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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Tim Tebow: Jacksonville, New York Jets, Green Bay among possible destinations

One watch ends, with the signing of Peyton Manning in Denver, and another begins, with Tim Tebow waiting to be shipped out after the signing of Peyton Manning in Denver.

John Elway has never masked his intent to upgrade at quarterback, despite Tebow taking the team to the playoffs last season, and may well trade him, possibly as early as today. Jacksonville, the New York Jets, Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins expressed interest, according to ESPN, with Miami dropping out.

“Tim Tebow is a great kid. If I want someone to marry my daughter, it would be him,” Elway said Tuesday, offering heartfelt praise along with his clear-eyed analysis. “But I think with the opportunity to have Peyton Manning's services, we had to take advantage of that. Now that it's happened, we have to go back and address Tim and see what the best situation is for the Denver Broncos, as well as him.”

The teams mentioned most prominently in the Tebow talk, according to the NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, are the Jaguars and the New York Jets, with the possibility that a sleeper team might emerge.

Jacksonville is Tebow’s town — and Florida is his state. He’s the hero who won a Heisman and two national championships with the Gators. The problem with Jacksonville is that the team has made a commitment to Blaine Gabbert and signed Chad Henne. Still, the Jags could use a marquee player and Tebow told Brad and Monica Culpepper that he would like to return to his home state.

“Brad and I just had dinner with Tim last week and I don’t think this comes as a shock or surprise to him that Manning was actually going to go [to Denver],”Monica Culpepper said in a radio interview. “And in all honesty, Tim said, ‘I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I’ll land somewhere in Florida.’ I sure hope Jacksonville takes him because he’s such a great kid, such a good player and would be so thrilled to come back to the South.”

Jets management is enthusiastic and heaven knows the team could use a fiery leader, but at least one player is not.

“We don't need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami,” Antonio Cromartie tweeted. “Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley or Joe McKnight we straight.”

Cromartie took some heat from Jets fans and responded. “Look everyone is mad about what I said but u will b okay,” he tweeted. “I have faith in the guys that we have in the locker room right now that I will get it done this year.”

The Jets have Mark Sanchez on board through 2016, but could use a quarterback who can mobilize the troops, who often fight among themselves, often during games. Tebow, frankly, isn’t that much worse than Sanchez (a 47.3 career completion average for Tebow vs. 55.3 for Sanchez). And, if Rex Ryan is serious about emphasizing the ground game, well, Tebowmania might be the right choice to replace Linsanity in New York.

The Packers could use Tebow at other positions and as backup to Aaron Rodgers, with Matt Flynn going to Seattle.

Where’s the best spot for Tebow?

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