The Tim Tebow saga shows no signs of slowing down.
The New England Patriots may have given Tebow the boot recently, but Tebowmania is more than an American craze—it's an international one as well.
As bleak as it seems right now, Tebow may still have an NFL future. In the meantime, other leagues have inquired about his services. The LA KISS of the Arena Football League has offered Tebow a contract, but it appears the polarizing quarterback has his sights set on an international offer.
Earlier this week, the Moscow Black Storm offered Tebow a contract worth $1 million to participate in two games. Apparently Tebow likes the offer and negotiations are still underway, per a report from ITAR-TASS, which has a quote from Dmitry Popkov, the president of the Black Storm (translation courtesy Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports):
[N]ot 100 percent sure whether Tim [will] visit Russia. Negotiations are still underway. First we offered him a certain amount, then this amount increased. It will be clear after September 20 whether Tebow will come here. Our owner is in talks with managers and agents of this player. The funds have already been transferred -- the ball is in Tim Tebow's court now.
So there you have it—Tebow's international football (not that one) fate will be decided on Friday, according to Popkov.
One problem: Tebow's making a huge mistake if he goes to Moscow.
The report even goes on to state that Tebow didn't know American football existed in Russia and he has no interest in furthering the sport. So what gives? It's not as if Tebow is hurting for cash; being selected in the first round in 2010 allowed him to sign a deal worth over $11 million, including $8.7 million guaranteed.
What Tebow and his camp need to understand is an NFL future may still be in the cards. Obviously, this isn't happening right away, but crazier things happen in the NFL. Tebow went unclaimed on waivers after being released, but injuries occur and Tebow could end up in the league again as a backup at the very least.
Tebow's NFL career has been marred by a horrible throwing motion and a skill set simply not suited for the NFL, as he's never completed over 50 percent of his passes. According to John Otano of Sports Illustrated, citing Peter King on NBC’s 2013 NFL Kickoff, Tebow turned down an offer from an NFL team that asked him to change positions.
As easy as it is to bash Tebow for not giving up on his quarterback dream in the NFL, it's not a simple task to suddenly change positions at a professional level, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller illustrates:
Tim Tebow doesn't want to change positions? Good. Moving to TE (or another spot) isn't that simple. Nothing suggests he could do it.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 5, 2013
What Tebow needs now is credibility to re-enter the NFL. He won't find it in Russia. NFL teams will view Tebow's progress in the Arena League or even Canadian Football League as somewhat legitimate tape, with those leagues mostly acting as the minors for the NFL.
Eventually an NFL team will come calling. Tebow is still young, and while he brings along an international spotlight (which may not be a bad thing for some franchises in need of selling jerseys and tickets), there's still an allure of potential.
Will Tim Tebow play in the NFL this year?
If veterans with perceived horrific attitudes over the age of 30 such as Chad Johnson, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens can get second and third chances in the NFL, a young Tebow who may be just as ineffective on the field but bring in revenue and provide a positive influence on a locker room is going to get another shot at some point.
While Tebow's time with New England seemed like Bill Belichick was doing a favor for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (who brought Tebow into the league with Denver), another team will eventually cave and scoop him up.
All Tebow needs to do is stay close to home with a credible organization and continue to work on his game. Whether Tebow will ever be a viable NFL player is another conversation entirely, but Tebow needs to remain focused on the pursuit of the dream rather than become a laughable sideshow in Russia.
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