Tim Tebow: Polarizing QB Would Be Perfect Fit with Jaguars

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets during warm ups before the start of their game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow's stint with the New York Jets appears to be drawing to a close, and it sounds like his next team is already waiting in line.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Jacksonville Jaguars are Tebow's likely suitors:

League sources say it is a virtual certainty Tim Tebow will land a job back home with theJacksonville Jaguars in 2013.

Tebow reportedly will be traded or released after the season, but league sources say the Jets are likely to honor Tebow's forthcoming request to be released and therefore become an unrestricted free agent.

This couldn't make more sense. No matter how you cut it, Tebow presents a win-win situation for the Jaguars.

Not only did Tebow play his high school football near Jacksonville, but he also won two national championships with the Florida Gators. His ties to the Sunshine State will add to his comfort level with the organization, and his local connection will also give fans another reason to attend Jaguar games.

In terms of skills and how he impacts the Jags' current personnel, it also makes sense. Blaine Gabbert has been completely underwhelming so far in his NFL career. Although it's hard to cut ties with a young quarterback so quickly, it also doesn't make sense to allow him to keep failing.

Tebow is a hype machine. No matter where he goes, attention is going to follow. There is no way around that. Jacksonville needs that positive attention, whether it's winning or not.

Mortensen's report mentions that the Jaguars will have an open quarterback competition entering next season. Because Tebow was kept on the shelf for most of this year, you have to imagine that he's going to be hungry to earn a job this time around.

That doesn't bode well for Gabbert's future, but it could also push him to new heights as a player. If that winds up being the case then Tebow benefited the team in his own way, even if it wasn't through his production on the field.

When Tebow seemed to be on the outs with the Jets, Jacksonville seemed like an obvious destination. Maybe he won't wind up there in the end, but the pieces fit together perfectly.

Tebow is bound to get another chance as a starting quarterback somewhere. It might as well be for a team that suits him on every level.