Tim Tebow: Jets QB Deserves a Fresh Start with New Team

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2013

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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The ongoing circus involving the New York Jets and Tim Tebow may never end, but the polarizing quarterback deserves to get a fresh start with a new team. 

Although it's not clear if any team will be willing to take on everything that goes with the quarterback, he has earned the right to compete for a starting job. He doesn't appear to be getting a legitimate chance to lead the Jets, so the team should cut him loose.

After Mark Sanchez's performance last season, it's a mystery as to why Tebow never got a chance to start.

Is Tebow a great passer? Not by any means. However, he is a winner. He won two national championships in college and has seen similar success in the NFL.

This is a guy who took a 1-4 team on a 7-4 run and won a playoff game. There's something about him that gets the job done even when the games aren't going well.

In a league that has turned into a passing league, Tebow started the trend of the option quarterback in the pros. He turned the Denver Broncos into the No. 1 rushing attack in the NFL thanks to the option. Now quarterbacks like Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick have found success in the league with similar styles.

Tebow's skills are not going to fit in with every team, so he would need to pick the right team if the Jets release him.

The Arizona Cardinals are looking for a quarterback, but they are searching for someone who can get the ball to receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The left-hander needs to find a team that is dedicated to running the football.

Teams like the Cleveland Browns and the Jacksonville Jaguars have dangerous weapons at running back. Jacksonville has ruled out bringing Tebow in, according to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal. The Browns aren't likely to bring Tebow in with the young nucleus they have on offense.

There aren't a lot of teams that have quarterback problems and have a solid running game.

Here's a possibility: the Kansas City Chiefs.

Yes, the Chiefs made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith (via ESPN). It took Smith years to succeed in San Francisco, so it's no sure thing that he will work in Kansas City. The Chiefs have Jamaal Charles, who has made two Pro Bowls, in the backfield. 

Kansas City has Dwayne Bowe at receiver, but there's not much else in the passing game. It would be the perfect fit for Tebow to come in to compete for a starting job.

The Chiefs have plenty of talent on the team. They had six guys make the Pro Bowl last season despite winning only two games. Once they find a playmaker at quarterback, this team will challenge the Broncos for the division.

While in Denver, he rushed for 660 yards in the regular season in 2011. Over 600 off those yards came in the final 11 games after he took over as starter. He averaged over five yards per carry that season and provided a spark to a team that was going nowhere.

The team will be focused on winning by running the football and playing defense. He is already familiar with the defenses in the AFC West from his days with Denver. When it comes time for him to make a play through the air, he would have Bowe at his disposal.

Tebow showed that he could be the ultimate team player in New York last year. It was an absolute mess at the quarterback position, but he still was not given the chance to start.

If Brady Quinn and Thad Lewis were each able to make at least one start last year, Tebow should get a chance to compete for a starting job in the NFL.

The options are limited, but the Kansas City Chiefs would be one of the best landing spots for the quarterback.