GREEN BAY – If the Denver Broncos are going to get anything for quarterback Tim Tebow, they won’t be getting it from the Green Bay Packers.
While the team has done its homework on Tebow, an NFL source familiar with the Packers’ thinking said Wednesday morning that the club will not trade for Tebow. While they would consider Tebow if the Broncos released him, the source said, general manager Ted Thompson wouldn’t surrender even a low-round pick for Tebow, who is on the trading block after the Broncos signed four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.
The Packers have not called the Broncos to talk to them about Tebow, the source said. Thompson, in fact, has been out of the office visiting various college pro days.
With the Miami Dolphins reportedly not interested, it appears the Broncos’ only two potential trading partners are the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets. A number of media reports have said that the Jaguars and Jets are interested in him.
Tebow reportedly has told friends that he hopes to be traded to one of the NFL teams in Florida, and the Jaguars have “serious interest” in trading for him, according to NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. New Jaguars owner Shad Kahn apparently is highly motivated to bring in Tebow, who remains wildly popular in Florida.
If the Broncos fail to strike a deal with either team and wind up releasing Tebow, then the Packers might pursue him, but even that wouldn’t necessarily happen, the source said. Tebow’s rookie contract calls for him to make $1.1 million in 2012, $6.055 million in 2013 and $7.145 million in 2014 in base salaries. If he were released, a team could sign him to a less expensive multi-year deal.
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