Tim Tebow's days as an NFL quarterback are probably over. They died on the New York Jets' sidelines, slowly withering away as Rex Ryan staunchly refused to start him even as Mark Sanchez butt-fumbled the team's playoff hopes away.
But that doesn't mean his days as an NFL player have to be over. Far from it, in fact.
Some of you may be holding onto the hope that Tebow can earn a starting gig, somehow fix his lack of accuracy and eventually become an NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion and probably Nobel Peace Prize winner, just for the heck of it.
The thing is, Tebow might not even be on an NFL roster this year.
Chris Strauss of USA Today wrote an excellent piece on the matter, noting several reasons why Tebow may be without a job. Namely, it's obvious the Jets have no use for him, and other teams don't want to deal with the circus that follows Tebow into town and offensive coordinators don't want to add a separate section to the playbook for the backup quarterback.
It's hard to argue with Strauss' logic. Besides, if a team really thought Tebow could be a franchise quarterback or could even be a decent backup, don't you think someone would have offered a late-round pick for him by now?
But what if Tebow dedicated himself to being a fullback or tight end? While the latter would be a pretty major adjustment, we've all seen Tebow as a runner—the man is a beast. You can't tell me he couldn't make a team as a short-yardage back or even eventually as a fullback.
Sure, Tebow wants to be a quarterback. Yes, the topic of Tebow switching positions has already been broached. But he's also never been faced with the possibility that he may not find a team, and if the Jets can't trade him, they'll most certainly cut him with Mark Sanchez and David Garrard on roster.
After all, the team is likely to look for a quarterback somewhere in the draft. It's obvious Sanchez isn't the future of this franchise, and having Tebow on the roster virtually guarantees a vocal contingency of Jets' fans that will scream for Tebow to be given a chance.
It may be far from his doing, but Tebow is a distraction as a backup quarterback.
But if he was a fullback or tight end, the aura would fade. We could finally all stop talking about him unless he actually, you know, did something of note on the field. Wouldn't that be nice?
It's time for Tebow to consider making a positional change. His NFL future may very well depend on it.