Tim Tebow: Teams That Should Be Looking to Add Polarizing QB

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 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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The Tim Tebow experiment yielded less than desirable results with the New York Jets, but that doesn't mean he can't make an impact elsewhere in the NFL. There are still teams out there that could use the polarizing quarterback. 

Tebow ended up being more of a distraction and sideshow than a quarterback with the highly dysfunctional Jets franchise. Despite Mark Sanchez's epic struggles, the quarterback was never given a real chance at the starting position and only attempted eight passes on the season. 

Detractors of Tebow will claim that his treatment in New York was a sign of his ineptitude as a passer. However, the fact remains that he had a 2-1 touchdown to interception ratio and a playoff victory as the Denver Broncos starting quarterback in 2011.

So where does Tebow go from here?

It's not a lock that he leaves New York this offseason, but teams interested in acquiring him wouldn't need to offer too much to get New York to trade him away. These teams should be calling the Jets to see what it would take to bring Tebow into the fold. 


Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville has been a logical landing place for Tebow since the Broncos announced their intentions to trade the quarterback last offseason. 

Tebow is a legend in Florida from his days as the starting quarterback at the University of Florida. Ticket sales would instantly spike if he were to take his talents to the Sunshine State. 

Beyond the business side of things, Tebow could actually be a good fit for the team. General manager David Caldwell told the Orlando Sentinel that he couldn't envision a scenario in which Tebow is a Jaguar, but Jaguars owner Shad Khan would like the front office to consider bringing him in. 

Tebow was successful in Denver with a read-option heavy offense. The Jaguars have the tools to replicate that offensive style. A ground-and-pound approach with Tebow and Maurice Jones-Drew would certainly be an improvement from last season's team. 


Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals offensive line was awful last season, but bringing in a quarterback to compete with the current starters isn't a bad idea. 

When new head coach Bruce Arians addressed the media about the quarterback position, he talked about quarterbacks with intangibles. It's hard to deny it sounded an awful lot like the factors Tebow brings to the table (h/t AZCentral.com). 

That’s the grit. When they step in the huddle, the other 10 guys, whatever comes out of his mouth, they believe it’s going to work. That doesn’t mean he’s the most talented player in the world, but he has that leadership, grit, that he’s going to do whatever it takes for his football team. It means he’s tough as nails and guys will follow him into a fire. That’s what you’re looking for. That’s grit.

If Arians is looking for grit, that's one thing Tebow has in abundance. The tough-running quarterback would also help add some punch to a mostly benign rushing attack. 


Oakland Raiders

Tebow makes some sense as an intriguing option to compete with Terrelle Pryor for the backup quarterback position behind Carson Palmer. 

The Raiders got to see Tebow up close and in person when he led the Broncos to a victory over Oakland in 2011. He ran for over 100 yards and threw two touchdown passes to beat the Silver and Black 38-24.

The Raiders owe Palmer $15.3 million next year if he remains on the team, so he could be a prime candidate to be cut before free agency begins. If the Raiders decide to go in that direction, Tebow would have the opportunity to compete for the starting job—an opportunity he never had in New York. 

Raiders-Broncos games would be highly intriguing with Tebow as the starting quarterback in Oakland.