Breaking Down Tim Tebow's Most Realistic Options at This Point
Despite being one of the most popular athletes in North America, Tim Tebow's having a tough time finding a new home as a quarterback.
There are a number of reasons for this, beginning with the former Florida Gators star's lack of production through the air at the NFL level and ending with the media circus that Tebow's presence brings wherever he goes.
It's a shame, because during his only stint as a starting signal-caller in the NFL, Tebow managed to lead the Broncos on an unexpected run to the second round of the 2011 postseason, but his unconventional style under center made him expendable to Denver once Peyton Manning became available.
Now, after having fallen out of favor with the Broncos, Jets and Patriots, Tebow's chances at being a quarterback in the NFL have taken a couple of big hits, but one has to think that if he's willing to get creative, he's got the potential to have a future as a professional football player.
Going forward, here's a look at the former Heisman Trophy winner's most realistic options at making a future for himself in pro football.
Earlier this month, The Toronto Sun reported that Tim Tebow had rejected offers from the Canadian Football League, as the three-time All-American apparently remains intent on continuing his career in the United States.
But given that the CFL is widely viewed as the second-best football league in the world, if Tebow can't find a job as a quarterback in the NFL, wouldn't it seem logical that he'd resort to playing in Canada instead?
However, the CFL is a pass-happy league, and obviously that won't play to Tebow's strengths as a football player, so even if he does head north of the border, I can't see it doing much for his NFL prospects.
That being said, Tebow's presence alone would bring more attention to the CFL on a global scale, and if he can somehow put together a productive season or two, there's a chance somebody in the NFL would take a chance on him.
Going to Europe
Recently, the Moscow Storm offered the 26-year-old a two-game contract worth $1 million, and not surprisingly, Tebow quickly rejected the proposal (via The Washington Post's Cindy Boren).
Sure, it's more than likely the most lucrative offer Tebow will get at this stage, but as Boren points out, taking the deal would've likely hurt his chances at ever earning another chance in the NFL.
Tebow would have done incalculable damage to his playing career by taking the offer — the moment he is perceived to have lost focus on returning to the NFL is the moment that his NFL career is really over.
Still, if Tebow doesn't drum up any interest from NFL teams within the next year, one has to think that he'd at least consider playing just about anywhere.
But don't count on him resurfacing in Russia.
With little interest from the NFL, save for a devoted group of Jaguars fans, Tebow's best chance at breaking back into the league depends on his willingness to move away from the quarterback position.
Given his size, athleticism and bruising style, many, such as USA Today's Jarrett Bell have suggested that a team give him a look somewhere else on the field.
His chances to stick seemed doomed when the Patriots didn't create another utility role to complement his work in developing as a passer.
That's the only way he could have earned a roster spot. He would have to chip in as an H-back, a fullback, a tight end … something other than a quarterback.
But so far, Tebow's been unwilling to even consider a switch, and remains steadfast in his desire to once again earn a job as a quarterback in the NFL.
Unfortunately, unless his throwing motion improves drastically, or a team finds a suitable role for him in a Wildcat offense, that simply won't happen.
Ultimately, if Tebow wants to return to the NFL, he'll probably have to do so at another offensive position.
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