Elway: Trading Tim Tebow 'is a possibility'; to Jets, Fins, Jags, Pack?

Looks like Tebow's being cast aside by Denver. (Getty Images)

As you might expect, the question about Tim Tebow's future came up a few times during Peyton Manning's introductory press conference with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.

And John Elway was open and frank about Tebow's future, saying that trading Tebow "is a possibility."

"We don't know yet," Elway said when asked if Tebow would be traded. "That is a possibility."

I'll say; Tebow's a quarterback who needs a lot of developing, which is even more of a reason to plug him on the bench and let him try to develop now that Manning's in town. His contract's not up and he's willingly played the role of backup before. Instead, Elway is openly talking about shipping him out of town, but said it wasn't something that was easy.

"The toughest thing about this whole thing is Tim Tebow because of what I think about Tim Tebow," Elway said. "I've got a great deal of respect for him."

It was obvious when the Broncos landed Manning that they didn't have a tent big enough to hold both the respective Manning and Tebow circuses. And Elway said that Tebow was "disappointed" when informed he could be traded, and that Tebow gave a "typical Tim Tebow response" which was, naturally, "very positive."

Elway also said he hoped that he could send Tebow somewhere Tim could play early. In general, it seemed quite obvious that Tebow's on his way out of town, regardless of how much Elway likes him and respects him.

So where could Tebow go? Well, Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jaguars have had "internal discussions" about trading for Tebow, but have not spoken to the Broncos.

He won't be going to San Francisco: 49ers owner Jed York, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, literally said "Tebow's not coming here" on Tuesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN lists the Dolphins, Jaguars, Jets and ... Packers as possible suitors for Tebow.

I've got to believe there are only a few teams that really make sense for Tebow. And those teams need to either have a) no quarterback in place, b) a desperate desire to sell a lot of football tickets, or c) a star quarterback locked in.

With scenario (a) and (b), Tebow at least provides someone with starter experience that will get the fan base revved up, even if it's for the wrong reasons. And with situation (c), a team like the Packers or Patriots can acquire Tebow for less than his real market value and let him sit on the bench without much fanfare, as there's no chance of benching Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, regardless of how many billboards get tossed up.
CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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