Call it collateral damage or a bloodless coup, but the Denver Bronco’s executive vice president of football operations and hall of fame quarterback John Elway finally got his way. Tim Tebow is no longer his starting quarterback. And all is forgiven because he’s been replaced by four time NFL MVP Peyton Manning. Manning, who was released just two weeks ago by the Indianapolis Colts, now puts Tebow on the trading block.
Rumor around the league is that not many teams will be willing to put up with the circus that is “Tebowmania”. Regardless of where Tebow sits on the depth chart, there will always be chants for him to be the starter. And that doesn’t bode well for team chemistry. Yet, the Dallas Cowboys may be better equipped to handle the circus over any other team in the league. Here are five reasons why Tim Tebow makes since as a Dallas Cowboy.
1. Jerry Jones loves the spotlight. There is little doubt among Cowboy fans that this move would make Jones absolutely giddy. The Cowboys’ owner and GM would become the “ringmaster” of the “Tebowmania” circus. Jersey sales would blast through the roof and Dallas would be once again the talk of the league. For an owner who loves attention, Tebow is his mecca. Remember, this is the same man who brought in Terrell Owens and Deion Sanders. Jones loves the media circus.
2. Value. It’s been mentioned that Tebow could be available for something as low as a sixth round pick. And although it was a “stretch” for Denver to select the Florida alum as the 25th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow’s value is greater than a sixth rounder. His salary amount is relatively cheap for a quarterback as well. It’s around $2 – $2.5 million a year thru 2015. That amount can double if Tebow reaches certain statistical thresholds which is unlikely as a back-up.
3. Tony Romo is in his final two years. Romo has a contract with the Cowboys until 2013. That means he’ll be 34 years old when his contract ends. And if he is unable to lead Dallas deep into the playoffs by then, we all know the ending result. Obviously, the Cowboys need to start grooming a young player to take Romo’s place. Both 29 year old Kyle Orton and Stephen McGee are not the long term answers. At 24 years old Tebow has the youth and could benefit from a couple years on the bench, specifically working on his passing game. He is also a known commodity and a proven winner. You know exactly what you’re getting from Tebow, unlike the players you’d find in the draft.
4. Tebow wants to play for the Cowboys. During a recent radio interview on The Dan Patrick Show, Tebow admitted that his favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys. He said he’d imagine playing for them in his backyard as a child and that Emmitt Smith was his all-time favorite player. Coming to Dallas would literally be a dream come true for Tebow.
5. Intangibles. What Tebow has in spades is the mental toughness missing from last year’s Cowboys team. If he can inspire and infuse his teammates in the locker room and on the sidelines with that toughness, Tebow could be the positive influence this group of players need to win those tight games. This kid is a gamer. No one argues that point.
The Dallas Cowboy franchise has always been a circus. Adding Tebow to the mix ups the volume a bit, but the circus remains nonetheless. If Tebow can be had for the right price, it will literally make sense (cents) to bring him to Big “D”. Tebow could be the perfect combination of youth, talent, and potential that the Cowboys could groom into their next great quarterback.