According to a radio report by ESPN's John Clayton over the weekend, if the Denver Broncos close the deal with quarterback Peyton Manning, the rumor circulating is that the Broncos may then trade quarterback Tim Tebow to the Patriots.
"Here's an interesting proposition, just a rumor. Let's say you have Manning going to Denver," Clayton said on ESPN Radio over the weekend according to ESPNBoston.com. "Tim Tebow is probably going to be traded. He's not going to Jacksonville, they've already got Chad Henne. New England. You trade him to New England and groom him to be kind of a role player, and then you trade Ryan Mallett in some way. It's just a rumor."
Denver Post columnist Woodie Paige, who once called Tebow the long-awaited successor to John Elway, wrote today that Tebow "likes" the Patriots.
When he was the head coach of the Broncos, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels selected Tebow with pick No. 25 in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. McDaniels never started Tebow but used him in the Broncos goal-line package before he was fired in December 2010 after less than two years on the job as Denver's head coach.