What’s Next for Tim Tebow?

Jets QB Tim Tebow completed just six passes for 39 yards and had 102 rushing yards in 2012. (Image Source: USA Today)

Jets QB Tim Tebow completed just six passes for 39 yards and had 102 rushing yards in 2012. (Image Source: USA Today)

By now, everybody has heard of Tim Tebow. Whether you’ve heard about his dynamic playmaking in college at the University of Florida, his strong Christian faith, or his recent saga with the New York Jets, you’ve heard about Tim Tebow. On Monday, the New York Jets announced they had released Tebow after just one season in New York. So that begs the obvious question: What’s next for Tebow?

Chances are, he won’t be a starting quarterback anywhere in the NFL next year. From the time he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, scouts and  analysts alike doubted he could be a successful pocket-passing quarterback in the NFL. He went 1-2 in 3 starts his rookie season, but impressed many in the NFL community with his 2011 season. He went 7-4 as a starter, throwing for 1729 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also running for 660 yards and 6 touchdowns. He had four come-from-behind victories in 2011, and led the Broncos to a playoff victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers by throwing an 80 yard touchdown on the first play of overtime.

Tebow was traded to the New York Jets in 2012 after Denver signed QB Peyton Manning. Tebow played sparingly, mostly in a wildcat formation or as a short-yardage fullback. He threw just eight passes, and rushed the ball 32 times for the 4-12 Jets. Many fans and writers criticized the Jets for continuing to start the struggling Mark Sanchez at quarterback in place of Tebow. Tebow made $2.1 million in 2012 for the Jets.

So now what happens to Tebow? Chances are, he will not be a quarterback next year. Multiple NFL teams contacted Tebow’s agent about signing Tebow as a tight end or fullback, but Tebow has insisted he will remain a QB. One team that had expressed interest in Tebow was the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tebow, who grew up in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, would greatly improve jersey sales and attendance for the Jaguars (who have had one of the lowest NFL attendances in the past 10 years). The Jaguars would be wise to sign Tebow and boost revenues, but Jaguars owner Shahid Khan has denied any interest in Tebow. “The Jacksonville Jaguars’ plans do not include Tim Tebow” Khan said in a team statement.

Another option for Tebow is the Canadian Football League. The CFL’s Montreal Alouettes have expressed interest in acquiring Tebow’s contract rights. Alouettes GM said of Tebow, “He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo (Montreal’s starter) and learn the game.” It could be a successful learning experience for Tebow: Jeff Garcia started his professional career in the CFL (with Calgary) and learned from Doug Flutie. Garcia later become a four-time Pro Bowler in the NFL with the 49ers and Buccaneers. Tebow could learn and become a star in Canada, eh? 

Finally, Tebow could go into coaching or public speaking. He could join former college coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State and become a quarterbacks coach. Tebow even received an offer from the Lingerie Football League to become a national quarterbacks coach. He has also engaged in several public speaking events, talking to youth organizations, charity groups, and even the Wichita State Shockers basketball team. Given his popularity and knowledge of faith and football, he could be a very successful public speaker. 

The Jets have many questions to answer after releasing Tim Tebow. They now have five quarterbacks on their roster: Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard, Matt Simms, and 2013 draftee Geno Smith. As for Tebow, there are many career paths open. Whether Tebow chooses to play as a backup quarterback, a fullback, a tight end, or a motivational speaker, he will definitely make headlines for years to come. 

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