Tim Tebow Reportedly Received an Inquiry About Changing Positions from NFL Team

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 29: Tim Tebow #5 of the New England Patriots evades a tackle and runs with the ball past Adewale Ojomo #71 of the New York Giants during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Those NFL fans who have grown tired of the Tim Tebow circus likely breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday when the New England Patriots released the former Florida star.

After all, if the mighty Bill Belichick could not find a use for Tebow, how could he possibly have a future in the National Football League?

The answer, of course, is at another position.

During NBC's NFL Kickoff 2013 pregame show, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported that Tebow received an "inquiry" from an undisclosed team this week about playing a different position. According to King, Tebow declined (via Rotoworld's Evan Silva):

As reported by Pro Football Talk, it seems that Tebow is determined to make it in the NFL as a quarterback, no matter how much the odds appear to be stacked against him—and they appear to be stacked pretty high.

Three of the league's venerable franchises (the Broncos, Jets and Patriots) have given up on Tebow as a quarterback over the past year-and-a-half. After witnessing Tebow struggle with the Patriots this preseason (11-of-30 for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions), it is fairly easy to see why.

While Tebow does have a flair for late-game dramatics, he is inconsistent as a passer, shown by his 47.9 career completion percentage:

  CompAtt Pct  Yds Avg TDInt  Rate
 2012 New York Jets 6 75.0 39 4.9 0 0 84.9
 2011 Denver Broncos 126 271 46.5 1,729 6.4 12 6 72.9
 2010 Denver Broncos 41 82 50.0 654 8.0 5 3 82.1
 Career Total 173 361 47.9 2,422 6.7 17 9 75.3


However, this does not mean Tebow cannot have value to an organization in a different role (and I'm not talking about being a personal punt protector).

There were rumblings about Tebow as a tight end when he first landed with the Patriots, though it would likely require a lengthy transition period.

It would make more sense for Tebow to find a home in a team's backfield, either as a tough change-of-pace runner or as a versatile fullback.

At 6'3" and 236 pounds, he certainly has the size for this type of role. If you've watched him punish his way to his career average of five yards per carry, you probably believe he has the physicality to thrive in it as well.

Of course, this can only happen if Tebow is willing to swallow his pride enough to take a step out of the spotlight and into a diminished role, so don't expect it to happen in the near future.

However, once he finally realizes he is out of chances to be an NFL signal-caller, he may be willing to put pride on the back burner in the pursuit of a continued pro career.

So if you're sick of hearing about the polarizing Tebow, sorry about your luck. NFL teams are clearly still interested in him, and as long as there remains an interest, we're still going to be talking about Tebow.