Dungy: Tebow a good backup plan for Eagles

Posted: March 21, 2012

WHAT WILL happen to Tim Tebow now that Denver has signed Peyton Manning?

There are no shortage of scenarios.

Yesterday, John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president, said the team will consider trading Tebow.

"It is a possibility," Elway said, "and he knows that's a possibility."

There are, reportedly, up to five teams interested in acquiring Tebow. The Eagles aren't one of them, but Tony Dungy thinks they should be.

Dungy, a former NFL coach and pro football analyst for NBC, played a large role in bringing Michael Vick to the Eagles. Now, he's hyping Tebow.

"Lefthanded guy. Same offense. Mobile quarterback," Dungy told the Dan Patrick show yesterday. "As much as Mike [Vick] has been hurt, if you're Andy Reid, you probably have to look at it, and think about it."

ESPN, citing a league source, reported that Miami, Jacksonville, Green Bay and the New York Jets, are among the teams interested in Tebow.

However, the Miami Herald, citing multiple team sources, reported the Dolphins have no interest.

Elway said Tebow was "very positive. He's like, 'We're talking about Peyton Manning. I understand what you're doing.' "

Noteworthy * 

Detroit reached a deal to keep linebacker Stephen Tulloch, allowing the team to cross another priority off their to-do list this offseason. The agreement calls for a 5-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the transaction hadn't been announced. Financial terms were not immediately known. Tulloch made a team-high 111 tackles with the Lions after signing a 1-year deal last summer.

He led Tennessee in tackles the previous 2 years after being drafted by the Titans in 2006, when their defensive coordinator was current Detroit coach Jim Schwartz. The Lions also re-signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen to a 1-year contract.

* Quarterback Alex Smith has agreed to a new 3-year deal to stay with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a report. ESPN.com, citing sources, reported Smith will make approximately $8 million per season.

Longtime Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward retired rather than trying to extend his career with another team. The decision came 3 weeks after Ward was released by the Steelers in a salary- cap maneuver. The 36-year-old Ward is the franchise's all-time leader in every major receiving category, including receptions, yards and touchdowns. Ward said following his release he believed he "still had some football in him," but changed his mind.

* The New York Jets are eyeing free-agent running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, according to a report. The New York Post, citing a source, reported that the Jets have not yet set up a meeting with Green-Ellis who has spent his 4-year career with New England.

* Offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger signed his 1-year, $1.26 million restricted free-agent tender to return to Washington for a third season. The Redskins also announced that defensive end Adam Carriker has signed his new deal. Last week, he agreed to a 4-year, $20 million contract with $7 million guaranteed.

* Tennessee agreed to terms with defensive end Kamerion Wimbley on a multiyear deal. Terms were not announced. Wimbley played the last two seasons with Oakland before being released last week.

* Free-agent cornerback and special teams ace Jarrett Bush agreed to a 3-year deal to return to Green Bay, according to his agent, Derrick Fox. Bush has played in 94 regular-season games for the Packers since 2006, with seven career starts.

* New England announced the signing of free-agent receiver Brandon Lloyd. The 30-year-old Lloyd, who has played for five teams in his 9-year NFL career, was with Denver and St. Louis last season.

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