Tim Tebow Rumors: Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots Trade Options As Backup Quarterback With New Orleans Saints Wild Card

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Apr 03, 2013 10:19 AM EDT
New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow is in a strange place as offseason workouts get closer, as he is a member of the New York Jets, but all signs this offseason have pointed to the fact that the team doesn't want him, as they tried to shop him at the scouting combine and continue to do so as the draft approaches at the end of April.(Photo : Reuters) "

Tim Tebow is in a strange place as offseason workouts get closer, as he is a member of the New York Jets, but all signs this offseason have pointed to the fact that the team doesn't want him, as they tried to shop him at the scouting combine and continue to do so as the draft approaches at the end of April.

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According to ESPN.com, the market has cooled completely on Tebow, but there is a chance that he could end up somewhere else as a backup, as the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all need an option behind their starters. A number of quarterback situations around the league have changed up over the past week, including in Oakland and Arizona, where Matt Flynn and Carson Palmer are now the quarterbacks, taking away two possible options for Tebow.

Other players that changed teams included Kevin Kolb going to the Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick going to the Titans. Tebow hasn't been able to get a sniff from some teams despite the fact that he has done things the others haven't, including winning a division title and a playoff game. Tebow has an 8-6 record as a starter, which is more experience than Flynn has, but Tebow never had a game where he put up 480 yards and six touchdowns. Not yet at least.

The San Francisco 49ers appeared to be a long shot wild card type spot, as Jim Harbaugh takes risks and the team needed a backup after trading Alex Smith, but instead they brought over Cleveland Browns backup Colt McCoy for draft picks, of which the 49ers have plenty. The Seattle Seahawks also are intriguing due to the presence of Pete Carroll, who is also an outside of the box guy, but chances are they won't make a deal after trading Flynn already.

The Chicago Bears are also an interesting option as the team lost backup Jason Campbell in free agency and his old position coach Matt Cavanaugh is now with the franchise. Jay Cutler could use a backup player like Tebow and he would reunite with head coach Marc Trestman, who worked with him leading up to the draft. The Patriots could be an option as they have Ryan Mallett as the backup and even though they are in the same division, Bill Belichick could take a chance.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also present another place for Tebow, as the team was disappointed in Josh Freeman last year and also needs a backup. The team could have Tebow push Freeman and also serve as insurance if he gets hurt. The Saints lost backup Chase Daniel to the Chiefs, making Tebow an interesting fit behind Drew Brees.

Many of these trades would need the jets to take less than they are looking for with Tebow, but it might be the best option since they do not want him on the roster. 

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