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