Tim Tebow: Best Trade Destinations for Jets' Misused Backup Quarterback

Stephen Sheehan@@StephenPSheehanCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Tim Tebow has spent too much time on the pine.
Tim Tebow has spent too much time on the pine.Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The case of Tim Tebow is a microcosm of the New York Jets' season: It's a travesty. 

The NFL's most popular and divisive backup quarterback has been the victim of misuse and flat out disrespect from the team that traded fourth- and sixth-round picks to acquire the former Heisman Trophy winner. 

After leading the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, it appeared Tebow had finally earned the right to have the starting job. 

Peyton Manning's arrival in Denver squashed that dream, and Tebow—a hero in Denver and a player who was held in high regard by his teammates—was scrapped in favor of the future Hall of Famer.

In acquiring Tebow, it appeared the Jets had added a dynamic playmaker who could challenge Mark Sanchez for a starting job. 

Instead, the former Florida Gator has been a ghost. 

Despite Sanchez's complete ineptitude, Rex Ryan has refused to give Tebow a fair shot on offense. 

As if playing behind Sanchez was bad enough, No. 15 has been relegated to playing personal protector on the punt team. 

Last time I checked, no one trades draft picks for a special teams player. 

Due to Sanchez's contract, it appears the former fifth overall pick will still be on the Jets in 2013, but should Tebow? 

For this kid's sake, the answer is unequivocally no. 

So if New York is out of the picture, where would Tebow fit best if he's on the trade market? 

How about home?

Tebow starred at Nease High in Jacksonville, and lord knows the Jaguars are starving for a franchise player to draw in fans and make the team more exciting.

Whether Tebow is truly a starting-caliber quarterback remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: He'll re-energize the Jaguars' dwindling fanbase.

With Blaine Gabbert appearing to be yet another draft bust and Chad Henne showing he's incapable of sustaining solid play for more than a few spot starts, trading for Tebow should be on the list of Jacksonville's priorities.

If Jacksonville doesn't work out, another team that could maximize Tebow's talents would be the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Andy Reid-Michael Vick era might be nearing its end, but Philly still boasts a wealth of talent at the skill positions (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown). 

Nick Foles is a decent prospect, but he was never considered a surefire future NFL starter in the draft process. 

Tebow's running abilities could be lethal in Philly's high-paced, explosive offense. 

He's never going to wow anyone with his accuracy, but his big arm could pay dividends in throwing to a premier deep threat like Jackson and a very solid No. 2 receiver in Maclin.

A sleeper team that could be in the market for Tebow's services could be the San Francisco 49ers

Jim Harbaugh's squad is already one of the best teams in the league, but the quarterback situation is somewhat unsettled. 

Colin Kaepernick is undoubtedly a more talented passer than Tebow, yet both quarterbacks feature a similar skill set. 

In the case that Kaepernick gets injured, the 49ers wouldn't have to alter their game plan significantly.  

Tebow hasn't had enough time or the total support of a franchise to prove himself, but there are certainly several teams that would be good trade destinations for the Jets' misused backup. 


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