After the New York Jets released Tim Tebow on Monday (per Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com) and the Internet caught on fire, the dust settled a bit and rumors began popping up about where Tebow could end up, or not end up.
The polarizing quarterback/running back/tight end/fullback/whatever-you-want-to-call-him was all of a sudden out of a job and searching for a franchise that would give him a chance.
Early signs were not good.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Bears were not interested. It could have been a possibility given Tebow's history with head coach Marc Trestman and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and the fact that the Bears need a backup to Jay Cutler.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reported:
"All indications are the 49ers have no desire to bring Tebow -- and everything that comes with Tebow -- to an organization that is focused on a return to the Super Bowl in the upcoming season."
That was despite the 49ers recently signing an Olympic discus thrower who doesn't have any football experience.
It makes sense, though. The last thing the title-contending 49ers need is a distraction, or the distractions that follow Tebow around. It also doesn't make sense from a numbers standpoint, given San Francisco currently has four quarterbacks on the roster.
Perhaps what was keeping teams away was the fact that Tebow refused to play tight end, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Schefter tweeted on Monday:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Jets had granted Tim Tebow permission this off-season to seek a trade. More than one team asked if were willing to play TE, but he was not.2013-4-29 13:12:25
Then again, given Tebow's prospects, he may want to reconsider that stance. According to Jay Busbee of Yahoo! Sports, it's gotten so bad that Legends Football League president Mitchell Mortaza reportedly contacted Tebow's agent, Jimmy Sexton, to see if Tebow was interested in being the national Quarterbacks Coach.
There's a difference between being stubborn and talking yourself out of a potential job, and Tebow may have crossed that line with his comments about refusing to play tight end.
The reality is, few NFL teams—if any—see Tebow as a legitimate pro quarterback. But if he agrees to play anywhere on the field—like Michigan's Denard Robinson did before the 2013 draft—he has a shot at landing on a team.
The sooner he realizes this, the better for him.