Tim Tebow in a New England Patriots Uniform for 2013 Season?

Chris RadezSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The "virtual certainty" which was Tim Tebow heading to Jacksonville has been disproved by Jaguars' new GM Dave Caldwell, during his press conference on Thursday.

So, where could Tebow possibly land now? There are a few possibilities being kicked around.

San Francisco could happen, given that Alex Smith will likely be traded and starting somewhere next season. Colin Kaepernick will need a solid backup, and the 49ers are certainly the type of team who wouldn't hesitate to switch things up from time to time and use Tebow in a "Wildcat" type of formation.

The Canadian Football League has been thrown into the Tebow discussions, since there really isn't an NFL team who would be open to utilizing him as a starter. I wouldn't blame him if he wanted to make a career up North as a starting quarterback. 

But, what if Tebow was open to being an all-around utility guy? I'm thinking Kevin Faulk, Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, Doug Flutie, Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, so on and so forth-type of utility player.

I'm sure you noticed the aforementioned players are either current New England Patriots or were at one point in their career.

Tim Tebow might not be your prototypical, every-down, NFL-style quarterback, but he's a darn good football player and athlete. He has football instincts and is not afraid to do whatever needs to be done on any given play.

Bill Belichick likes all-around athletes, hardcore football guys and players who just give it their all on every single down.

That said, why wouldn't this be a great fit?

The Patriots tend to use multiple running backs throughout their games over the course of the season. They like to play around with experimental formations, keeping their opponents off-guard and guessing by throwing the kitchen sink around in most games.

Imagine the possibilities here:

Brady (or Mallett, in the future) drops back to pass. It's a draw play, and the hand-off is to Tim Tebow. He runs to the right with Gronkowski out in front as a blocker. The defense shifts and begins to key on Tebow, hoping to stop him for a short gain. He stops short of the line of scrimmage, sets and throws left to Aaron Hernandez, who now has an open field in front of him.

Touchdown Patriots.

That's only one scenario. There's no end to the possibilities in a playbook with a player like Tim Tebow in the backfield. This could very well be wishful thinking on my part. On the other hand, where in the NFL might this guy land during the off-season? The options, whether or not you feel they should be, are limited for him.

As a Patriots fan, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

@ChrisRadez