Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Please, no Tebow in Cleveland

 Tuesday was a great day.

I woke up early to the sunshine peeking through the windows, had a better-than-normal cup of coffee and got a lot of yard work done. I even purchased $10 worth of Mega Millions tickets just in case Lady Luck was REALLY on my side.

But the best part of my day Tuesday came around  3 p.m. when I turned on ESPN and read the crawler across the bottom of the screen. The first item running across the screen reported the teams that had expressed interest in trading for Denver QB Tim Tebow in the aftermath of Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos earlier in the day.

I got a little nervous as they suitors appeared one by one from the lower-right portion of my screen. But my prayers were answered when the list finished without the word "Cleveland" appearing on the screen.

Tim Tebow is a nice guy.

He's just not what the Browns need or want running their offense.

Tebow's passes were ugly for four years in the sunshine of Florida, as well as in the balmy conditions in San Diego, Oakland and other stadiums in which he played in the AFC West with the Broncos. Imagine what they would be with the brutal winds off Lake Erie knocking them down.

No thanks.

Part of me feels bad for Tebow. No team is going to sign him for his quarterback abilities, but rather for the box-office jolt he will provide in ticket sales. He's a gimmick. A side show. An attraction in appearance only.

He's not an NFL quarterback a team can hang their hat on. The proof is that Denver signed an aging Manning to a ludicrous contract despite having multiple neck surgeries in his recent history. And THAT is a better option than Tebow?


Tebow's best options should come down to three teams: Green Bay, where he could back up Aaron Rodgers and not sniff the field; Philadelphia, where he could back up Michael Vick and give the Eagles' a reserve with a similar skill-set to their starter (aside from the fact Vick CAN throw); or Jacksonville, where he could just go and be a hometown side show and ticket-seller.

The Browns aren't an option, thankfully. President Mike Holmgren and GM Tom Heckert haven't done a lot early on in free agency, but give them credit for not kicking the tires on Tebow's wagon, unless it was to make sure those tires had enough air to cart Tebow off to some other team.

- John Kampf


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