Tim Tebow: Projecting Potential Landing Spots for Jets QB

Ryan DavenportContributor IFebruary 23, 2013

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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The writing's been on the wall for months: Tim Tebow will not be a New York Jet when NFL training camps begin this summer. 

He's been a good teammate, a great role model and a solid foot soldier throughout his three seasons as a professional. However, given his desire to contribute on the field and the potential distractions his mere presence can create, Tebow's time on Broadway will be coming to an end soon. 

Tebow's supporters will point to his miraculous performance in the 2011 postseason against Pittsburgh, while his detractors will bring up his rather inefficient throwing motion. Either way, the former Heisman Trophy winner has to move on to his third team in less than 24 months. 

As of now, the Jets (via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today), are non-commital with regards to Tebow's future, but unless Rex Ryan has a new offensive scheme hidden away somewhere, it's difficult to see how the former Florida Gator could possibly fit into the team's plans.  

With the offseason in full swing, and the NFL draft a matter of weeks away, here's an early look at where the popular quarterback could end up later this spring. 


Yeah, the Vikings have Christian Ponder under center, but while the team earned a postseason appearance in 2012, Minnesota's offense obviously revolved around reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson and the run-game. 

Ponder's struggles, and the Vikings' past experimentation with Wildcat packages make Minnesota a potential landing spot for the unconventional quarterback, but they must know that bringing in Tebow is a gamble, one that could alienate the team's current starter. 

Kansas City

When Michael Vick was looking for a fresh start following his release from prison, the controversial yet sublimely talented quarterback found a new home with Andy Reid's Philadelphia Eagles

For Reid, the opportunity to design a Wildcat package using both Donovan McNabb (who had lost more than a step by that stage) and Vick under center was too enticing to pass up, so the Eagles took a flier on the former Pro Bowl signal-caller.

Tebow is not even close to being the passer that Vick is, but his ability to find seams and create offense as a Bronco was undeniable, so it's possible that the Chiefs could take a chance on him.


 In January, newly-minted General Manager David Caldwell said (via ESPN.com) that Tebow was not on the team's radar, despite months of speculation suggesting otherwise.

While it's easy to take what Caldwell said at face value, the fact of the matter is that Blaine Gabbert has been marginal at best as the Jaguars' starting quarterback, and some competition certainly wouldn't hurt.

At the very least, bringing in a guy who has won a postseason game as a No. 1 quarterback would tell the Jaguars something about whether Gabbert has the potential to blossom into a viable starter, and even if he does, the team would sell a lot of tickets just by having Tebow holding a clipboard on the sidelines.