Is Tim Tebow’s NFL Career Over With Release?
Tim Tebow just got cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ll pause for the tears.
Eagles released QB Tim Tebow, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2015
It’s not all that shocking when you think about it, although the trading of Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals did convince most that the Eagles had made their decision to keep Tebow as their third quarterback. Instead, they decided to go with just two, as Mark Sanchez will back up Sam Bradford.
This could very well be the end of the road for Tebow, but after actually looking pretty good in his last preseason game, it’s not totally crazy to think another NFL team could express interest. Tebow has long said he’d only play quarterback, but injuries could stir the pot, or some team out there could like what they saw this month.
Then again, one quick glance across NFL depth charts screams two things pretty loudly: more teams are rostering just two quarterbacks and a lot of the top backups in the NFL are pretty good.
More importantly, on the surface, they’re almost all better than Tebow. Tebow is a gifted runner, that can’t be argued. He’s strong and powerful, has some agility and elusivness, and even a little speed. With his size and toughness, he just might make a great fullback or tight end. He doesn’t want to make a position change, however, so we’re stuck trying to figure out where he could find a job in the NFL.
Color me stumped.
The only teams that remotely make sense either have their backup quarterback in place or wouldn’t bring Tebow in to trump a different project player at the position.
For example, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both have dual threat quarterbacks. It would be nice to have similar options behind them to come in, in the event guys like Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson go down. The thing is, they do. Tarvaris Jackson is a fine athlete and a pretty darn good backup, and he is behind Wilson, while Blaine Gabbert is a solid athlete who works behind Kap.
You can cross those two teams off the list. In fact, the only teams that make sense from a talent perspective are the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills.
All of them may be a stretch, too. The Packers like Scott Tolzien a good deal and have a very interesting project in Brett Hundley at third string. Detroit seems to love Dan Orlovsky and after cutting Kellen Moore, clearly doesn’t want another quarterback. Arizona is a mess after Carson Palmer, but after just trading for Matt Barkley, it’s pretty unlikely they bring in ol’ Teebs. Ryan Nassib is all that is behind Eli Manning, but he still has upside and the Giants sem to like him. Cleveland is still trying to see what they have in Johnny Manziel and they of all teams don’t need the distraction, while all the Falcons have behind Matt Ryan is something called a Sean Renfree. They’re high on him, though, and they already cut all of their other quarterbacks.
Realistically, and for shaky reasons, the only teams that make any kind of sense are the Raiders and Cowboys. Oakland is always interested in dipping their toe into the crazy pool, while Dallas owner Jerry Jones can’t be ruled out of anything involving a polarizing player. He wanted to draft Johnny Football, after all, and did sign Greg Hardy.
The odds, unfortunately, are not in Tim Tebow’s favor of ever playing a significant snap in the NFL again. Or even making a final roster. It’s possible someone gets hurt and Tebow is brought in at some point this year, but two years had gone by without that happening after the last time he was cut. Tebow did show improvement this summer and it’s not foolish to think in the right situation he could find some success. It just doesn’t look like we’ll get to see it play out.
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