New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in professional sports, but after being misused by the Gang Green coaching staff, he will likely be finding a new home this offseason.
There are 31 other organizations in the league that would have little-to-no risk involved with signing a talented athlete like Tebow, and with his willingness to work hard, at least one team will feel it can salvage the former Heisman winner's career.
All of the following teams have the coaching staffs and personnel to make signing Tebow work.
San Francisco 49ers
After watching the success San Francisco 49ers second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick had after taking over for the injured Alex Smith last season, it’s clear that the pistol offense works for some teams.
The problem is that very few quarterbacks in the NFL can run an offense like that. If the 49ers are looking for a viable backup that could step in when needed, though, Tebow has the talent to be that kind of player.
There are still serious questions about Tebow’s accuracy, but with proper training under the San Francisco coaching staff, there is no doubt that the former first-round pick could become a reliable backup QB for the 49ers.
Tebow already has the ability to elude tacklers, so whether they're using him as a backup QB or a tight end or fullback, the 49ers are the type of franchise that would be able to salvage his career.
Another team that runs an offense predicated on the mobility of the quarterback is the Seattle Seahawks, and with the magic Pete Carroll made with rookie Russell Wilson, Tebow would be a perfect fit as a backup.
Not only does the team need a viable backup now that Matt Flynn was traded to the Oakland Raiders, but the fact that Carroll has advocated for leadership and hard work since joining the franchise should also signal that Tebow is his kind of player.
Tebow would have a chance to learn as the backup behind Wilson, and as long as he is willing to contribute in other aspects of the game (i.e. special teams, rushing attack, etc.), this would be a natural fit for him.
The 12th man would love Tebow’s effort.
The Miami Dolphins have had a wild offseason—they lost running back Reggie Bush via free agency but managed to sign wide receiver Mike Wallace—but the addition of Tim Tebow would be an inexpensive way to lock up a backup QB and bolster the rushing attack.
Miami will lean heavily on third-year running back Daniel Thomas this season, and while Ryan Tannehill has some mobility, there will be times when Tebow could be substituted in to run the same wildcat offense the Dolphins used with Ronnie Brown.
While Matt Moore may be the team’s current backup, Tebow has far more upside as an athlete.
The questions about how technically sound he is at quarterback would become an issue if the Dolphins don’t have the proper coaching staff in place, but if the franchise wants to make a splash, adding Tebow would be a great move for the team and for the QB’s career.