Tim Tebow: Potential Landing Destinations for Controversial QB in Free Agency

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 23, 2013

Nov 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walks off the field after the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Jets at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated New York 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Jets are reportedly planning to cut ties with Tim Tebow sometime before the free agency period begins in March, according to Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.

If the Jets brass cannot find a willing trade partner for Tebow, the polarizing backup QB is going to hit the market and be free to sign with whichever franchise is interested in his services.

Let’s take a look at some potential suitors in the NFL that should be interested in the young signal-caller’s potential and popularity.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags have done a total 180 on their desire for Tebow over the past month.

In December, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that it was certain the quarterback would be released and signed by his hometown organization, but things changed when new GM David Caldwell came to town.

According to an ESPN report, there is just no interest in 25-year-old QB from the franchise anymore. Jacksonville's official Twitter confirmed that news:

Caldwell: I can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be Jacksonville Jaguar.

— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) January 10, 2013

Regardless, he’s still a good fit for the team and makes a much more intriguing option than incumbent starter Blaine Gabbert.

Tebow is a hero in the area and would sell a ton of tickets and merchandise, which is why it’s not out of the question that the owner forces the team’s hand at some point.


Philadelphia Eagles

Chip Kelly is now installed as the head coach for the Eagles, meaning some drastic personnel changes are likely on the horizon as he prepares to install his fast-paced offense in the NFL for the first time.

One of the main knocks on Kelly’s offense is that the quarterback takes a beating. This means that even if Kelly elects to retain the speedy Michael Vick, there is a high likelihood that the injury-prone veteran will miss some time.

Tebow is a great candidate under center because he’s an absolute tank, taking hits and refusing to wear down.

Considering Kelly utilizes running-based QBs that only need to throw when it’s available, the former Florida star seems like he’d fit right in.


Chicago Bears

The Bears fired Lovie Smith and brought in Marc Trestman, an interesting candidate who spent the past four years coaching in the CFL.

Up north, there simply aren’t elite quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Aaron Rodgers who will wow you with deep strikes and pinpoint accuracy.

Trestman made due as HC of the Montreal Alouettes, winning two Grey Cups with Anthony Calvillo as his primary signal-caller, and Adrian McPherson and Chris Leak backing him up.

The 57-year-old found a way to make it work, and he would likely be able to find a way to incorporate Tebow as a part-time QB.

Jay Cutler is undoubtedly the starter in Chicago, but Tebow would be a nice change of pace and provide a new dimension to the Bears offense.