Tim Tebow Trade Rumors: Where Could He Play in 2013?
One game into the 2012 season, and the Tim Tebow hype is already started. It’s not because of what he’s done on the field, though. He only rushed for 11 yards on five carries in the New York Jets‘ season opener. Instead, it’s about what he might do on Sundays and where he might do it in 2013.
That’s right. The Tebowmania that has swallowed up the Big Apple could potentially be over after just one season, an NFL source revealed to the New York Daily News. And it really just makes sense.
According to the report, Tebow is too much of a “team guy” to make an issue about his role right now, but the word is that Tebow has no plans on accepting his role as a backup as being his long-term NFL status. In other words, if Mark Sanchez keeps playing like he did in week one’s win over the Bills, Tebow is a safe bet to demand a trade out of New York.
It’s hearsay at the moment, but it got me thinking: after being traded just this off-season, where could Tebow logically go from here? Here’s five options that are at least food for thought while we consider Tebow’s future at still just 25 years old:
Miami isn’t necessarily the #1 landing spot for Tebow, but the Dolphins could quickly make a ton of sense if Ryan Tannehill ends up being a bust and the Dolphins want a cheap ploy for ticket sales. After all, they’re one of the most mis-managed franchises in the league, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Joe Philbin was out of a job after one year. Even if he didn’t take the starting gig out-right, Tebow could at least bring the Wildcat back to Miami and make their offense a little more interesting.
Tebow could return home, after all. He said “no thanks” to the Jaguars last off-season because the owner wanted him for ticket sales, but head coach Mike Mularkey wanted nothing to do with him. Blaine Gabbert looks to be making strides in his second season, so this gets less likely by the day. However, with the Jags’ owner keeping his hands in transactions, you can never say never this scenario.
Chan Gailey loves athletic quarterbacks. That’s why Tyler Thigpen, Vince Young and Tarvaris Jackson have all donned a Bills uniform in the past couple of years. If there were anywhere else, they would all have been cut pretty quickly. I always thought Tebow would be an interesting fit in a Gailey-led offense, and it’s not impossible that we could eventually see it. Ryan Fitzpatrick is too old to be a cemented in franchise quarterback and his inconsistency should leave the door open to a possible upgrade.
While it might make some sense on paper, I don’t know if the Jets would trade Tebow to a division rival, and I’d imagine Buffalo would rather just start over with a rookie than take on a major project in Tebow.
Green Bay Packers
Hey, I never said the next team Tebow was traded to would use him as a quarterback. Tebow may void a trade if he isn’t going to get a chance to start, but considering his short-comings as a passer, he may have to settle for a bigger role doing something else other than throwing ducks. In Green Bay, he’s be the Packers’ latest project, while he’d be Aaron Rodgers’ top backup with little competition. As he develops, Green Bay could use him all over the field as a running back, fullback, tight end and possibly even receiver in certain packages. They’re using a wide receiver (Randall Cobb) as their third down back and they used fullback John Kuhn as a running back in the past, so there’s really no limitations to his role if the Packers swung a trade for him. After all, it’s not like the Packers and Jets haven’t done business before (Brett Favre trade).
The Browns aren’t likely to show much interest in adding Tebow, but if they don’t draft Matt Barkley and Brandon Weeden doesn’t pan out, you just never know. However, even if they think he’s a bust as a quarterback, they certainly could use him as a runner and situational player. They’ve tried the Wildcat in the past with Josh Cribbs, but Tebow would arguably be a fantastic upgrade to run that offense in their system. It’s a long shot, but with how bad Weeden looked in week one, you can’t completely rule it out.
Ultimately, I’m not buying the hype right now. It’s fun to speculate, but we’re just one game in and one solid performance out of Sanchez doesn’t mean he’s locked-in as the starter. The Jets face a tough opponent in the Steelers this week and then face the Dolphins, 49ers and Texans in their next three games. It’s entirely possible that they’re just 2-3 after five games. If they’re 2-3 or worse, a change could easily come, which could result in these Tim Tebow trade rumors dying down quicker than they started up.