Yesterday, I speculated that the Eagles might be one of the few teams interested in bringing Tim Tebow aboard once Peyton Manning finalizes his new deal with the Denver Broncos. The Eagles’ need for a backup quarterback, combined with Andy Reid’s propensity to take on low-risk, high-reward projects in the past makes Tebow to Philadelphia an interesting possibility.
I still don’t believe Tebow is a quarterback that a team can build it’s entire offense around. And though I’m not a Blaine Gabbert super fan, I’m skeptical that the Jaguars would scrap their entire plan–with or without a new owner–after one season to hand the reigns to Tebow.
And, of course, the most important factor in this whole scenario, as it is in most cases, is the money.
As I noted yesterday, given the market Tebow shouldn’t command more than a third round draft pick and his salary is more than trade friendly.
He is set to take $1,572,500 ($490,000 guaranteed) in 2012, $5.48 million in 2013 ($232,500 guaranteed), and $7.145 million (no guaranteed money) in 2014.
Apparently, Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter sees it as a possibility, too.
“This one makes so much sense to me that there’s no way it happens. One, Eagles coach Andy Reid is prone to do the unpredictable (see, Michael Vick, 2009; or Vince Young, 2010). Two, Tebow has many of the same qualities as Vick (mobile, left-handed, strong-armed). Three, switching to Tebow from Vick if Vick were to sustain an injury — he has missed at least three games because of injury in each of his three seasons in Philadelphia — would not require a major adjustment to play-calling or blocking schemes. Again, it makes so much sense that it will never happen.”
Again, I’m not advocating that Tebow line up and take 30 snaps per game behind center, but his dynamic abilities are rare and he undoubtedly possesses a skill set that could help make gameplanning against the Eagles’ offense rather troublesome.
I don’t think it’s a done deal, but you’d be foolish to think that Reid’s ears didn’t perk up when the news of a possible Tebow trade came across his desk.