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Tim Tebow: Breaking Down Top Potential Destinations for Polarizing Quarterback

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

Tim Tebow is clearly not the New York Jets' quarterback of the future, and according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, it may not be long before the polarizing QB requests a trade.

After the Jets imploded on national TV Monday night, coach Rex Ryan opted to bench the hapless Mark Sanchez in Week 16. Ryan is giving the start to second-year man Greg McElroy, which unofficially signals the end of Tebow's brief and perplexing stint in New York.

While his game is riddled with flaws, Tebow does bring some valuable assets to the table. He's a solid backup with playoff experience and a useful weapon in short-yardage scenarios.

He could also compete for a couple of starting spots around the league, as some teams' quarterback situations are even worse than the disaster in New York.

If Tebow does end up leaving the Jets, the following teams would be the best fits for him.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Blaine Gabbert experiment has failed thus far, and it may be time for the Jaguars to look for a new franchise quarterback.

Current starter Chad Henne likely isn't the answer, and although Tebow probably isn't either, he would at least bring some excitement to a franchise that desperately needs it. Jacksonville is always near the bottom of the NFL in attendance and jersey sales, so the addition of a hometown hero like Tebow makes sense.

Tebow could also form a bruising duo with Maurice Jones-Drew, and the presence of budding receiver Justin Blackmon would likely help him develop as a passer.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs quarterback situation is disgusting right now, as Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel have combined to throw just 180.9 yards per game (31st in NFL).

It's obvious that neither guy is the long-term solution in Kansas City, and with head coach Romeo Crennel likely on the way out, the Chiefs' offensive philosophy could change dramatically in the coming weeks.

While they wouldn't want to put all their quarterback eggs in the Tebow basket, he could be a good fit if they bring in a coach looking to install a college-style spread offense. After what KC fans have had to endure this season, a year with Tebow running the spread should be welcomed with open arms.

 

New England Patriots

If Tebow's willing to go somewhere he has no shot of being the starter, then New England would be a great option.

He could learn from one of the game's best in Tom Brady, and it's not like he would cause any sort of QB controversy with the Patriots. He could also study under current offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow back in 2010.

Plus, we all know that Bill Belichick is one of the craftiest coaches in the league. If anybody could find a use for Tebow's unique skill set, it's Belichick.

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