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Mortenson Suggests Packers' Interest in Tim Tebow

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

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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TaylorONeill's picture

Will never happen, and thank God for that.

Ebongreen's picture

I too think (and hope) the Packer brass has more sense than to bring Timmy T aboard. Way too much baggage and for too little reward, even as a free agent. The Packers typically develop _young_ QBs who have _never played for anyone else_. Draft and develop, not trade and develop or free-agent and develop.

Save that roster spot for GJ Kinne.

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jeremy's picture

I just don't think it makes sense. Like you said Brian, some team is going to pay Tebow to play just because of the resulting ticket sales and media attention.

tony's picture

And that "someone" should be Jacksonville, if they had any intelligence.

Jeremy's picture

Exactly what I was thinking.

That said, if McCarthy/Clements/McAdoo see something and think they can develop him for cheap and trade him I default to their judgement.

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Tarynfor 12's picture

Chris Mortenson,please do a better job of hiding the sipping flask.
Comparing the tweaking of Rodgers or Flynn for that matter to what needs to be done to Tebow.
How much does it cost you to keep your job.

Brian Carriveau's picture

Mortenson didn't make any comparisons.

pkrNboro's picture

'McCarthy their head coach — take great pride in their ability to develop quarterbacks, tweak their deliveries and do those things,” Mortensen said. “They had to do that with Aaron Rodgers coming out of Cal, and look what they did with Matt Flynn. I think they would embrace — maybe embrace — a Tim Tebow there.”'

(quit pickin' on Taryn...)

Brian Carriveau's picture

I'll eat my crow. Sorry, Taryn. I didn't hear the interview in real time, only what Mortenson wrote.

I do, however, think the criticism of Mortenson was over the top and undeserved.

lars's picture

A little harsh on Brian today people.

Though, wasn't Mortensen one of Favre's media mavens (Madden, King being his other stooges)? I'd take anything he says about the Packer QB situation with a huge grain of salt.

And, Harrell will be the back-up this season. TT's not trading a pick for Tebow to bring his circus to GB.

PackersRS's picture

Not bashing you Brian, but I'm with them. I seriously doubt Mortenson's report everytime. I believe he was bested by Schefter a long time ago and sometimes makes things up to just to stay relevant.

Honestly can't remember a Mortenson report that came to fruition.

Brian Carriveau's picture

The thing is, he wasn't "reporting" anything. He was responding to a question.

jack in jersey city's picture

screw this. we don't need tebow. we already have enough running backs on this team!

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pkrNboro's picture

can he rush the passer?

can he drop back in coverage??

if not...
...NEXT !!!

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Big fast kid, yeah, bring him in and give him a look at OLB.


pkrNboro's picture

This from ESPN? Is that outfit that desperate for attention?

Harrell is the guy that's been in the system for two years, and knows the offense. He has better mechanics than Tebow ever will. This will be the year for the coaches to focus on his development, after Flynn's departure. Tebow would just rob snaps.

Oh, wait.
I get it.
It's Ted being "opposite George."

johnny d's picture

maybe teach the kid to throw right handed?

pkrNboro's picture


He looks like me throwing left-handed.
Because I'm right-handed.

dennis eckersley's picture

I am curiously aroused.


Bearmeat's picture

Shut your mouth

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Rome is ranting on this right now. Safe to say, he's not a fan of the idea.


ibleedgrnngold's picture

If he gets released and we can bring him in for cheap, toss him through qb camp to shore him up and trade for profit why not?

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bryce's picture

It would be cool to trade Tebow for a 7th round pick, develop him for a few years, and go watch him be an actual quarterback somewhere. That being said, I highly doubt this would happen. TT is busy working out more important things, like who's going to play center for us this year, and how we're going to fix our D. Harrell is the backup, case closed.

Glorious80's's picture

Tebow would be a development project as a QB, third behind Rodgers and Harell. But he could be their answer to their need for a physical player in third down short yard situations. Tebow provides some muscle at the line of scrimmage, runs and short passes.
MM would have fun playing with the matchups. Think of AR, TT and Cobb in the backfield.
MM was quoted twice during the Tebow draft as wanting to work with him.
Would Tebow be willing to step back? Would Denver meet Thompson's price? Big if's at this point.
I think the GBP organization could handle/manage the mania, something Denver let get out of hand.

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

i'm sorry. this is the most absurd thing i've read since... the last time i read something as absurd or more absurd than this.

in fact, if i were a reporter, and mike mccarthy said live at a press conference with 234 other reporters present that they were considering bringing in tebow, i wouldn't report it.

it's that ridiculous.

by the way, i heard the packers are negotiating a trade for michael vick because they like working on quarterbacks.

give me a fucking break mort.

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

btw Brian, i think it's appropriate to report Mort's report on this blog, but i don't respect Mort for reporting it.

not that you really care what i think, but i do think you seem to get slammed here unduly sometimes. that's not my intention. also, can i borrow some money?

Brian Carriveau's picture

He's just speculating. It's what fans do all the time. And he was only responding to a question. He didn't do some huge report on it, or anything along those lines.

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

Are you going to loan the man some money or not Brian?

Brian Carriveau's picture

LOL, I was just about to write a post asking the readers if they could spare me a buck or two ;)

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

that's all right, i'll go ask nagler.

Bearmeat's picture

Mortenson is wrong five times as much as he's right.

Anytime he says something is going to happen, I laugh, and turn the channel.

redlights's picture

Not happening unless he's cheap. If he's cheap, we could do worse. This is less about robbing Harrell of snaps, than the Arena guy losing snaps.

Sam's picture

If you sign Tebow does Rodgers get to benefit from devine intervention as well? If that's the case I'm all for it. Rodgers with devine help has to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 6000 yards and 60 td's

Mojo's picture

I wonder if Skip Jackasses head would explode at the thought of one of his prodigies playing backup to Skips nemesis - A-Rod.

Sam's picture

He seemed to like the idea on first take today.

Bearmeat's picture


murphy's picture

To see if his head explodes?

Oppy's picture

Mike McCarthy has a QB School he implements and he's known for developing young QB's.

The problem is, Tim Tebow is a young running back, not a young QB.

MM is a coach, not a miracle worker.

ppabich's picture

Clearly TT won't bring him in for either a lot or money or picks. But he has been very complimentary to Tebow in the past, and no question he is an excellent teammate. I would have no problem if he was brought in to Green Bay.

Nononsense's picture

Seems like the Packers have talked to Denver about it so the discussion has legs.

Just think if GB can turn him into a real QB what that would do for the perception that GB develops good QBs(except Brian Brohm who was alergic to learning).

I don't care it it happens or not but I believe there is some logic to it. If you can set aside all the non football stuff, he is a good football player. QB not so much but we can try and change that. If not it only cost a 5th round pick and a piece of your soul.

MarkinMadison's picture

I also may be interested in sleeping with Kate Upton, if she's into older, married guys with a little beer belly. This story is the pure product of, "Hey, what's else are we going to talk about while I'm on the radio."

Brian Carriveau's picture

Except for the fact that it's been reported that the Packers have actual, genuine interest in Tebow.

MarkinMadison's picture

Yeah, I saw that after the fact. Mortensen put it in terms of speculation at that time. Even if it is true that the Packers are interested I just don't think it's a good fit. The Broncos will get more for Tebow from somebody like Jacksonville who will view him as a potential starter.

PackersRS's picture

All Mortenson does is speculate, because he's never right. That way, people can't hold him accountable for what he says.

P.S.: Haaaahahahahhhahahahahahahahah! Today is a good day.

Starry Barts's picture

We'd all love Tebow for a 6 or 7 round pick. It'd be fascinating and a good investment.
But nothing the Packers would be willing to pay will match what a quarterback/ticketbuyer -needy team (Jax, Miami) will pay.

I think it's an exciting idea... but won't happen.

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