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The Green Bay Packers have discussed trading for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a.k.a. Jesus Boy, who is on the outs now that his team has signed Peyton Manning.
ESPN reports the Packers, Jaguars, Dolphins and Jets have discussed trading for Tebow. Reports have indicated the Broncos will take a fifth-round pick for the former first-round draft pick and the team wants to move him as soon as possible. It’s unknown how serious the Packers are about acquiring The Virgin Quarterback, although we doubt it’s their top priority.
Tebow would be nothing more than a backup in Green Bay and a project for coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers currently have another McCarthy project, Graham Harrell, holding the clipboard behind Aaron Rodgers. Last season’s backup, Matt Flynn, signed with Seattle earlier this week.
The Jaguars would seem to be the most logical landing spot for Tebow. He’s from Jacksonville, would have a chance to start right away and would help a franchise that can’t sell tickets sell tickets. Miami, who lost out on Flynn and is currently pretending David Garrard is their starting quarterback, also makes some sense. The Dolphins honored Tebow and his Florida Gators before a game last season. New York is considered a long shot.
McCarthy said he’d love to develop Tebow prior to the 2010 draft, so he’s on record as being a fan. If the Packers completed a trade, it would likely be with an eye toward giving Tebow a year or two to get better under McCarthy’s tutelage, before trading him for a high draft pick.
Tebow was statistically one of the NFL’s worst starting quarterbacks in 2011. He completed only 46.5 percent of his passes and had a rating of 72.9.