Friday, January 19, 2018
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Tebowmania? Not here

Peyton Manning is headed to the Broncos, so now Denver must decide what to do with its polarizing and, suddenly, unnecessary quarterback, Tim Tebow.

The Broncos almost surely will trade the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida.

Just not to Tampa Bay.

The Bucs insist they have faith in Josh Freeman's ability to be an elite franchise quarterback, and acquiring Tebow would fly in the face of that argument – even if it was made clear Tebow would be a backup.

And the Bucs just committed to receiver Vincent Jackson with a five-year, $55 million contract. New coach Greg Schiano emphasizes the intent to throw the ball "over the top" to one of the best deep threats in the NFL.

That's not Tebow's strength.

So, what to make of Tebow's future now?

Well, his popularity in Florida seems untouchable. So the Jaguars and Dolphins are thought to be major players.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan has heaped praise on Tebow and his team needs fans, fast. Tebow grew up outside Jacksonville and starred at Nease High.

As for Miami, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is infatuated with stars, and his team has attendance woes, too. Last season, when Denver played at Miami, it seemed more than half the fans were cheering for Tebow.

New England could be an intriguing option as well — not to replace Tom Brady. But coach Bill Belichick is a master of finding ways to get good football players on the field, even if it's not at their primary position.

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