Did Tim Tebow Lose His Last Shot to be an NFL Starter?
This time last year, Tim Tebow was the talk of the NFL. He led the Broncos to an improbable AFC West title and an even more improbable Wild Card win over the Steelers.
A humbling loss to the Patriots in the Divisional round began Tebow’s quick descent into football irrelevance.
After a short but intense courtship, Peyton Manning chose Denver as his destination for 2012. John Elway knew Manning was the only quarterback on the planet who would get fans in Denver to forget about Tebow.
Before the ink could dry on Peyton Manning’s contract, Tebow had two suitors. The hometown Jaguars and the ‘Ringling Bros. and Ryan and Tannenbaum’ circus in New York both showed interest in the former Heisman winner.
Tebow chose the Jets, thinking he would have a better chance to beat out Mark Sanchez than Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Despite the familiar “Tebow…..Tebow” chants that rang out at every Jets home game, Rex Ryan wouldn’t cave to the fans’ desires the way John Fox had a year earlier.
Tebow’s lost year in New York has nearly reached its end. The 25 year old will be released by the Jets sometime in the near future.
Jacksonville seemed like the final resort for Tebow. The prodigal son returning home may not deliver a Super Bowl to North Florida, but he would sell tickets and ensure the franchise doesn’t move elsewhere.
Today, new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell put an apparent end to that chatter. At his introductory press conference today, Caldwell told the assembled media:
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released.”
If Tebow doesn’t land on an NFL roster in 2013, he should go the CFL to develop his skill set.