ESPN reporter Chris Mortenson suggested Tuesday morning on Twitter that the Green Bay Packers could be interested in Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
On the surface, it makes sense. The Packers just lost backup Matt Flynn in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks, and coincidentally, the Broncos just signed Peyton Manning as a free agent, officially knocking Tebow out of the starter's position.
Any interest the Packers would conceivably have in Tebow wouldn't be as a starter, however. Aaron Rodgers is entrenched in that role.
But it's possible the Packers could look to Tebow to as Rodgers' backup. Graham Harrell will likely be given the first crack at replacing Flynn in the No. 2 quarterback role, although it's possible Green Bay could look for competition for Harrell either through free agency or the Draft.
Even filling the third-string quarterback role isn't out of the question for a player like Tebow.
Mortenson's colleague at ESPN, Adam Schefter, has reported that teams have already inquired about trading for Tebow, but the Packers would seem unlikely candidates for a trade, given the first-round money Tebow is being paid under his current contract.
It's hard envision the Packers paying Tebow that amount of money in a backup role.
Mortenson reported earlier that the Broncos would likely release Tebow if they can't find a trading partner, and that would appear to a more likely route to Green Bay, if it were to happen.
In such a scenario, the Broncos would cut Tebow, and the Packers would sign him as a free agent. Tebow would be free to sign with any team he chooses, however.
It makes sense that Tebow would choose to sign with a team where there's an opportunity to be a starter, but those types of places seem to be dwindling with several teams filling quarterback vacancies either through free agency or the Draft.
If the Packers were to offer Tebow an open competition for the No.2 job for a reasonable contract, it's possible that could be one of the top offers Tebow gets.
In response to a reader's question on Twitter, Mortenson wrote about the Packers' pride in developing quarterbacks, a claim that's gotten increased legitimacy after Flynn has gone from backup in Green Bay to Seattle's potential starter.
Prior to Flynn, the Packers had also developed backups like Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell and Aaron Brooks who later became starters on other teams in the NFL.
After having the offseason workout program wiped out by the NFL lockout last season, head coach Mike McCarthy and new quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo will hold their heralded quarterback school starting in April.
Having Tebow, or anyone for that matter, participate in their offseason program from the beginning would likely aid any quarterback's development.
Acquiring Tebow, of course, means his new team will also assume the media attention that follows the religious quarterback everywhere.
The crucible of scrutiny would seem to be a few degrees cooler in Green Bay perhaps compared to other places in the NFL, however. If the Packers truly are interested, it would be only as a backup and not a starter, which would likely decrease the attention Tebow receives.
The marketing influence of Tebow also can't be overlooked.
Tebow finished second only to Rodgers in terms of jerseys sold nationwide from April 1, 2011 to Feb. 29, 2012 , according to information provided by NFLShop.com.
It's been speculated that Tebow's influence could be at its highest in Florida where he went to college. Teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins could be interested in acquiring Tebow to aid in selling tickets and jerseys.
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