Tebow on the blocks

Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Mass. Quarterback Payton Manning heads for Denver, which leaves the popular but uneven Tebow in football purgatory.

Kai Ryssdal: Before there was Linsanity -- Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks -- there was Tebow-mania. Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos and their unlikely winning streak last season.

Despite all that, it looks like Tebow's on his way out. Payton Manning -- late of the Indianapolis Colts -- has chosen Denver as his new home, which means Tebow's on the trading block. Marketplace's Adriene Hill reports.


Adriene Hill: Four-time NFL M.V.P. Peyton Manning is trading in one horse-mascotted team for another. Reports are the QB will sign with the Denver Broncos after he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts.

Andrew Brandt is a sports business analyst for ESPN.

Andrew Brandt: I think this contract will be in the range of $18 million to $19 million to $20 million per year.

But what about the future of craze-creating quarterback Tim Tebow, who led the Broncos to the playoffs last year?

Reports are the team will look to trade him. But is there a market for the unconventional and uneven QB? Here’s Brandt again.

Brandt: Beauty is going to be in the eye of beholder in terms of value. But I’ll tell you this: Tim Tebow will energize a fan base wherever he goes.

But if Tebow doesn’t produce, it’s not clear how long those fans will stay interested.

CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly, who’s also a former NFL general manager, just isn’t sold.

Charley Casserly: Personally, I don’t see much of a market for him.

The reality, says Casserly, even if Tebow might sell a whole lot of tickets, he still needs a whole lot of work.

I’m Adriene Hill for Marketplace.

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Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.

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