Tim Tebow's Return to the NFL Must Come with a Position Change
After the New England Patriots—one of the very few teams that showed interest in Tebow after he was cut by the New York Jets in April—became the second team in four months to release the most polarizing player in the NFL, he hit waivers.
On Monday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed that the interest had completely dried up:
It's official: Tim Tebow is a free agent. Unclaimed on waivers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2013
Tebow remains adamant about returning to the NFL as a quarterback. That showcases his impressive resolve and determination, but none of that matters when no team wants him as a QB.
The idea of going to the Canadian Football League has been tossed around, most notably by premier quarterback coach (and one of Tebow's tutors) Steve Clarkson, who told USA Today's Jim Corbett, "Tim might want to look to the CFL because he may have run out of options in the NFL."
Unfortunately, there aren't many options in the CFL, either.
One of Clarkson's main points was that sitting isn't an option for the "ultra-competitive" Tebow, and while that may be true, he may just end up riding the pine in Canada, too.
The Montreal Alouettes own Tebow's rights if he chooses to move north, and general manager/interim head coach Jim Popp doesn't exactly sound sold on the quarterback's ability, via The Canadian Press' Dan Ralph:
And Montreal isn't waiting on Tebow. The Alouettes have four quarterbacks, including injured starter Anthony Calvillo (concussion) and Popp said if they decide to add a fifth with the intention of grooming him for the 2014 campaign, it wouldn't be a name player like Tebow.
"I don't think they (Tebow camp) would be ready to do that," Popp said. "But if they are . . . I'm sure they'll call us."
To make matters worse, the CFL's field is 35 feet wider than the NFL's, 12 defenders are on the field at a time, and you only get three downs, all factors that necessitate a quarterback being accurate.
What should Tebow do next?
Tebow, who has completed 47.9 percent of his career NFL passes and is coming off of a preseason in which he went an anemic 11-of-30 (36.7 percent), has never been mistaken for a guy with accuracy or ideal mechanics when throwing the ball.
Throw it all together, and it would be slightly shocking to see Tebow make the move to Canada.
And with options running extremely thin, it's time to experiment with a position change.
Tebow may have his faults, but it's really difficult to criticize his strength, athleticism, talent or football intelligence. He has always been most dangerous carrying the ball, and a move to either fullback or tight end would serve him well.
Which brings us to Tebow's work ethic and drive, which are both relentless. If there's anyone who can make a position change in the middle of their career, it's the determined and dogged Tebow.
Most teams would love to find a way to put him on their roster. He's an ideal teammate inside the locker room, has all kinds of fiery, unadulterated passion and Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently said, via CBS Sports' Will Brinson, he "very much wanted (Tebow) on the team."
Unfortunately, his inability to contribute consistently on the gridiron as a quarterback makes it difficult for teams to reserve a roster spot for him.
With a move to tight end, however, where Tebow could combine those perfect off-the-field characteristics with production on the field, NFL teams would come calling in a heartbeat.
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