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Tim Tebow’s friend says that he wants to head back to Florida

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Right now, Tebow's the odd man out. (Getty Images)

Now that Tim Tebow's departure from the Denver Broncos is a certainty with the Peyton Manning signing, the next question is -- where does he go? Several teams have been mentioned as possible destinations, and many teams have inquired about what it would take to pry Tebow loose.

According to Monica Culpepper, wife of former Florida Gators and NFL player Brad Culpepper, Tebow would prefer to head back home to the Sunshine State, where he did so many great things for those same Gators.

"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 there," Culpepper told 970 WFLA radio in Tampa on Tuesday.

"And in all honesty, Tim said, 'I miss home. I miss the South. And hopefully I'll land somewhere in Florida.'"

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Two Florida teams would be good fits for Tebow's services, and in each case, it's for more than football reasons. The Jacksonville Jaguars have had trouble selling out their stadium in recent years, and the Miami Dolphins are enduring one of the most disastrous offseasons in recent NFL memory.

"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," Culpepper said.

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While everyone in the Broncos organization is obviously thrilled that Manning will be their new quarterback, some of Tebow's soon-to-be-former teammates feel badly for a player who did engineer several 2011 comebacks and played well in the Broncos' wild-card playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Problem is, if it's you against Peyton Manning, you're going to lose that battle unless you're part of a very select group.

"I actually do, because Tim, he's a hard worker," Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas recently told KKFN radio in Denver. "Everybody talks about him about he can't throw and all this. I feel bad about him, he's a hard worker and competitive dude, and I feel like he knows how to win. I don't know what it is, but he always — there's something about him that he knows how to win and I don't know what's going to  happen with him, but I wish him the best of luck and everything."

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