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What's Tim Tebow's trade value?


Tim Tebow's run in Denver could be coming to an end with the arrival of free agent Peyton Manning.

Broncos VP John Elway brought in a Super Bowl MVP to replace the young passer who reinvigorated the fan base, and now will likely seek to trade Tebow, according to ESPN and NFL Network.

Drafted two years ago in the first round, Tebow got his first extended action as a starter last season, leading the Broncos to an 8-8 finish and a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Denver Post's Mike Klis points to Tebow's popularity among fans as a selling point to any languishing franchise. Acquiring Tebow would certainly be popular in Jacksonville, the Heisman Trophy-winner's hometown.

In a football sense, a commitment to Tebow isn't to be taken lightly. As we saw in Denver, it requires a transformation on offense that limits multiple passing reads and puts emphasis on the run. After all, Tebow was sacked 24 times on 293 dropbacks in 2011, while Manning's been sacked 21 times on 1,399 dropbacks since 2008, according to ESPN.

"I'd be surprised if there is much of a trade value for him," former NFL general manager Charley Casserly told USA TODAY. "I think it's true that he could move the ball in the Denver offense, but if you break down the majority of his games, he didn't throw the ball well. Coming out, there wasn't a lot of interest in him, and that's usually a pretty good indicator of trade value down the road.

"I'd be surprised if he went for much better than a fifth rounder."

This article was written by Robert Klemko and appeared in USA Today.

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