Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Now that the Miami Dolphins have moved on from Peyton Manning, the team is focused on free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. But, if Flynn chooses Seattle instead of Miami, there’s another name that continues to percolate just below the surface who could be a major draw for Miami.
For the Dolphins to acquire Tebow, the Denver Broncos would first have to sign Peyton Manning. Peyton is working out for the Broncos Friday and will meet with team owner Pat Bowlen.
If Peyton signs in Denver, Tebow will be on his way out in short order, according to profootballtalk.com.
As profootballtalk.com wrote Friday morning, if the Fins lose out on both Manning and Flynn, “the only way owner Stephen Ross can make a big splash in the short term would be to put his trust in Tebow.”
The only problem is Tebow has proven time and time again in the NFL that he can’t throw the football with precision or timing. New Fins head coach Joe Philbin’s West Coast offense depends on both precise and perfectly timed throws, neither of which Tebow can do on a consistent basis.
The one thing Tebow could do for the Dolphins is sell season tickets. Being a former Florida Gator, who is still beloved like no other college player in Gator history, would go a long way towards putting more Gator fans into the stands for Dolphins games.
Acquiring Tebow wouldn’t necessarily be about football, it would be about business.
It could sacrifice long-term development for short-term financial success for the Fins. While Tebow did lead the Broncos to the playoffs last year, it’s going to be difficult to run an offense he can succeed in long-term in the NFL.
Remember though, Fins owner Stephen Ross is all about celebrities and not necessarily what’s best for the Dolphins franchise. Acquiring a player with Tebow’s celebrity may be the only splash he can make if both Flynn and Manning turn the Fins down.
If the Fins end up signing Flynn, no one will remember the possibility of acquiring Tebow.
But, if Miami misses on Flynn, the debate will turn to Tebow and the business-side of the Dolphins may win out over the football side.