Peter King’s regular columns are usually labeled “must read” for NFL fans over at Sports Illustrated, but Denver Broncos fans are going to have a hard time with the truth as he believes in his latest mailbag column. As the inevitable question arises of Peyton Manning’s future, it’s also asked what the Broncos would do if they had Manning and Tebow. What would Tebow bring to the team? The answer was a little surprising.
King writes, “I wouldn’t be surprised if the most Denver could get for Tebow is a fourth-round pick. I know the fans in Jacksonville want him, but I can’t see GM Gene Smith brining him in to muddle the quarterback situation with a guy they’re trying to salvage, Blaine Gabbert, who’d be in an unwinnable situation with the fans. It’d take a strong coach — Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll — not worried about the public pressure to play him to take Tebow on, in my opinion. I could see Belichick or Harbaugh making him a wild card type of player, playing 15 snaps a game all over the offense.”
While Tebow is definitely unorthodox and a media circus to handle, a fourth round choice for such a strong all-around athlete and a quarter who is willing to put in the hard work and do what it takes to win is a nice haul. It’s amazing how people forget the drive against the Steelers in the playoffs that showed a glimmer of what Tebow could become. I am in no way a Tebow apologist, but considering the typical fourth round pick value, that’s hard to believe.
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