According to numerous reports, the New York Jets are actively shopping around one of the most marketed players in the NFL, in quarterback Tim Tebow. The fourth-year veteran has been nothing but a publicity stunt for the Jets, as he was sparingly used during the regular season, even when Mark Sanchez struggled. So with Tebow rumored to be on the trading block, who would acquire his services? According to rumors around the league, the primary destination is right here in San Francisco. That’s right, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh gets another former first-round project to work with. It seems like a match made in heaven for both sides, the 49ers get a quarterback ideal for the read-option pistol offense and Tebow lands on a team loaded with offensive talent around him.
However, despite this scenario what are the chances the trade will become a reality? There have already been rumors of another New York Jet set to be shipped off to San Francisco in cornerback Darrelle Revis. So with all these trade rumors swirling around the Bay Area what are the chances they will come true? If I had to guess, I would say 50/50.
It makes too much sense for the 49ers not to target Tebow. He has the leadership, work ethic, and skill-set to thrive in offensive coordinator’s Greg Roman’s offense. Furthermore, he would provide a great locker room presence and would push the team while creating some competition on special teams. While many think of Tebow as strictly a running quarterback, I believe he adds versatility as a special teams ace. You can use him on kick-off coverages as well as the return game on punts, simply put a true football player.
The Forever Faithful at Candlestick park would absolutely love him! Trust me. He would be pumping up the crowd from the 49ers sideline and provide a spark on the bench. I’m not saying we need a rah-rah type of player but think about it, who wouldn’t want Tebow on their team? He adds so much from a leadership standpoint that makes him hard to ignore. If you are a good coach, you will find a way to utilize a player’s strengths, because that is what coaches do, they put their players in the best position to be successful.
In addition, the trade-off would be most likely giving up a fourth-round pick as compensation, not a bad investment if you ask me. The Denver Broncos gave up a fourth-round and sixth-round pick for Tebow last year, so the fact that he’s another year older and he did not pan out in New York, should diminish his value some.
I have to be honest, I strongly disliked Tebow coming out of Florida, and I’m a Florida Gator fan. How does that work? I thought he was simply putting on a show with his rehearsed post game speeches and sideline animations. However, that is not the case at all, and to Tebow I apologize. Tebow is just truly passionate about the game of football and it rubs off on his teammates.
With the 49ers stockpiled with 15 draft picks, will they pull the trigger on Tebow? It’s a hard call to make but one I think General Manager Trent Baalke should take a hard look at, especially since he can provide so much value other than a back-up quarterback role.