UPDATE: Several media outlets are reporting that the trade between Jets and Broncos has hit a snag and may not be completed. We'll update you as more information comes in, but I still wouldn't expect the Packers to be involved in any later transaction for Tebow.
Many of you can exhale: Polarizing quarterback Tim Tebow will not be a member of the Green Bay Packers in 2012.
While the Packers were one of the teams speculated to be in the race for Tebow after the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning, the New York Jets sent two draft picks—a fourth- and sixth-rounder—to Denver for Tebow and a seventh-round pick Wednesday.
Tebow, who led the Broncos to an 8-8 record in 2011 after taking over the team at 1-4, was considered a potential option for the Packers as a project quarterback who could hold down one of the two backup slots behind Aaron Rodgers.
While Tebow is officially on his way to New York, arguably no franchise was better suited to mold Tebow into an NFL quarterback then the Packers' trio of Mike McCarthy, Tom Clements and Aaron Rodgers. And given the fact that long-time backup Matt Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay's need for another quarterback made it easy to connect the dots on a potential fit with the Packers.
In the end, GM Ted Thompson likely would have never offered as much draft-pick compensation for Tebow as the Jets ultimately did. Even a sixth- or seventh-round pick seemed like a heavy cost for a man who cherishes draft selections as much as any decision maker in football.
The Packers flirtation with the Tebow story does signal that the team will likely look to the draft to add another quarterback to the roster. Overall, that seems like the best ending to this situation. The Packers can now hand-pick their project quarterback without all the hoopla and distraction of adding a player like Tebow.
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