Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Tebowmania? Not here 03/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 11:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    ON THE BALL: Rays third baseman Evan Longoria makes the play and the throw during the first inning against the Pirates.
  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    Corey Dickerson is doing everything he can to garner All-Star votes heading into tonight's voting cutoff, going into play Wednesday leading the AL with 101 hits and rapping two more his first two times up, and scoring two more runs.

  3. College World Series title puts Florida Gators in elite company


    The Florida Gators put themselves in rare company with Tuesday night's College World Series national championship victory.

    Florida ace and Tampa native Alex Faedo (21) lets loose with his teammates after they win the Gators’ first baseball national title.
  4. Lightning prospects mantra: You never know when NHL chance will appear

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Brett Howden said he watched closely last season as former junior teammate Brayden Point made an remarkable rise to a Lightning regular in his first year pro.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  5. Rays journal: Team says no concern over 'hiccups' from Alex Colome

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The Rays say they know what isn't wrong with closer Alex Colome, that he's not hurt or in a mental funk. And they seem certain that whatever led him to have three straight rough outings will soon be corrected.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome (37) throws a pitch in the eighth in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.