With the Broncos and Peyton Manning finalizing a contract Monday, the team is exploring trades for Tim Tebow, a league source told NFL Network’s Albert Breer. But should players be excited about the prospect of Tebow Time coming to their town?
NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp held nothing back in his breakdown of the QB’s prospects with a new franchise, saying Tebow’s arrival would signify his departure if he were playing on the team that traded for the signal-caller.
“If he’s on my ballclub, I have to leave. I want out,” Sapp said during an “NFL Total Access” segment. “I know what that style of football that takes. You have to learn to love to be miserable. Pick-sixes don’t bother you, being down 24 doesn’t bother you, nothing bothers you. That’s a miserable way to play football.”
Joey Porter, a free-agent linebacker and 13-year NFL veteran, echoed Sapp’s sentiments, saying he’d want to know “who’s to blame” if his team brought Tebow aboard.
“The first thing you think is, are we playing for a draft pick next year?” Porter said. “Not to take anything away from Tebow — he seems like a good guy. But the way the league is now, you have to be able to pass the ball.”
Playing devil’s advocate, NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi said Tebow deserved an opportunity to prove himself.
“I don’t know if you’re going to cash in all your chips, but if Tim Tebow comes into your team, you have to allow him to compete,” Lombardi said. “He did make it to the playoffs last season. I don’t think you give him anything — you make him earn everything. If he can’t improve the ability to throw the football, then he can’t make the football team.”
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