Not so long ago, any mention of Tim Tebow would have to have included the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were supposed to be hot on the trail of the beleaguered quarterback. Now, the Jaguars are not interested, according to ESPN, and Tebow's future has never been less clear.
The Jets' probably will not want Tebow in 2013. His salary of $2.586 million (via Spotrac) is an awful lot for a quarterback who doesn't have a chance to even see the field. Tebow is a symbol of what's wrong with the Jets, that they would rather be in the headlines than the playoffs. He will almost certainly be gone.
Though many teams feel strongly about Tebow's inability to succeed as a quarterback, there will always be a market for the NFL's most marketable player.
Let's take a look at that market, breaking down where Tebow might end up in 2013.
New England Patriots
The Patriots have been prone to signing some sideshow-type players over the years. Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson headline that group, but it shows that the Patriots will always take a chance on a talented flier. Tebow is certainly that.
In New England, there would be no way that Tebow would play quarterback. Ryan Mallet is entrenched as the backup, and Tom Brady is, well, Tom Brady.
The Patriots could still do one of two things with Tebow. One, they could use him at another position, such as H-Back or short-yardage back. Tebow can run like Mike Alstott and is versatile like Warrick Dunn. A smart time like the Patriots would find a role for him.
The other route that they could take is to develop Tebow and trade him. Some teams will always be enamored with Tebow's skills. Learning from Brady could make Tebow a borderline competent quarterback, and that would raise his value significantly.
The one problem with this thought is that the Jets would be unlikely to trade Tebow within the division. If the Patriots could swing it, though, this would make a lot of sense.
Kansas City Chiefs
Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn weren't the answer at quarterback, combining for a 2-14 record. The duo ensured the firing of Romeo Crennell, and now, quarterback guru Andy Reid is at the helm. Rather than draft a quarterback early, Reid may opt to go for an existing veteran.
Tebow is the kind of mobile quarterback whom Reid has shown a preference for, and he could allow the Chiefs to focus on other needs early in the draft.
This would be a great pairing between a great teacher in Reid and a willing pupil in Tebow. There are few coaches who could fix Tebow, but Reid might be one of them.
There are a few reasons this is an unlikely trade. First, the Kansas City fanbase is already pretty cynical, and Tebow is a quarterback who breeds cynicism. People would watch, but many KC fans would be watching just to watch the scenario implode.
Further, though Andy Reid has done little right as a head coach in recent years, even he is not so bold as to take on Tebow as a project. To be frank, most teams who would add Tebow would not do so for football reasons, but for business. Will Reid be willing to make such a move? We will see.
The Raiders are a team on the margins of the NFL. Despite a rabid fanbase, few take the franchise seriously anymore, as it has not been competitive for many years now. The team has had problems with finding a quarterback and leadership in general.
Tebow could kill two birds with one stone.
Whether or not Tebow is an upgrade over Carson Palmer remains to be seen, but he is certainly an upgrade over backups Matt Leinart and Terrell Pryor. More importantly, Tebow would offer the franchise hope, something it has not had since JaMarcus Russell's first few snaps.
The Raiders are actually well-suited for Tebow's talents. With Darren McFadden and Marcel Reese in the backfield, this team can run the football with suitable blocking. Tebow relies on a strong running game to set up play-action passes, which he could turn into big plays in this offense. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Rod Streater are all big, fast deep threats who could help Tebow thrive.
More than anything, Tebow would restore this franchise to relevance. The Raiders are the best bet for Tebow to remain a quarterback.