Dallas Cowboys: Should the Cowboys Sign Tim Tebow If He's Released?

Jason Henry@thenprojectCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gators and New York Jet Tim Tebow is interviewed prior to the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Laugh if you want about all of the Tim Tebow talk, but it may not be such a bad idea for Tebow to head to Dallas. As the Jets get ready to jettison the controversial quarterback, there are plenty of pundits lining up to place Tebow on a team.

Notice that I did not say that teams are lining up for Tebow. There was talk of Tebow taking off to Jacksonville, but the team shot that report down.

Then the chatter shifted to the Eagles, but Philly's new head coach Chip Kelly said in 2011 that his teams aren’t Tim Tebow friendly.

Now Tebow is said to be on the Arizona Cardinals radar. Why? Wait for it—because he is working out near Glendale.

Granted, the Cardinals are in dire need of a quarterback. But will newly named head coach Bruce Arians want to entrust his offense to Tebow?

There are still so many questions to be answered about a quarterback who technically still has a team and is not yet a free agent.

The New York Jets are expected to release Tebow soon, which will give him a chance to sign with any team he so chooses.

With the NFL moving toward mobile, athletic, option type quarterbacks, should the Cowboys show interest in signing Tebow?

That answer is not an easy one, but the Cowboys should at least consider it.

In the NFC East, there are two teams with quarterbacks who can run the pistol offense and zone-read formation with ease. The Dallas Cowboys are not one of those teams.

Delving a bit deeper into adding an option type quarterback, take a look at San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The current starter of the Niners set an NFL-record against the Packers in last weekend’s divisional playoff round.

He rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

I’m not saying that Tebow is as agile as Kaepernick, but he can run the same type of offense.

Just take a look at Tebow’s stats when he was the full time starter in Denver. In 2011 when he led the Broncos to the playoffs, Tebow rushed for 660 yards and six touchdowns. He had six games where he rushed for 60 yards or more and one with over 100.

The Broncos even ran Tebow 22 times in one contest.


How He Fits In Dallas

Tebow would not be the full-time starter in Dallas. He’s not that great of a passing threat, but he can do enough with his arm to at least keep the defense at bay.

To add another wrinkle to the Cowboys offense, Tebow would run some third-down situations from the pistol.

The Redskins and Robert Griffin III lived out of the pistol last season, and they made it to the playoffs. For the Cowboys, Tebow would be used to keep drives alive, as a change of pace, and maybe just as a guy who can get you tough yards.

Are you still not on board?

In 2011, Tebow rushed for 101 yards when faced with third or fourth down and between three to eight yards to go. He did this at a clip of almost five yards per carry, toting one rush for 58 yards.

Think about it like this. Just a few years ago, NFL teams were wild about the wildcat. Some teams drafted players specifically to run that style of offense, and for some it worked.

Former Miami Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown made his living from the wildcat, before NFL teams finally adapted to it.

The same would go for Tebow in Dallas. He is not the future of the Cowboys offense and would only stay in Dallas as long as the offense is productive.

NFL teams eventually catch on to everything, so the pistol formation will eventually be phased out, because defenses will get hip to it. Until that time comes, Tebow is a loaded weapon sitting on the shelf.



The Cowboys have always had a deficiency in leadership. At least from the outside looking in, they have.

Players like Tony Romo, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware and other veteran Cowboys aren’t seen as vocal leaders in the Cowboys locker room. 

Tim Tebow would be that guy for Dallas.

I’m not one to believe that Tebow is a magic bean that, if watered, will sprout wins in Dallas by way of his presence. He is a great guy with awesome athletic ability. Tebow is also a fantastic motivational speaker on the field, a la Ray Lewis.

His passion and zeal for the game of football seems to rub off on his teammates, and the Cowboys could use a little of that.

In the end, I do not think that team owner Jerry Jones will ever consider signing Tebow. Dallas is not in need of a back-up quarterback and Jones doesn’t seem to be one for gimmicks. He can sell tickets to his stadium without the help of Tebow.

But if Jones wants to add another dimension to his offense, one that is currently working in the NFL and has the potential of adding a win or two for his team in 2013, he should take another look at Tebow.

If the Cowboys would have beaten the Falcons and Ravens, they would have beat out the Redskins for a playoff spot. Couldn’t the team use that type of potential assistance?

Tebow will come cheap, won’t make any waves, and will do whatever he is asked to do in any capacity.

The Dallas Cowboys need a player like him. They need Tim Tebow.


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