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Tim Tebow's Lack of Suitors Proves NFL Teams Want to Avoid Circus Atmosphere

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2013

The quarterback carousel around the NFL has been spinning at a rapid rate, sending plenty of field generals to new homes ahead of next season. The fact that Tim Tebow remains with the New York Jets speaks volumes about teams wanting to avoid the circus that comes along with him.

Given the shift toward read-option offenses over the past year, it would appear on the surface that Tebow would still hold some value—at the very least as a backup and potentially as a starter for one of the teams in desperate need of an upgrade at the position.

Yet as other quarterbacks are landing with new teams, Tebow is struggling to garner any interest. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports the Jets are definitely shopping him around the league, but they haven't been able to find an interested general manager.

He states the quarterback's stay in New York is a contributing factor to the lack of interest:

The Jets are shopping Tebow, but they can't find a taker. Obviously, his shortcomings as a passer are a big reason, but the entire New York debacle has tarnished his reputation. It's like he's radioactive and no one wants to get near him, which is what happens when you put a limited, over-hyped quarterback in the biggest media market. Nice guy, though.

More importantly, what other teams learned from Tebow's failed experiment with the Jets is that he's going to cause a media firestorm no matter where he goes. It was the case in Denver and was amplified by the huge New York market.

There's no disputing the final part in that statement about Tebow being a nice guy. A team wouldn't have to worry about character issues or anything in that realm if they added Tebow.

And he still holds value as a quarterback, although he could move around the formation if a coaching staff wanted to get creative. He would definitely give an offensive coordinator some options, especially one operating without a true franchise player under center.

So, it really doesn't make sense that Tebow would be stuck with the Jets without a single escape route, unless you bring the guaranteed media circus into play. That's seemingly enough to offset any potential value he would bring to a team.

From a front-office standpoint, it's understandable. Tebow is a player that is extremely limited as a passer, which caps his upside, and he needs a strong supporting cast around him to succeed at the level he did with the Denver Broncos.

Even if a team thinks he's capable of helping the team in some way, shape or form––there should be at least a few given some of the weak QB depth charts around the NFL––he doesn't come without risk. It's just a different type of risk.

In that respect, the circus atmosphere that surrounds his every step is basically like a character issue. The impact it would have on the team must be considered. His presence could alienate other players on the team, polarize the fanbase and cause an entire season to derail.

Given the limited amount of positives he would be capable of providing, it clearly just isn't worth it for teams to make a move for him. At least not yet, which will force the Jets into some decisions about his status before next season.

Regardless of what they decide, it's crystal clear that Tebow-mania is fading away.

 

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