After being released by the New England Patriots following the 2013 preseason, Tim Tebow professed his thankfulness for the opportunity with the organization but also said he'd remain committed to being an NFL quarterback.
I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
...of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback. 2 Corinthians 12:9: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient...— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 31, 2013
Since none of the 32 teams in the league have called Tebow to play his position of choice through nearly three weeks of the regular season, the former first-round pick has to find a place to play somewhere.
To continue honing his craft in the heat of competition, Tebow can't keep rejecting offers to play outside of the National Football League.
If that trend continues, he'll never get an opportunity, because the nearly universal perception that he isn't a good enough passer to succeed in the NFL won't change if Tebow doesn't show marked progress on the gridiron.
According to RSport.ru, he recently turned down an offer to play for the Moscow Black Storm in Russia. The team's owner, Mikhail Zaltsman, had some harsh words:
Unfortunately agents of Tim Tebow turn down our proposal. I hope that its Tebow's agents’ fault that the contract wasn't signed and Tim couldn't do anything about it.
...If it was his decision - it's very upsetting. And in this case we don't want him in our team anyway. We are looking for the people who pursue their dreams, not the ones who talk about it.
Zaltsman has a point, though. That would not have been an ideal situation given the caliber of competition Tebow would have faced—and since it was only two games for $1 million—but at least he could have tried to showcase his abilities in some fashion.
This is what Tebow has been reduced to at this point. The LA Kiss offered him an Arena Football League contract, where the 50-yard field could definitely help Tebow sharpen his short-range passing skills.
Is Tim Tebow's NFL career over?
Apparently, that three-year offer wasn't good enough for him, even though any substantial improvement would likely result in another shot at the NFL for Tebow after a one-season hiatus.
Tebow has had success at the highest level of professional football, highlighted by a 316-yard passing performance in his Denver Broncos' wild-card playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. That followed a miraculous run to the postseason in 2011, where Tebow helped drive the league's No. 1 rushing attack.
The arguments in favor of Tebow are well documented, and that's probably the best one.
But the bottom line is, no one is giving the 26-year-old a shot to play his desired position. Even his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars—the worst team in the NFL—refuse to give him a shot, and fans aren't even seriously rallying for him:
Whoa. There's a ton of people. https://t.co/mpqvg9TLDk— Tim Duval (@MadeByTim) September 16, 2013
Tebow doesn't seem willing to change positions, but that wouldn't be guaranteed to work anyway.
The man can work out all he wants and wait for a call from the NFL—it just wouldn't be the best move for him in terms of thriving as a signal-caller.
If Tebow really wants to make it back to the top league on the planet, he has to play in a lower-tier league, gain some passing skills and prove himself to be better than his career 47.9 completion percentage suggests.