This idea may have been tossed around, but if it hasn't I will make the proposal. If I am Dom, I make a play for Tebow. It seems that Elway isn't sold on his current QB's progress to improve his overall game.
If our experience with Gruden has tought us anything, it is that coaches and executives with quarterback history lack patience when it comes to the maturation of young signal callers. Not only is there a similarity of impatience between the Super Bowl champion and the former Dayton College flop, they both have an affinity for experimenting with a variety of quarterbacks.
Although Elway doesn't quite have the track record of Gruden in terms of management, I can't help but get the feeling that his faith in Tebow is all but lost and will sign Peyton Manning. As much as it pains me to say, I am not that indifferent from him. Tebow's showing vs. the Steelers was awe inspiring, but managing only nine completions vs. the Pats doesn't exactly establish him as a premier QB. With that said, I believe it is time for Tebow3:16 to make the much needed switch to TE, where he can thrive as an NFL caliber player at a skill position. Would this be beneficial for Denver, Tampa, and Tebow?... Absolutely, and here is how and why...
1) Familiar stomping ground. 813 loves Tebow, and given that he has a sentimental character, Tampa would be his ideal team. Besides, Jacksonville isn't going to risk abandoning Blaine Gabbert to see if Tebow can fetch better results.
2) New toys. Vincent Jackson and an improved offensive line gives Freemen a chance to spread the field and develope some comfort in the pocket. Of course this will depend considerably on the contributions of check down recievers Williams and Benn. With the signing of Wright to possibly replace the imcumbant Ronde Barber, Schiano will forgo the opportunity to shore up the secondary by drafting Morris, and will opt for Trent Richardson to strengthen the ground attack. If you add Tebow who, in my honest opinion, is capable of outshining the likes of Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski, the Buc's offense transforms from flailing to scary good with just a few creative tweaks.
3) Winslow is a liability. I appreciate the resiliance he has displayed with his deteriorating knees and his effort to keep his temper/ego in check, but he just doesn't make this offense go. His altercations with teamates in the huddle don't provide for solidarity in this unit, and as every season fades, so does his ability to seperate from linebackers. Tebow can replace Winslow and lineup opposite to a healthy Luke Stocker.
4) More cap space and minimal compensation. As it stands, Tebow's worth as a (pure) quarterback doesn't exceed a sencond round pick. If the Bucs swap their 2012 2nd round spot for Tebow straight up, they can recoup by trading Winslow (possibly a third round), trading down, and still have a good chance to land Richardson or LaMichael James. This of course is just an idea, but one that could pay dividends. What say you?