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Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) gets set for the snap from center Nick Mangold (74) against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak- USA TODAY Sports

Why Tim Tebow On The San Francisco 49ers Makes Sense

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.

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  • dawgman

    No thanks

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for the feedback Dawgman…I’m sure the majority of 49ers fans agree with you.

  • dawgman

    Sorry didnt mean to be so harsh but it just seems that since we made the sb everyone fits but noone fits if you get what i mean he probably wants too much and i think the draft would be somewhere we need to look for a back up.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I totally understand where you are coming from dawgman, the chemistry the 49ers have is good right now and adding Tebow would certainly shake things up a bit. I agree with you there.

  • Chris Mullin

    No thanks

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for the feedback Chris. Many of my friends agree with you on this one.

  • Mark Maslowski

    Tebow makes NO sense for the Niners. Although Harbaugh and Roman will use a QB’s running skills, the thing they look for first in a QB is accuracy and arm strength. Tebow falls really short in these two areas.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      I totally agree Mark, but he can do other things as well. Football is about three phases and Tebow can definitely be a stud on special-teams.

  • Matt Hamm

    interesting proposition Ryan, I think adding Tebow could be a fit but I just don’t see how we can justify having him on the active roster. The Niners will be a team with a high octane passing game and if TT was active on gameday that would mean he was the #2 QB and the guy just cannot throw the football.

    However, having him convert positions as a ST coverage guy and a TE/FB would be interesting and SF would be just the place to make that sort of trade off. I for one would be for it if Harbaugh though he could make something of him. No way he would cost a 4th round pick though IMO, a conditional 2014 7th rounder would be the most I would spend on him.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thanks Matt, Harbaugh is a great coach at putting his players in the best position to be successful and Tebow would be no different.

  • Jim Radley

    I dont see this happening, Niners have always emphasized passing percentage and accuracy. So the big selling points are…….Locker room presence, we already have that. He’ll be a great cheerleader, but minus the legs, dont need that either. Special teams is one of the Niners pluses, Tebow out there we’re taking a huge step backwards. How inspired can Niners get from someone who cant throw and barely cracks 4 yards a carry when he scrambles. I see zero value in Tebow other than a distraction. Frankly if the Jets dont keep him, I think he’s out of football this season. Unless he converts to running back I dont see him with a job. And I dont want him around taking up that slot for the Niners either. Tebow is way to overrated, and too big a distraction. Let him start a ministry and inspire people there. Niners dont need him.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for your feedback Jim. Although many people think he would be a distraction, I believe he would be an asset. Remember it wasn’t long ago that people were screaming for Alex Smith’s head and now everyone seems to have fallen in love with him overnight. I’m not saying Tebow has the same skill-set because he doesn’t. But if Alex Smith can turn around his career under Harbaugh so can Tebow. As Harbaugh puts his players in the best position to be successful. Also, he would be a great HB/TE on special teams which would add versatility should Walker depart via free-agency.

  • Ghosct

    Nope don’t see him coming to the 49ers. Are there really talk about this trade? I seriously doubt it. No more qb projects.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for the feedback Ghosct. There have been no talks that I have heard of yet.

  • Rui Thomas

    I can’t think of another NFL qb who plays special teams like he does

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Agreed Rui. Thank you for the feedback.

  • 94niners

    This idea = facepalm. 49ers will probably invite Josh Johnson back.

    • Ryan Sakamoto

      Thank you for the feedback 94niners. Unfortunately Josh Johnson is on the Cleveland Browns, so the Browns would have to release him first.