Tim Tebow: Teams That Desperately Need Polarizing QB's Leadership

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IFebruary 18, 2013

Will Tim Tebow get another starting opportunity?
Will Tim Tebow get another starting opportunity?David Welker/Getty Images

Tim Tebow still deserves an opportunity to utilize his talents in the NFL. Fortunately, the 2013 offseason presents an intriguing situation for the polarizing quarterback.

First, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com in early February:

The New York Jets do not plan to release quarterback Tim Tebow before the start of the new league year in March and instead will hold on to him with the hopes that they can trade him, according to league sources.

But there is not expected to be much interest. In fact, one NFL general manager said this week: "I think his career is over without playing another position."

Secondly, the 2013 NFL draft doesn't offer the pool of depth at the quarterback position like it did in 2012. Factor in the shallow free-agent market for quarterbacks and Tebow will become more appealing.

The Jets also cannot expect to get much in return for Tebow should a trade occur, because the guy still must develop passing mechanics and better pre-snap reads. In addition, Tebow's contract will steer some potential suitors away.

That said, there are teams in dire need of help not only at quarterback but also in the leadership department. And Tebow isn't that bad of an option with all the aforementioned factors considered.


Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars aren't expected to make a move to acquire Tebow. Per the Associated Press via Fox Sports in early January:

New general manager David Caldwell nixed that idea at his introductory news conference.

''I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar - even if he's released,'' Caldwell said.

However, just because Jacksonville doesn't plan on acquiring Tebow doesn't mean he is not a good fit; in fact, he'd be a great fit.

Jacksonville barely got anything from Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in 2012, so don't anticipate a colossal turnaround next season. Even if the Jaguars go with a quarterback in Round 1 of the draft, that'll simply set the franchise back even further.

Gabbert was taken 10th overall (after the team traded up for him) and look how that has panned out thus far.

As for Tebow, the Jets wouldn't need to give up anything more than a fifth- or sixth-round selection. Tebow's mobility alone would benefit running back Maurice Jones-Drew, as well as Jacksonville's quick receivers.

Not to mention the AFC South isn't a defensively dominant division and he would be a distinct competitive advantage.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland may not appear to be a good fit at first glance, but according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports earlier in February, the Raiders make sense because of quarterback Carson Palmer's contract situation:

There is no way Oakland is going to pay him that kind of money to stay, sources said, and [Carson] Palmer will have to decide how much cash he's willing to walk away from to stay.

Other quarterbacks for the Raiders are Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor.

For as much potential as we can believe Pryor possesses, that's difficult to match the impact of what Tebow has already established. As for Leinart, he minimally developed with every given opportunity before Oakland and is a career backup at this point.

Plus, Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times isn't optimistic about Leinart returning to the Silver and Black:

Tebow doesn't need to be the every-snap quarterback for Oakland, but the Raiders could utilize him more than New York. With an excellent running back in Darren McFadden, defenses would have to honor the traditional and unorthodox ground game.

Plus, the Raiders provide some fast receiving targets for whom Tebow's strong arm would allow playmaking opportunities. He's obviously not the best of options for Oakland to make a postseason run, but Tebow's not the worst either.


Arizona Cardinals

Arizona really needs to bolster its quarterback play for a chance to compete in the NFC West.

Mike Florio of NBC Sports believes Tebow would benefit the Cardinals. In a video from Pro Football Talk via ArizonaSports.com, Florio stated:

"They want Kevin Kolb to stick around but I think they have to look elsewhere," Florio said. "I actually heard at one point, that maybe, the Arizona Cardinals would be interested in Tim Tebow, that was last year."

"We'll see what happens this year, whether he's in the mix," said Florio. "But I'll tell you Tim Tebow is better than any of the guys they have on their roster.

I have to agree with Florio here, because Arizona's quarterbacks were sacked a combined 58 times last season and tossed a mere 11 touchdowns to 21 picks. Part of that is due to a lackluster offensive line and ground game.

But the quarterback's inability to read pre-snap, make quick decisions and feel the pass rush must also be held accountable. Arizona presents a solid group of receiving targets to any defense; however, Larry Fitzgerald and Co. can't produce without a quarterback capable of giving them opportunities to make plays.

Tebow has the strength, mobility and instincts to enhance the offense, while the rushing threat also keeps a front seven occupied. In the defensively tough NFC West, a mobile quarterback is proving to be a great convenience.