If Peyton ends up in Denver, Tebow's destination might surprise you
If Manning is signed, it instantly provides John Elway with a viable excuse to get rid of Tim Tebow, whom he clearly doesn't trust to be the QB of the future. Tebow's a fan favorite, but Manning should be able to quell any discontent relatively quickly.
If Manning ends up in Denver, Tebow will likely be traded almost immediately. Elway has no desire to keep him around, and the presence of Manning would make Tebow irrelevant.
The ideal team for Tebow seems to be the Jaguars. Blaine Gabbert, their current QB, is terrible. He's one of the few QBs in the league with whom Tebow could legitimately compete. Also, they're close to the University of Florida, where Tebow is a living legend.
Whether or not he improved the team, Tebow would definitely put a lot of fans in the stands in Jacksonville.
However, according to John Clayton, the rumor is that the Broncos would trade Tebow to the Patriots.
This actually makes a ton of sense, on a few different levels. Tebow fans probably wouldn't like the idea, since it would certainly end the idea of him being a starting QB. When the other options are guys like Kyle Orton or Brady Quinn, Tebow has a chance to play QB. But when Tom Brady is tossing the ball around with machine-like efficiency, there is no chance of a QB controversy.
Tebow would likely have to switch positions if he were to end up in New England, which might actually be the best thing for him as an NFL player.
There's no denying that he's an incredibly talented athlete. Tebow has size, speed, and is one of the hardest workers in the game. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is one of the most creative coaches in the NFL, and there's no doubt that he would find a way to make Tebow an integral part of the team.
Whether it's on offense, defense or special teams, Tebow would be a contributor in Belichick's system... and almost definitely not as a QB.
A few options:
TE: The Patriots are looking for a 3rd tight end right now anyway, and need someone to give Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez a rest from time to time. Tebow has the speed and strength to pull it off, and with the amount of multiple tight end sets that the Patriots use, he could definitely be a factor.
FB/RB/H-back: The Patriots have a few running backs in their stable right now, but no one really stands out as the clear favorite. Tebow could compete in their backfield, and could also give them an element of the Wildcat offense if they chose to go that route.
Safety: The Patriots' secondary is one of their biggest weaknesses. They've converted several offensive players already, and Tebow could be another. As I've said quite a few times... he has the athletic ability. He could be solid in coverage, and is big enough to lay a hit now and then.
Linebacker: This might be a stretch, and would require a complete change in mentality for Tebow, and I'm not sure if he's capable of flying around the field and hitting people for a living. I'm not sure if he has the killer mentality of a Ray Lewis, but it's a possibility.
Special teams guru: Tebow could definitely be used in kick coverage, or even in the return game. He doesn't have the elite speed that you'd want as a returner, but he could lay a few blocks and get out in front of the returner. He definitely seems like the kind of player who could make a difference here.
Regardless, there's a ton of possibilities for Tebow, and they would exist even if he were to go somewhere other than New England. The biggest difference is that if he went to the Patriots, there would be no doubt about it... he has zero chance of being the starting QB.
What do you think of the idea of Tebow to the Patriots?