Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow has a new employer in ESPN, but may have wondered if he will get the chance to play in the NFL in 2014 and participate in training camp and while many think his career is over, rumors have teams like the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the best options of where he could catch on.
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The report from Pro Football Talk doesn't say that Tebow will get picked up by one of these teams, but rather that these teams are in a situation where he could get signed as a backup or as a player that could come and compete in training camp. Tebow was with the New England Patriots last year in training camp after he was cut loose by the Jets and now he is employed by ESPN for their new SEC Network and while he is doing that, the former Heisman winner said he would continue to pursue and NFL career and that could start as soon as 2014.
Tebow was hired by ESPN to be an analyst on SEC Nation, which is like the College GameDay of the SEC Network and he has stated that he will try and get back into the league despite his TV work. Tebow was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos a few years ago and due to that he has a connection to Payton Manning and the team that just went to the Super Bowl. Tebow was the quarterback before Manning was signed and that season he took over the team from Kyle Orton and led the Broncos to a 7-4 record and a division title and he then shocked everyone by getting the team past the Steelers in an overtime game in the postseason.
The playoff dream ended soon after that against the Patriots, a team he would eventually play for, but everyone assumed that Tebow would be in control for years to come. Instead, John Elway and John Fox took advantage of the situation with Manning as a free agent as the perfect excuse to get rid of Tebow without fans revolting. The fans loved Tebow in Denver, but they couldn't argue with a future Hall of Fame quarterback and that led Tebow to get traded to the Jets, which turned out to be a disaster on all sides.
Tebow was a good soldier and did everything he was asked of, but the Jets literally were idiots and had no idea how to use Tebow effectively. It's likely that the 31 other teams in the league would have found a way to get more than 39 passing yards and 102 rushing yards out of him, but not the Jets. The team released Tebow and basically blamed him for their ineptitude and after sitting on the free agent market for a while, he was snatched up by the Patriots. He played against the Giants in the preseason, but he did not show enough to hang on and he really didn't have a chance, as the Pats do not hold three QBs normally.
Tebow had a half a sniff from the Rams last year and now teams like the Bears, Buccaneers or Vikings could bring him in as a backup option, as he has connections with Marc Trestman and some of the other coaching staff.