With Peyton Manning signing a 5-year contract with the Broncos, Denver's next order of business will be to decide what to do with Tebow.
The hate-him-or-love-him quarterback is coming off a season in which he failed to disprove critics who say he cannot make consistently accurate throws. Yet, with the Broncos season on the line, Tebow came through more than once, including his guiding of Denver to a first-round playoff upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But with Manning in the fold, it looks like that may have been Tebow's last victory with the Broncos. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "a trade will happen" involving Tebow.
So which teams make the most sense? Here are some possible destinations.
The Dolphins missed out on both Manning and Matt Flynn in their search for a stable quarterback. Instead, Miami settled for veteran David Garrard, who signed with the team after sitting out all of last season. That addition likely won't preclude Miami from quarterback shopping, and Tebow, a University of Florida alum, would surely be a hit with the fans. But does new coach Joe Philbin want to hitch his wagon to Tebow and the offense that he forces a team to run? It remains to be seen.
Tebow was born in Jacksonville and again would fill the seats for a team that is desperate to appeal to the local fans. However, the Jags drafted Blaine Gabbert in the first round of last year's draft and while he struggled as a rookie, the team has a lot of money invested in him. New owner Shahid Khan may decide that the money created by Tebow's popularity in the region is enough to cover Gabbert's deal.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay has also been mentioned as a possibility for Tebow. Aaron Rodgers is entrenched as the starter but Flynn, last year's backup, is gone, leaving a void in the quarterback rotation. There are few quarterbacks better to learn from in today's game than Rodgers, meaning Tebow could come in with little pressure and hone his craft as Rodgers' backup.
New York Jets
The Jets just gave Mark Sanchez a lucrative extension, but that hasn't completely quieted the quarterback's critics. It figures the Jets would be more than open to adding another quarterback to push Sanchez or at the very least serve as a backup. Tebow mania in the Big Apple: a backup quarterback would never get so much publicity.
It may make sense for the Broncos to just hold on to Tebow. While Manning signed a 5-year deal, his health and age may not allow him to fulfill the full length of the contract. Tebow could learn from one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, stay in a familiar setting he is comfortable in and the Broncos could retain some insurance in case of a Manning injury. The question is, is president John Elway so eager to wash his hands of Tebow that he would not entertain hanging on to him as a reserve? The signing of Manning finally gave him an out in regard to Tebow.
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