Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Looking at Tebow's AFC North prospects
By Jamison Hensley
All the ESPN.com division bloggers were asked to assess potential destinations for Tim Tebow, who is expected to get traded after the Denver Broncos signed Peyton Manning.
For the AFC North, I don't see much of a chance of Tebow making his way to any of the four teams. I didn't want to rule anyone completely out because I know first-hand how the unexpected often happens with Tebow (I was at the Broncos' playoff win over Pittsburgh). But I did put the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers in the "low probability" category.
Here are my comments for each team:
BENGALS: Cincinnati is set with Andy Dalton as its starter and Bruce Gradkowski as its backup. Dalton was the AFC's best rookie passer, and Gradkowski has proven he can win games in relief. The only interest is whether the addition of Tebow would end the blackouts in Cincinnati.
BROWNS: This is the one team in the division that needs an upgrade at quarterback, but the Browns appear ready to go into camp with a quarterback competition between Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and a rookie draft pick. Plus, team president Mike Holmgren expressed concern about Tebow's mechanics coming out of Florida.
RAVENS: Can you imagine Tebow playing with one of his biggest critics in the NFL, Terrell Suggs? I can't either. The Ravens are looking to sign Joe Flacco to a long-term deal, and they repeatedly say they are happy with backup Tyrod Taylor's potential and growth.
STEELERS: The Steelers didn't show Tebow much respect by the defenses they played against him in the playoff game this past season, so I can't imagine they would have him high on their free-agent quarterback list. Pittsburgh hasn't settled on a backup to Ben Roethlisberger, but it'll likely be either Byron Leftwich or Charlie Batch.