Now that Peyton Manning has decided on the Broncos as his next team, there's a good chance Denver will look to trade Tim Tebow, who led the team to the playoffs after taking over for starter Kyle Orton.
Among the teams mentioned as possible destinations for the former Heisman Trophy winner: Miami, which is still looking for a big-time quarterback after being spurned by Manning; Jacksonville, where Tebow grew up; and New England, which may be interested in Tebow as a running back or H-back.
New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was a big advocate of the "wildcat" offense, where he'd have a running back line up under center and then have option to run or pass. That's exactly the offense Tebow ran in Denver, where he helped the Broncos to several last-minute comeback wins on the way to the playoffs. Denver also beat the Steelers in overtime in the wild card round.
But now that the Jets have given Mark Sanchez a three-year extension, the chances appear remote for Tebow going to New York. A league source wouldn't entirely rule out the Jets considering Tebow - remember, GM Mike Tannenbaum looks at every opportunity out there. But the source said the chances were "very remote" that the team would pursue Tebow.
Makes sense. Why give Sanchez a lucrative contract extension, which includes $20 million in guaranteed salary over the next two years, and then bring in another quarterback? Even if they acquired Tebow with the express purpose of using him in the "wildcat" formation and using Sanchez in the conventional sets, the specter of Tebow playing behind Sanchez would be an uncomfortable dynamic for a quarterback the Jets invested heavily in over the next five seasons.