Barring the unforeseen, it is a virtual certainty that Manning will become the next quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
Great. But this an Eagles-based website. So what the hell does this news have to do with the Eagles, you ask?
Those same reports indicate that the Broncos will attempt to trade quarterback and cult hero Tim Tebow. Which leads us to the obvious question–could and should the Eagles have interest in Tebow?
The short answer? They better.
Though Tebow-mania swept the nation last season, culiminating in an unlikely overtime victory against the then defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers, the market for Tebow’s services figures to be lukewarm at best. The quarterback picture around the league is largely set, with teams such as the 49ers, Dolphins, and Titans the few exceptions.
The Dolphins seem like a natural fit for Tebow, given his college success at the University of Florida, but the team needs to develop a long-term starting solution at the position and Tebow doesn’t figure to be the answer. Jacksonville also makes sense, but again, do the Jaguars see Tebow as a long-term solution at the position?
Despite his popularity, it is highly doubtful that Tebow would net the Broncos anything more than a third round pick at best.
Tebow, as many pundits suggested, could be bred as an effective backup, or as a hyprid quarterback-fullback-tight end option.
When you look at the Eagles’ current need for a backup quarterback and the dynamic playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, Tebow’s unique skillset is an interesting propisition.
With Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, and Brent Celek in the fold, there’s little reason for the Eagles to rely on gadgets and gimmicks.
But when you look at the Eagles’ redzone woes and need for a durable backup quarterback, the idea of adding a versatile player like Tebow is something that Reid would be foolish to not consider. He would most certainly bring an added element to the offense, creating matchups that would give opposing defensive coordinators headaches.
The Manning fallout might be slow. The Broncos won’t be in a rush to move Tebow. But if the market settles and the asking price fits what the Eagles would be willing to give up–don’t be shocked if he lands in Philadelphia.
The move makes too much sense.