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Is Tebow now untradeable?

Posted on: August 21, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 2:00 pm
The consensus in speaking with a handful of team personnel executives when it comes to one Tim Tebow is this: A trade could happen, but it's becoming increasingly likely the Broncos will keep or cut Tebow because the trade interest is dwindling rapidly.

The executives portray the Tebow situation as a complicated one. They believe that while the Broncos are not openly trying to trade Tebow, they say that when teams have recently inquired about him, the Broncos haven't been saying he's off the trading block, either.

Again, just to be clear, the Broncos aren't openly shopping Tebow but teams that have asked were told: Make us an offer we can't refuse.

The Broncos might deny this, but based on their recent actions, it seems they're realizing Tebow might not be a bona fide NFL thrower. Tebow was the third quarterback in Denver's last game. It might not stay that way, and there is a solid chance Tebow simply stays in Denver and learns and the franchise keeps him around.

But do you put a guy you like in that kind of embarrassing situation? Probably not.

The are two big problems for the Broncos and Tebow. First, there's the belief that the Broncos might even cut Tebow (I don't see that), so why would a team trade for him?

Second, some in football think Tebow might need to be switched to another position. One team executive says he believes Tebow would be a Pro Bowl fullback, a belief I've heard several times from others around the sport.

It's a complicated matter with no easy solution for the Broncos or Tebow. In a few weeks, or even less, we'll know his future for sure.


Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:07 am

Is Tebow now untradeable?

im with you. I think there is more to the story that we are not hearing. To draft a kid in the first round then try to trade him in the next year for two Qb's that have been losers there whole career. Orton is a average QB that is all your going to get from him is average we seen it for years in chicago. And Quin stinks he will always stink no matter what color jersey he has on. It just does not make sense. Everyone knows he needed work everyone knew he needed alot of work. So why are they so down on him. He needs time. Its not college cant get by on just athletic ability (see Mike Vick) He just needs time to learn the game.

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 12:51 am

Is Tebow now untradeable?

it would be in tebows best interest to go anywhere else. the broncos offensive line couldnt block my 12 year old daughter. i believe elway and fox can turn things around and that doesnt include orton, quinn or tim. the running game is a mess on top of that. if u are going to throw a rookie to the wolves at least give him a runningback, ask matt ryan how much mike turner took the pressure off. if u want to let him learn on the pine look at the careers palmer and the before mentioned aaron have had. but ill tell u one thing......... seattle and the 49ers dont have quaterbacks and could use an injection of winning attitude that tebow has in abundence. and if dilfer can win a superbowl why not tebow. peeps are to hard on a good kid who is a good role model. at least hes not out there drowning and electricuting dogs. not one so called expert defends tim i say trade him for whatever u can and let everyone continue business as usual. i bet he could win a superbowl having frank gore as a rb before denver with their mess wins a single playoff game

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:41 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

California Mike:  What is bonified?

Are they allowed to use that foul word on this site?  Should we report them?

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:29 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

 what team can afford to spend that much cap space on a guy who will never see the field?

I don't know, but this much I can tell you for sure.  His current deal says the Broncos owe him a bonus of 6.275 million dollars 29 days after the official beginning of training camp.  His salary for 2011 through 2014 then decreases by that bonus amount. His salary breakdown starting this season through 2014 is very fair and affordable for where he was drafted but who's going to want to pay him all that money up front in the next couple weeks?  What's probably going to happen is teams will let the Broncos eat his contract then you'll see teams line up for a chance to get him cheap.  Tebow will have a few choices of where to go, just wait and see.  I'm not a Florida fan and I don't think Tebow is going to ever become a starting NFL qb but somebody will sign him for cheap after the Broncos release him. But nobody is going to take him off the Broncos hands with his existing contract in place and Tebow isn't going to be in a hurry to redo his deal when he knows the Broncos have no choice but to cut checks for a total of over 6 million dollars after they release him.  

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:24 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

I agree with everyone who says he was a mid-round pick.  I was shocked when Denver picked him in the first round.  He is not a traditional QB and he played in a spread option offense out of the shotgun rarely taking snaps under center.  He was drafted to be a franchise QB, but he clearly is not.  His arm strength is lacking and his throwing motion is very low.  A defensive back can easily strip that ball or hurt him if they hit him.  He would fit well in a wildcat formation a few times a game or as a tight end because he has the size, determination, and is a leader.  But, his style of play, that is running through offenses like a fullback in a spread offense, does not work in the NFL.  It is a pass-first league where defenders are much faster and stronger than in college.  The running game is not run in a spread option offense very much, except for trick plays or when teams want to run the wildcat.  The problem is that he WAS drafted 21st overall and that is why he is going to be so hard to trade.  I do like the way he plays the game with such dedication and would want to have a player with his leadership skills on my team, but I am not a fan nor will I ever be a fan of these run-first QB's like he or Newton for the very reason that they are poor throwers.  If Elway and Fox were there instead of McDaniels, he would never have been drafted where he was.  There is a reason McDaniels got canned.  The area that they needed to draft was on defense, not QB.  Give Orton a decent defense, maybe the team could compete. That defense could not stop a thing last year and if they drafted a defensive player, maybe it could have been better.  No team would want to trade for a third string QB who is getting paid way more than that.  But if he is going to succeed in the NFL, he will need to probably switch positions.  A great college QB, but yet another example of the run first QB that likely won't have that same success in the NFL.

Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:58 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

First, I am a Gator Hater. That being said we all know Tebow was drafted about two or three rounds too high. Couple that with expectations not grounded in his ability or traits shown in college and how they would translate to the NFL.

I don't want to see a kid with talent fail but he needs more time to practice at qb. Bottom line he could go to the Seahawks and probably start, lord knows they need him.

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 10:52 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

I wonder what the Broncos would want / expect for Tebow?  I'd love to see the 49ers hand the keys over to this guy.  Before I hear another on-line "expert" say Tebow can't play NFL quarterback, didn't many say the same thing about Josh Freeman?  And I think Tebow's resume out of high school and college speaks for itself.  He's never been a loser, always been the BEST, and yet people want to write the guy off because of inconsistent preseasons playing with second/third string players?  Send him to San Fran, and I'll be a hopeful and happy fan!

Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:48 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

I'm in the minority here, but I say just let Tebow sit and learn. He has everything you want in a QB. He has good size and athleticism. He works his butt off, has the respect of his teammates, is a leader, keeps his nose clean, is super competitive, and at least in college, he was a gamer. I say give the guy 3 or 4 years on the bench like Rodgers got. I'm not saying he is going to be as good as him, but with a work ethic and the physical tools he has, I think he can turn it around. Denver can at least afford him time on the bench.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:41 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

Tebow was drafted to be Josh McDaniels project and if it didn't work out move to TE or H-Back.  McDaniels is gone and the project motivated Kyle Orton to take control of the QB job in Denver.  Maybe the Broncos can find a trade partner in the guy who wanted him in the first place, if the price is right, he is an offensive coordinator and has a starter in place so he'd have time to complete the project.  They're not gonna get the value for him that they invested in him but he's not going to be their QB so get what you can while you can.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 9:40 pm

Is Tebow now untradeable?

brian8ball Denver did take a chance on Tebow, but no way was he an average college QB.  He may or may not ever be a NFL starting QB, but he is a NFL QB (he is in his 2nd year as a NFL QB). 

So all of you Tebow disbelievers, you are entitled to your opinion.  My opinion is I think he will make it as a NFL QB.  He does have heart, but it takes more than heart to have gotten as far as he has in football.  I am and always will pull for Tebow.

NFL jerseys such as Tebows or any player have to do with "money", as money for the NFL and I am sure each team gets their share of the revenue from jersey sales.  That is what the jerseys in the stands have to do with it.  Also, I think it is a measure of what the fan wearing that player's jersey feels about the player whose name is on the jersey they are wearing.
Not knowing the actual number of players on a NFL roster (guessing about 50), how many players are actually cut by each team to get to their roster limit?  I am guessing it is more than the roster limit (over 50).  Point is, some very good football players never make the cut.  Give Tebow and all the guys trying a little credit, most of them are/were outstanding athletes.

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