Tebow: "Think there's any chance that I end up in Minnesota competing with you for a starting job?" Ponder: "AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!" Tebow: "But I heard. . ." Ponder: "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA no." (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
In the event that you've been under a rock or in a cave for the past day or two, you've probably heard by now that the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning have come to terms on a contract, and that Manning will be introduced by the Broncos this afternoon as their new signal caller.
Because this was the Broncos, the thought that came to people's minds after "Wow, nice job by the Broncos" was "What are the Broncos going to do with Tim Tebow?" Denver certainly isn't going to cut him outright, because the odds are pretty good that they can get something for him in a trade. So, the rumor mill for which teams might be interested in him has fired up in earnest, and for some reason the Minnesota Vikings have come up in that speculation.
Why? I really don't understand why, to be honest.
For starters, the Vikings' roster already has an insanely athletic quarterback with accuracy issues on it. His name is Joe Webb. And even for all of Webb's "accuracy issues," his career completion percentage is 10 full points higher than Tebow's (57.9 to 47.3). Why would a rebuilding team like the Vikings waste a valuable draft pick on a guy like Tebow when they already have a similar. . .and possibly better. . .player on the team already?
Second. . .oh, yeah, the Vikings already have their quarterback of the future. He's that Christian Ponder fellow that Minnesota took in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The 2012 NFL Draft is going to be focused on surrounding the guy with talent (i.e. Matt Kalil) and supplementing the defense so that he isn't expected to put up 35 points every game in order for the Vikings to have a chance at winning. Bringing in Tebow with Ponder being ready to take over the franchise would create a completely unnecessary and unwelcome controversy in Minnesota. Quite frankly, say what you will about "Tebow Time" or whatever else, but I wouldn't trade Ponder for him straight-up at this point, and I certainly wouldn't give up a draft pick to bring Tebow in with the chaos it would have the potential to cause.
So, honestly, I don't know why the Vikings are mentioned as a possible trade destination for Tebow. But you can be pretty confident that it isn't happening. And it shouldn't happen, either.