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Let the Tebow speculation begin

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  • January 8, 2011 - 4:27 PM

Although the Vikings have yet to say whether former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels will become their offensive coordinator (or even how the meeting between the two sides went on Friday), there is now an interesting twist to the story if that does happen.

John Elway, the Broncos' new executive vice president of football operations, told Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated that he doesn't, " think Tim Tebow is a good quarterback at this level at this time.”

That could mean that Elway will be looking to trade Tebow -- King made it clear that Elway never told him he wants to deal Tebow -- and if he does the team that hires McDaniels could be urged to go get Tebow so the two could continue to work together. Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon told the Star Tribune on Friday that veteran Kyle Orton, who has been with Denver, would be a good fit to run the McDaniels offense but Tebow could be viewed as the Vikings' long-term answer.

Vikings fans will recall the Tebow mania before last year's draft when there was all types of speculation that Minneosta might grab the former Florida Gator. In that case, it was never clear if then-coach Brad Childress or vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman was a Tebow fan. If it was Spielman, Childress would have had the authority to tell him no on Tebow.

In the end, it didn't matter because the Broncos traded up to get the 25th pick in the draft and took Tebow. The Vikings were slated to pick 30th.

If Childress was the one who said he didn't want Tebow and Spielman did like him it could be a situation now where it would be realistic for the Vikings to take a run at the quarterback. Remember, Spielman and new coach Leslie Frazier are expected to both have a say over the roster, where Childress had final authority of the final 53.

As King points out, the real issue now would be the lack of a collective bargaining agreement. Trades can not be made until the first day of the new league year on March 4 and if a lockout starts that day because of no CBA no trades will be allowed until the work stoppage is finished.

Shortly after King's report, Elway took to Twitter to start the damage control.

"To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow... I think he's a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can," Elway said. "Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him. We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco. Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false."

Nonetheless, if McDaniels does land with the Vikings it's nearly certain plenty of Tebow speculation is certain to follow. 

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