Tim Tebow is no longer with the New York Jets as they start their offseason program and despite the fact that he was talked about in trade rumors all year, the quarterback has yet to find a new team and that could mean he may end up in television, as ESPN and Fox could fight over his talents.
Tebow was a good worker and he continued that even as he knew things were turning bad for the Jets. According to ESPN.com, Tebow was at the workouts at 6:30 a.m. before many other players arrived and before the team meetings began and he later told reporters that he was having one of the best off seasons he ever had. This year the Jets went into the draft with Tebow on the roster, but that didn't last long after drafting Geno Smith, as they released him on Monday.
The Jets have Mark Sanchez as the starter, but the team is planning on holding a competition with Smith, Greg McElroy, Matt Simms and David Garrard, while Tebow is now out. Tebow was barely used at quarterback last season for the Jets and he gained just 102 yards on the ground while passing for 39 on just six completions. He was initially looked at as a potential decoy and Wildcat quarterback, but that never materialized and he spent most of his time on the sidelines.
Tebow has spent part of the offseason working out in Tampa, Arizona and Texas while also spending time with Chris Weinke and Vinny Testaverde, who have raved about the quarterback and his work ethic while working on his throwing motion, mechanics and foot work. Tebow is trying to do his best despite the team not supporting him and he could find a home with another team if the Jets release him.
The team had been shopping him for a trade since the NFL combine and after the Jacksonville Jaguars said they were not interested, the Jets appeared to be out of options. The Seahawks looked like a possible destination, as did the Cleveland Browns, but both teams signed quarterbacks in Brady Quinn and Jason Campbell.
While Tebow does not have too many options now that he is free, there are some teams where he could be a nice fit, including with the New England Patriots. The team likely will trade Ryan Mallett one day and since there is no issue of him starting in New England behind Brady, Bill Belichick could use him in all types of ways, including as a decoy, full back, running back, tight end and receiver.
Making the Patriots move even more attractive is the fact that Tebow's former coach and the man that drafted him is the coordinator in Josh McDaniels. McDaniels could be the one guy that knows how to use Tebow effectively and he would likely put him in situations where he could succeed.
The Ravens are a crazy but interesting option, as the team could use a different style of backup for Joe Flacco and everyone would know that he never would be starting. The team could use him in interesting ways as well as Jim Caldwell could continue to evolve the offense around Flacco. Tebow is a hard working player and someone that is very determined and no matter where he ends up he will likely be a good teammate and a good soldier.