Upon being released by the New England Patriots in late August, the much-maligned superstar stated his desire to remain a quarterback in the NFL. The chances of that happening—heading into Week 6 of the 2013 campaign—aren’t realistic, but Tebow could start taking the proper steps toward another chance.
Let’s take a look at where Tebow could wind up in the near future and highlight his best options at this point in time.
Try the “Minor” Leagues
Much like a baseball player who is down on his luck, Tebow could pick himself back up and build confidence in football’s version of the minors. Whether he moves to Canada or takes his game to an arena, there are a multitude of leagues that would gladly take in the 26-year-old and give him a chance to star.
While Tebow has been an unwanted distraction in the NFL and brings a media circus wherever he goes, it’s hard to imagine many of the small-market organizations that make up these less-popular leagues turning down the attention that the former Florida Gator generates.
Plus, Tebow’s word-class athleticism would stand out against lesser opponents that the rosters in these leagues are comprised of. His strengths would be highlighted, and his flaws would be hidden, an important factor when considering that NFL scouts will regularly attend the games.
Make a Positional Change
Tebow may not want to move to tight end, fullback or H-back, but the reality is he has a body that would allow him to be one of the game’s best.
At 6’3”, 236 pounds and in possession of immense strength, mobility and power, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner would be a unique asset if he could learn to pass protect, run block and catch the football at a high level.
His usage rates wouldn’t be as high as they would be under center, but Tebow could make an impact in all aspects of the game and garner a ton of touches if he willingly adopts and commits to a change of position.
Hang Around Jacksonville
The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars are one of the worst football teams in the history of the NFL, and it wouldn’t be a terrible idea for the club to roll the dice on Tebow.
Fans of the hometown star have taken to flying signs over EverBank Field during games and employing various other methods to try and convince the team brass that the quarterback is worth a shot.
Given that Jacksonville is currently 0-5 and heading to Denver to play the Broncos as a historically inept 28-point underdog, it’s hard to see a scenario in which the team could get worse by adding Tebow.
Ownership may not be excited about the prospect of Tebow under center, but at this point in the season, there’s no reason not to give the young man a chance to turn the floundering club around.