Tim Tebow: Tebowmania Will Keep NFL Teams from Trading for Jets QB
The Jets will try to shop him at this week's scouting combine. The first day they can trade him is March 12, so they might keep him until then with the hope that they can swing a deal. Chances are, no one will bite, so they'll end up releasing him.
When Tebow was the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos, winning games and making the playoffs, Tebowmania was good for business.
Nowadays, it's just a pain in the butt.
No team wants a second, or third-string quarterback who garners more attention from the media than the other players on the team. But that's the price you pay for bringing Tebow into your locker room, to which Rex Ryan's New York Jets can surely attest.
It's the media's job to stir up the public's emotions, which is why Tebow remains such a media obsession. There isn't any doubt about what he believes in, and the forthright way he proclaims his religious views always gets people talking.
Recently, Tebow was slated to speak at the First Baptist Church of Dallas—a church that is led by controversial pastor Robert Jeffress, who has repeatedly made disparaging comments about gays and other faiths.
Thankfully, he decided to cancel his appearance (via his Twitter account), but the story was a huge national hot-button topic for about a week or so.
NFL teams don't want this kind of hassle—especially from a player who isn't even a key member of the team. If any player is going to be getting cameras shoved in his face on a regular basis, it needs to be the starting quarterback.
Tebow is a man with many titles, but starting quarterback isn't one of them.
He's really in a no-win situation. He's never going to stop talking about Jesus Christ as his lord and savior, and the media is never going to stop obsessing over his complete and utter devotion to his God.
Will Tebow be on an NFL roster in 2013?
Unfortunately for Tebow, NFL teams want football players who can contribute on the field and who don't attract unnecessary attention.
The first part of that equation is debatable for Tebow. He may be worth developing as a quarterback, but there's just as much chance that he turns out to be nothing more than a backup.
And there isn't a single team willing to bring in a backup who gets more attention than the real stars making plays on Sundays.
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