Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is a legitimate trade target for the Green Bay Packers. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Packers' interest in Tim Tebow legitimate

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) gestures during an AFC Divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

According to published reports, the Green Bay Packers‘ interest in Denver Broncos former starting quarterback Tim Tebow is legitimate.

However, given Ted Thompson’s methodical nature, it’s not a deal that is expected to be completed any time soon. That means that if another team comes along and offers a deal the Broncos can’t refuse, most likely the Packers will be left out. Thompson, if interested, will most likely move slowly on this one and given that there has been other work to do on the free agency front (center Jeff Saturday was in Green Bay for a visit and the Packers have reportedly expressed interest in Cincinnati linebacker Manny Lawson), it doesn’t figure that the Tebow issue is at the top of the list.

However, the Packers seemingly need to make some type of move to solidify its quarterback position. While the team has arguably the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers, the confidence level in automatically moving former third-stringer Graham Harrell to number two is low. With former backup Matt Flynn signing with Seattle last weekend, the position is thin, to say the least.

Many argue that bringing Tebow to Green Bay would only bring his circus along with him.

In my opinion, if there’s a place in the league where the circus could become a minor sideshow, it would be in Green Bay. While Tebow certainly carries with him a media entourage, his place as a second- or even third-stringer would dampen the need to focus on him.

So, would Tebow be a good fit in Green Bay? Well, let’s say he would be a huge project for new quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo and head coach Mike McCarthy. Tebow’s mechanics and lack of accuracy would be significant obstacles to overcome if he were to play in McCarthy’s system. But that’s why professional coaches get the big bucks.

How it all plays out will be interesting to watch and should Tebow land in Green Bay, look for the circus tents to be erected early … but don’t look for them to stick around for long.

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  • Julie Wroblewski

    Ray, help me understand. Does Tebow have to leave Denver? If not, why would he leave as Manning’s second string (obviously, Manning has health issues) to come to Green Bay as Rodgers’ second string? Doesn’t it stand to reason he’d probably get WAY less playing time at Green Bay? Pretty sure the fans won’t be chanting “Tebow, Tebow” while Rodgers is on the field. Or is it a $$ issue? I guess I haven’t read enough about it.

  • apackphan

    Looks like it’s a moot point now that the Packers are out of it, but no, Tebow didn’t have to leave, but who would want to stay when you were the starting QB and then all of a sudden you’re #2 to one of the best ever to play the game. 

  • Julie Wroblewski

    I see. Good point. If he had come to GB he’d still have been #2 to one of the best ever to play the game, though. Rodgers is no Manning, but he’s still too big for Tebow to kowtow to.

  • apackphan

    Now just wait a minute, Ms. Wroblewski! Aaron Rodgers has a few years and few more MVPs ahead of him to catch up with Manning, but if you look at all the QBs in the league at this point in time, Rodgers is #1. Better than Manning, Manning, Brady and yes … Stafford! BAhahahahahhahaha.

  • Julie Wroblewski

    Spoken like the ultimate Pack Fan. Rodgers IS huge. He’s amazing. But he’s no Payton Manning, and he’s not better than Payton Manning. Yet. Not saying he won’t be after a few more years – that is, if he can muster the absolute competitive fervor Manning has. You have to admit, Payton is one of the most serious gamers you’ve ever watched. As I mentioned earlier, Manning’s got health issues. Even though I’m not a Colts’ or Broncos’ fan, I’m still genuinely concerned about him playing with a screwed up neck. Why do that? Does he want to spend the rest of his life like Christopher Reeves did? I don’t want to tune in and see him getting rolled off the field on a stretcher to a silent crowd while the Jumbotron replays his final steps EVER. Unless, of course, it’s against Stafford and the Lions. That might be palatable.

  • Julie Wroblewski

    Why am I getting points for commenting?

  • apackphan

     @Julie Wroblewski You’re getting points? Don’t know. Maybe I win a prize?