, and now we may see it with the Tebow trade talks.

It’s entirely possible that there’s some coach out there who loves Tebow’s potential and would like to give him a shot as a starter, but it seems at least as likely that trading for Tebow will be about an owner insisting that it’s the right thing to do for the franchise’s bottom line. And the place where Tebow is most popular is Florida.

161 responses to “Tim Tebow trade talks will now begin

  1. how hilarious will it be if the Dolphins end up with Tebow when they were so sure they had Manning in the bag.

  2. john elway will ruin his legacy

    peyton is a marked man,

    like dennis allen used to with the saints,

    hit them

    hard

    the QB must go down hard, peyton must go down hard

  3. I’ll be stunned if the Dolphins trade for him. Jacksonville makes infinitely more sense from a fan base perspective. (I’m not sure what makes more sense from a football perspective… probably neither of them.)

  4. Tebow for Gabbert, straight up. Blaine is not ready to play right now, a couple years behind PM would do him good.

  5. Tebow would be a GREAT fit in Buffalo as Fitzpatricks backup. They run a spread and Chan Gailey would have a special package for him (ala Brad Smith).

    They could flip them Thigpen and the 4 they got for lee evans. That sounds fair.

  6. Since Gabbert is the next bust anyway, why wouldnt the Jaguars be interested in selling a crap load of jerseys and tickets. Jags or Dolphins could go 0-16 with Tebow and probally bring in more money and attendance then they have in recent years.

  7. I hate them…but the Eagles are the best fit for Tebow. Vick is always getting hurt and Tebow makes for a somewhat similar style of play, plus, he is a winner. If you want to make a run to the superbowl with a QB that gets injured a lot…you need a QB that can still get a couple W’s. He’ll end up an eagle.

  8. Why would anyone trade for a QB that can’t throw, call the Broncos bluff they will release Tebow because of the distraction it will cause. Then you van get him for cheap.

  9. Pretty sure after the Dolphins squandered a 15-0 lead last year, they’ll take a peaksy at him. If someone with that horrible of a passing game can beat the Dolphins…

  10. Eric Crouch made the mistake of informing teams that he would only play QB and not be open to changing positions. Obviously that was a huge mistake………

    Tebow is a talented runner and a could probably transition to tight end without a problem. I hope he’s smart enough to understand that he can still have a solid NFL career and make lots of money if he keeps those doors open.

  11. If the Dolphins trade for Tebow, I think that might end my Run with the team. My first game was in 1973 against the Lions. I was 5. This is a sad way for things to end.

  12. As much as Jacksonville and Miami make sense…my gut says he’ll be a situational player for New England next season.

  13. albanyhawker says:Mar 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    What’s Tebow’s current contract? How much do you think a team would have to give up to get him, assuming anyone wants him?
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    not that much considering he was late first rounder under the new rookie wage scale. Stephen Ross CAN afford him.

  14. Look if you wright the check, you have the right to tell your people what to do. Now is a smart football choice, probably not. Could be smart business well probably in Jacksonville spot.

  15. The ONLY way Ross’ Dolphins gets a big-name, franchise QB this year is to trade for one… Even Alex Smith didn’t want to sign there.

    I imagine they go very hard after Tebow.

  16. Tebow will command a first and third round pick. It’s the christian thing to do. Ha. the onto thing tebow has going for him is a team not filling seats will sell additional tickets to see the winner boy. Unfortunately, his lack of skill will catch up again and those seats will again go empty.

  17. Dolphins fan- “Please sign Manning!
    Er, Please sign Flynn!
    Er, Please sign Garrard!
    Er, Please sign Smith!
    Er, Please sign Tebow!”

    You have a decent qb in Moore and a team FULL of holes. How about you fix your team, give the young qb a chance, and draft some competition for him in the backend of the draft.

    You know, manage your team like every other NFL franchise?

  18. Hey where is the rumor suggesting the Jets are interested … that is usually par for the course everytime any NFL player becomes available no?

  19. Tim Tebow to Miami for one of them shiny 3rd round picks they recieved from the bears…

    Is it the solution to Miami’s problems? Probably not… Will it help with black outs? Probably will…

  20. I will not watch another game of the Browns if they trade for him.

    If you are a Browns fan and want him on the team you need to check your sanity.

  21. What trade talks? Why would anyone help the Broncos out by alieviating them from the mess that is Tebow and his followers? If they net a 7th round pick I’ll be impressed

  22. From an outsiders prospective – Indifferent on Tebow – He has the talent to be a very productive (Hell maybe a Pro Bowl) talent in the NFL. I just don’t believe he can consistently win as a Quarterback. This isn’t to take anything away from what his contributions last year, it just appears that’s the situation he’s in. The problems he faces are as follows:

    1st: The amount of hits he takes in a game will wear on him substantially.

    2nd: With his style of play at QB, the more tape a team has, the worse off he will be.

    That said, I believe he could be a major asset to a team as a H-Back/Tight End. He has an incredible football IQ and the tenacity to be one hell of a pro.

    His celebrity though could be his undoing. Wherever he goes, the hype, polarization comes with him. Be it his doing, the media, etc. It is always there, and will always be there. NFL teams need to weigh the good and the bad and decide what type of franchise they want to be.

  23. Wow, so the Broncos are giving up on the most marketable player in the league for a 36 year old who has had 4! – four! – cuatro! – neck surgeries and still does not have his normal strength in his throwing arm.

    I realize Tebow is far from perfect, but the kid deserved an off-season to see if he could improve his decision making on where to throw the ball quicker.

    I hate this deal, I think it is stupid and it gives you a one or two year window IF he is even healthy. After that, you are the Dolphins, Denver.

  24. If Miami signs this guy, I will disown them as my favorite team. Stick with Matt Moore. He’s fine until we can draft someone.

  25. Trade Tebow ? Nobody is going to offer a high pick to take on that salary & media frenzy…they will have to cut him. Tebow will sign with Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota or Arizona

  26. Smith will be a 9er and Tebow will be a Dolphin, unless they somehow manage to lose out to the Jags.

    No way Smith signs in Miami; SF is the only place where he can play expect to get offers again in 3 years. He goes to Miami and he’s done next year (out of the league done).

  27. If I’m an interested team, I do nothing big. If they won’t accept a 3rd round or lower, let them keep him. He’ll be toxic for them and he’ll get cut.

  28. Not a Broncos fan and really not a Tebow fan, but Elway and the organization are a bunch of a-holes for the way they’ve treated this kid. All he did was come in and make the Broncos relevant last year, energized a fan base and took them to the playoffs. Say what you want about it was the defense and running game…that’s why they were 1 and 4 before Tebow took over. Peyton isn’t clean here either…he STOLE the Colts money last year and now is STEALING some kids job because the Neckless Horesemen still wants to play. I thought the game was about winning, not stats. Ask Marino if he’d rather have records or a ring.

  29. Tebow to JAX — remove the traps from the covered seats, sell them for $10 each (single game tickets only) and start building a younger fan base for the future!

  30. Tebow’s trade value is high to desperate owners & any team with chronic blackouts.

    So, beyond the obvious choices of Jax & Miami, other not so obvious choices would be Tampa Bay (cheapskate owners with dwindling fan base), San Diego (gotta prepare for Rivers leaving some time, plus dwindling fan base) and Dallas (good ole boys will love him, plus brings the spotlight back to Dallas).

    I like the Eagles idea too. Get a running QB to back up a running QB.

  31. Where ever Tim goes ,its going to be a sad day for that teams receivers..Great Guy…Horrible..NFL QB….IMO..he should change position to FB…I would rather have Ryan Leaf QB than Tim…good player just not QB……..pats for life

  32. Tebow to JAX — remove the tarps from the covered seats, sell them for $10 each (single game tickets only) and start building a younger fan base for the future!

  33. What about Philly?……..he could back up Vick for a few years, who would surely be injured alot, so he’d get to play…….then take over when Vick is done!……..are you listening Andy??!!

  34. First and foremost, the broncos owe tebow being cut so he can go where he wants. Love him or hate him tebow killed himself for Denver last year all while ownership gave him no respect.

    As far as where he goes I thought Miami, but I read someone’s comment about tebow to Philly and as much as I would hate it, it does sound like Andy/Marty production to think they can turn tebow into a qb, and perhaps they can. I’d rather not see it

  35. I really hope for Dolphin fans that they don’t trade for Tebow. Doing so would be an insult and will further highlight just how incompetent Ross and Ireland are.

  36. Tebow’s current contract is a 5 yr deal worth 11.25 mil with 8.7 guaranteed so it shouldn’t be too difficult of a task for the jags or dolphins to pick that up…it would definately be worth it for either one of them considering the fan buzz they would create bringing an nfl playoff qb that brought the heisman and national title to the gators a few years back

  37. I see Tebow lining up in NE’s backfield with Brady, Hernandez, and Ridley. Belichik will get him for a 5th rounder and a bag of chips.

  38. This won’t happen but it wouldn’t completely surprise be if JJ tried to make a play for him to Dallas. Yeah I know.. but… he’s done stranger things.

  39. “blainegabbert says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:22 PM

    I’m so screwed…”

    I wish I could like this more.

    Skins let go of Sellers. Send Tebow over as a Fullback. I would support that.

  40. What happens if Tebow goes to another bottom dweller like the Broncos last year (who were 0-4 before he started) and gets them to the playoffs. His style is ugly but you can’t argue with the results. Every coach wants a ball controll game with a horse at runningback, why is it such a stretch to get the same thing from a QB that every now and then can throw for a TD.

    Everyone says it’s about wins and losses, by how Tebow is being treated proves that’s not the case.

  41. It’s laughable to see the posts about keeping Tebow to learn from Manning. Did any of you pay attention to how much Curtis Painter apparently learned from Manning? Peyton is not in the market of teaching his potential replacement.

  42. medtxpack says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:18 PM

    albanyhawker says:Mar 19, 2012 12:10 PM

    What’s Tebow’s current contract? How much do you think a team would have to give up to get him, assuming anyone wants him?
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    not that much considering he was late first rounder under the new rookie wage scale. Stephen Ross CAN afford him.

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    His contract might be small but it’s not because of the new wage scale. Tebow was drafted in 2010, the year before the scale was implemented.

  43. The Factory of Sadness does not need this no-talent hack and his revival tent sideshow. I’d rather watch Colt McCoy go 0-16.

    Stay away, Big Show, stay away.

  44. Elway just blew it. Manning is not going to be the savior for Denver and they will break the bank on him. Manning is never going to come back as the Peyton of old. Denver is going to burden their team with a bunch of old, broken down Colts and spend a lot of money to keep Peyton happy. Nothing much will come of it. Tebow hopefully will go to a team that wants to help him develop and one day Elway will be known as the idiot who traded Tim Tebow and crippled the Broncos by spending a lot of money on a past his prime Peyton Manning.

  45. The perfect set up is Tebow to the Eagles for Asante Samuals.

    Tebow would be a great back up for Vick, and with Vick being a china doll, he’d get to play in 4 or 5 games a year.

  46. how about to the chiefs? they’d start cassel, have jamaal charles and hillis in the backfield, and run packages with mccluster and tebow to keep defenses completely confused… i like it…

  47. Pats would be a nice fit b/c of their tendency to think outside the box but I’m not sure if it is wise to take Tom Brady off the field if you don’t have to.

    Send him to the Phins, Jags, or Browns…it’ll give us a reason to watch them.

  48. Last year I wrote a post on buyer’s remorse with Tebow jerseys.

    How are all you idiots feeling now?

    I have no hatred for Tebow; he generally sounds like a decent guys. But all the morons that went all in for “Tebowmania” look real stupid about now.

  49. andyreidisfat says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:30 PM
    First and foremost, the broncos owe tebow being cut so he can go where he wants. Love him or hate him tebow killed himself for Denver last year all while ownership gave him no respect.
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    The Bronco’s owe Tebow absolutely nothing.

    The guy got paid, did he not?

  50. shieldsisland37 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:21 PM
    Dolphins fan- “Please sign Manning!
    Er, Please sign Flynn!
    Er, Please sign Garrard!
    Er, Please sign Smith!
    Er, Please sign Tebow!”

    You have a decent qb in Moore and a team FULL of holes. How about you fix your team, give the young qb a chance, and draft some competition for him in the backend of the draft.

    You know, manage your team like every other NFL franchise?
    —————–
    I think Carolina already went through the “Let’s give Matt Moore a chance to start after he had a nice 2nd half of the season” thing. And they ended up with the #1 pick the following year.

  51. When, in recent history, has sitting behind a great QB helped out the backup? Tebow on the bench does nothing to help him out in the long run.

    And please don’t try to say Rodgers. He was a starting QB that was riding the bench from day one due to Farve.

  52. According to the Denver Post, the Tebow contract looks like this:

    2012: $1.942.5 million (fully guaranteed)
    2013: $2.266.75 million (fully guaranteed)
    2014: $2.590.5 million ($567,500 guaranteed)

    He had a $6.275 million bonus that was paid last year. I believe he also hit his one-time $1.537.5 playing bonus last year (45% of snaps).

    The contract can double based on 55% playing time in 2012 and/or 70% in 2013. There are also other typical bonuses (NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP).

    In short, the cap implications of Tebow seem quite manageable. In fact, for a team trying to sell tickets like Jacksonville, he could be viewed as a bargain, sufficiently enough to eat Henne’s signing bonus.

  53. chiadam says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:22 PM
    Tebow to the Manitoba Rough Riders for a case of Molsons and a Wayne Gretzky rookie card.
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    Ya, or the Jacksonville Dolphins.

    Urgh.

  54. If Jacksonville jettisons Gabbert after one year, that is an admission of failure on their part. Gabbert was the 8th pick in last year’s draft.

    I could see Tebow going to Miami, but I don’t know why the Broncos don’t keep him. It’s not like Manning has more than 3-4 years left.

  55. fwippel says:

    Gabbert was the 8th pick in last year’s draft.
    _______________________________
    10th pick

  56. Jax will not, and I am 100% positive, will not trade for Tim Tebow.

    They already have one unproven QB. Why would they need two? Further, can you imagine the circus? With a new coaching staff, the last thing they want is that circus. Every redneck Gator screaming “Tebow” after every play?

    Also, why would any team give anythign up for Tebow when they know that Denver will have no alternative but to cut him and make him a free agent?

  57. If I’m a team I don’t trade for Tebow cause he’ll be cut by the broncos anyways

  58. I’ll take him in Miami. So much of you haters. So fans want a Brandon Marshall head case with some taent over Tebow? He’s a good guy, that needs the right system. I like his character, Yes I want this guy on my team.
    You probably all think Henne is better. Tebow gives the team a chance to win, he’s exciting, and sells seats.
    I don’t get you people. What was his record as a starter in Denver?
    Whatever happened to, “I don’t care how we win, just win?”

  59. Tebow will be traded to Miami for a second round pick, but it will be Denver giving Miami the second round pick.

  60. Tampa is another landing spot. Freeman is not all that – check his stats. AZ, TN, SF, CLE, MN, PHI, NYJ, NE, BAL, JAX, MIA, KC are all places Tebow could land and probably a few other sleeper teams as well. Tebow’s contract is for about $1.6M in 2012, $1.1M in 2013 and a measly $6,700,000 in 2014. That’s 3 years for under $3M folks for a QB who just won a division title, won a playoff game all in 13 games and is still very young with a ton of upside. Let the bidding begin!

  61. maybe the worst possible thing for Tebow…very well could be out of the league soon – unless he moves to H-back

  62. bronco1st says:Mar 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    Tampa is another landing spot. Freeman is not all that – check his stats. AZ, TN, SF, CLE, MN, PHI, NYJ, NE, BAL, JAX, MIA, KC are all places Tebow could land and probably a few other sleeper teams as well. Tebow’s contract is for about $1.6M in 2012, $1.1M in 2013 and a measly $6,700,000 in 2014. That’s 3 years for under $3M folks for a QB who just won a division title, won a playoff game all in 13 games and is still very young with a ton of upside. Let the bidding begin!
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    Nice take that Tampa may be interested, but you’re either going to have to check your math or your use of commas.

  63. It will either be the Jaguars or a speaking tour for Timmy – nobody else will want his quacking throws OR the disruption he brings to the team.

    Sure, Tebow is a “nice guy” (big deal, so are 90% of the players in the NFL), but his effect on a team is a lot like T.O. – the minute he arrives, he divides the fan base and the team. Who needs that?

    For the Jag’s he brings ticket and jersey sales to help save a terrible team. But nobody else is that desperate or that excited about Tebow.

  64. Tim Tebow to the 49ers and takes them to the Super Bowl. They did okay with another lefty scrambling QB that all the experts said would never be an NFL caliber QB.

    Denver goes 6-10 and misses playoffs.

  65. cl8n82 says:
    Mar 19, 2012 12:13 PM
    tebow to the browns for #22

    they get him as they know he can already beat Pukesburgh..

    This would seem like a great fit if CLE wasn’t running the West Coast offense.

  66. Green Bay.

    He can sit on the bench and learn and be used as a gadget play guy.

    NO ONE in Green Bay will be calling for him to get the starters job.

  67. 1972wasalongtimeago says:
    “If the Dolphins trade for Tebow, I think that might end my Run with the team. My first game was in 1973 against the Lions. I was 5. This is a sad way for things to end”.

    Maybe when Tebow shows up he can show you how to be a man. I’ve been a fan of the Dolphins since 1985 and it hasn’t always been easy but at least I know what loyalty is. Go root for the PATS so you can feel good about yourself. What a coward… Don’t come back when T. Brady retires and you get tired of losing again. I speak for ALL Dolphins fans when I say “We have it hard enough, we don’t need CLOWNS like you jumping ship and blogging about it”.

  68. When the Dolphins had Marino, they had the ticket to ride. Tebow, while not Marino in nearly any way is another guy that is a lot LIKE Marino and his fan appeal would be undeniable. Plus, he performs well in this climate and would be surrounded by positive vibes for a change instead of Denver doubt. Dolphins or even Tampa Bay would work but my hope is the Phins if anywhere. GREAT match.

  69. 157 comments and no one mentioned Minnesota. Here is the logic:
    1. Ponder did not impress anyone last year.
    2. Tebow makes any lack of WRs less worrisome.
    3. Reunited with Harvin (a pseudo WR).
    4. Instant perfect backup in Joe Webb.
    5. Power Running Game with Tebow, Harvin, Adrian Peterson, and Gerhart.
    6. How else can the Vikings hope to compete in perhaps the strongest division in the NFC? Mix it up!
    7. Stadium drive needs momentum.

  70. Tebow won’t get traded because nobody will step up with those passing skills….

    Then Denver will be looking at cutting him… nobody will pick up that contract, so Tebow is looking at new contract no matter what…

    if he’s smart (which I doubt) he will offer to renegotiate NOW to stay behind Peyton for 3-4 years, then maybe he’ll be a QB (but i doubt that too)

    the bad thing for Denver if they put Tebow behind Peyton is that if Peyton takes a hard hit and gets IR’d…. you are back to 123 yards a game mid season…ouch.

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