Despite the fact that Tebow had a record of 7-4 as the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2011—including an overtime victory over the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs—there isn't a single team in the league interested in signing him.
Not as a backup quarterback, not as a third-string quarterback or any other position he could potentially play in the NFL.
There's zero interest in Tebow right now (besides an offer to coach in the Lingerie League).
Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver is starting to wonder if the quarterback is being blackballed by the NFL because of Tebowmania: "Against all odds, I'm starting to wonder whether the man who helped the Denver Broncos become one of the league's most stunning success stories in 2011 is getting unjustly blackballed."
Silver isn't basing his opinion on pure speculation, either. He's spoken to NFL coaches who simply don't want to deal with the mania surrounding Tebow:
"He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I'd be tempted to bring him in as our backup," one NFC head coach told me Wednesday. "But it's just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it."
Or, in the words of one AFC head coach to whom I spoke recently: "You don't want to put up with the circus."
This is something that's easy to understand. Right now, Tebowmania is a plague that can cripple an NFL franchise, as the New York Jets discovered last season.
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Tebowmania would be a good thing if Tebow were still a starting quarterback. What team wouldn't love to have the face of its franchise be such a huge media draw?
But Tebow isn't a starter any more.
Teams just don't want to bring in a backup quarterback who is more of a media draw than any other player on the team—including the starting quarterback, who is usually the face of the franchise. This is a topic I've covered in the past when the Jets were in the midst of attempting to trade Tebow.
At this point, the only recourse Tebow has at his disposal to counter Tebowmania is by shutting down the machine.
He needs to simply refuse to engage the mob, and by doing so, gradually the circus that surrounds him on a constant basis will diffuse.
Granted, ESPN will surely spend a couple of months analyzing such a move ad nauseam. That said, if Tebow maintains an unbreakable wall of silence and refuses to engage, then the media will gradually back off and realize covering him is a waste of time and money.
Convincing an NFL team he's up to the task might be difficult, but it's the best chance he has of getting another chance in this league.
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