Tim Tebow Reportedly Won't Be Signed by Rams After Sam Bradford's Injury

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2013

Aug 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow (5) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium.  The New England Patriots won 25-21.  Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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Desperate times often call for desperate measures, but despite the St. Louis Rams' dire straits at quarterback, signing Tim Tebow is reportedly not a direction the organization is ready to go in. 

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams do not intend to sign the maligned signal-caller.

Contrary to speculation, Tim Tebow is not coming to St. Louis.

— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) October 21, 2013

Speculation regarding the Rams' interest in Tebow picked up steam on Sunday as starting quarterback Sam Bradford was forced to leave the team's game against the Carolina Panthers with a knee injury. It certainly looked bad when it initially happened, and the Rams' worst fear was realized as Bradford suffered a torn ACL, which will keep him out for the remainder of the season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Rams QB Sam Bradford tore his ACL. He's out for year...

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013

NFL.com's Michael Silver reported that the Rams had discussed potentially signing Tebow following the injury, but even he admitted that St. Louis following through with the signing was unlikely.

I believe it's unlikely they'll actually sign him. RT @NFL_ATL From @MikeSilver: Rams have discussed signing Tim Tebow. Post to come.

— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 21, 2013

It was an exciting few hours for Tebow supporters as he hasn't received any interest from NFL teams since getting cut by the New England Patriots prior to the season.

Even if the Rams don't sign Tebow, they'll need to bring in a quarterback as Kellen Clemens is currently the only healthy passer on the roster. Clemens stepped in to complete two of his four attempts for 19 yards in relief of Bradford on Sunday, and while he has some starting experience, starting him for the rest of the season is a losing proposition.

In one respect, signing Tebow might have revitalized the fanbase after losing Bradford, and it definitely would have generated some league-wide interest. At the same time, the Rams' offense isn't exactly tailored to a quarterback of Tebow's ilk, so it's hard to imagine him having much success.

Unfortunately for Tebow fans, it doesn't bode well for his NFL future if a team with Clemens and nothing else at the quarterback position is willing to pass on him.

Tebow's goal may still be to play in the NFL again one day, but as the quarterback injuries continue to pile up, it has become blatantly obvious that teams are more comfortable looking elsewhere for hope.

 

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