New York Jets Clearly Don't Want Tim Tebow, but These 5 2013 Suitors Should
Tebow has yet to see significant playing time with the Jets despite the struggles of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets are a mess and could use a change, but head coach Rex Ryan is intent on keeping Tebow on the sidelines.
The relationship between Tebow and the Jets deteriorated further when Ryan and the organization decided Tebow would be active in Sunday's Week 13 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals according to Manish Mehta via Twitter:
Tim Tebow is officially inactive today. Others for Jets: Gates, Berry, Sapp, Harrison, Smith and Schlauderaff. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 2, 2012
With the Jets now decided to not even use Tebow in gimmick packages, it's more than clear the team is willing to move on from him. It's more than likely Tebow still wants a shot at being a starter somewhere as well.
Let's take a look at five teams that should be calling the Jets this offseason in an attempt to trade for the polarizing quarterback.
5. Oakland Raiders
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The only thing stopping the Oakland Raiders from making a serious move for Tim Tebow is the fact that the team is horrible enough to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and land the top quarterback prospect, whoever that ends up being.
That being said, that doesn't mean the Raiders shouldn't at least make an inquiry with the Jets.
Carson Palmer has been a massive let down for the Raiders, so much so that the team has decided to potentially roll with third-round supplemental draft quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
If the Raiders are willing to take a chance on Pryor, there's no reason they shouldn't be willing to take a chance with Tebow, who has already proven that he can lead a team to the postseason and win games.
Oakland has a lot of holes to fix, but a dual-threat quarterback as poised as Tebow is a nice stop-gap while the team addresses other major areas of need first.
4. Arizona Cardinals
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The Arizona Cardinals have been flirting with two different quarterbacks for quite some time now, but neither Kevin Kolb or John Skelton have been able to have much of a positive impact as starters.
Tebow could thrive in Arizona if given the opportunity.
Both Kolb and Skelton have been horrific this season as both have failed to complete even 60 percent of their passes despite having talented weapons such as receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
With Tebow under center, not only could he consistently find Fitzgerald, he'd be able to open things up for the stagnant running game as well thanks to his diverse set of skills.
The Arizona backfield has been a joke thus far, but that changes with an athletic threat like Tebow calling the shots.
At this point, the Cardinals don't have a lot to lose. Taking a gamble on Tebow will cost less than the Kolb disaster and could potentially pay off in a big way.
3. Buffalo Bills
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The Buffalo Bills are once again residing at the bottom of the AFC East, and a large part of the issues for the team can be directly attributed to the play of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick has once again been mediocre at best and on more than one occasion has cost his team games. He has some special talent around him in receiver Stevie Johnson and running back C.J. Spiller, but he's failed to elevate his game as a result.
A backfield of Spiller and Tim Tebow makes sense and is versatile enough to give defenses headaches. Chan Gailey is known for turning dual-threat types such as Tebow into success stories, so it's a marriage that makes sense.
Buffalo may not have as many glaring problems as the other teams on this list but could use Tebow just as much nonetheless.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
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The Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL's worst team win a laughable 1-10 record, and it's a direct result of the horrendous quarterback play.
Whether it be Matt Cassel or Brady Quinn, the quarterback play for the Chiefs has been a disaster. Both have failed to elevate the play of the skill players around them, despite it being some of the best in the league.
With weapons such as elite running back Jamaal Charles, it's hard to understand how any quarterback could fail in Kansas City. Part of the issue is coaching, but Romeo Crennel and Co. have to be able to trust in the man under center.
That's where Tim Tebow enters the picture.
Tebow, as we know, is versatile. He can add another element to the running game, albeit a bruising one. He can also use this to open up the passing game with targets such as Dwayne Bowe and Tony Moeaki.
It's likely not a popular topic, but bringing Tebow to Kansas City could upgrade the team if he is utilized properly.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
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The Jacksonville Jaguars have a lot of issues, and a prominent one remains the starting quarterback position.
As one of the only teams to show an actual interest in Tebow when Denver was shopping him, it makes sense that Jacksonville should pursue him.
Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert so far has been a bust and managed to lose his job to a veteran in Chad Henne. While Henne has been solid in spot-duty, he's not a sure thing in the long run for Jacksonville.
Tebow could be an upgrade over Henne if used properly. Henne fails to throw the ball deep down the field, instead typically settling for short passes. Conversely, Tebow can have success deep with opposing defenses focused on shutting down his exceptional running ability.
Tebow to Jacksonville makes too much sense to not happen. It's been years in the making.