New York • Tim Tebow was "excited" about coming to the New York Jets. So much so, he used the word 44 times in his introductory press conference in March 2012.
Well, he must be pretty thrilled to leave.
After a failed one-year stint with the Jets, who never found a consistent or effective role for the backup quarterback, Tebow is free to explore other options after New York released him Monday.
Tebow spent most of his time on the sideline with the Jets, except when he was serving as the personal protector on punts, and never earned the confidence of Rex Ryan even when Mark Sanchez was benched. Meanwhile, Tebow did all he could to not show that he was, well, the opposite of excited.
Tebow believes he is still an NFL-caliber quarterback and it appeared his hometown of Jacksonville would be the obvious landing spot — until new general manager David Caldwell insisted that wouldn’t happen. There are plenty of opinions on what the football future holds for Tebow, but here’s our Pick 6 of potential job opportunities:
The presence of new coach Marc Trestman and former Jets QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh make the Bears a possibility to sign Tebow, who would be a backup again behind Jay Cutler. Trestman worked with Tebow at the Senior Bowl and before the NFL draft in 2010, and raved about his work ethic and potential to become a solid passer.
Trestman, the former coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, has a track record of developing quarterbacks and has also worked with the likes of Cutler, Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden in recent years as a consultant when they were coming out of college.
Tebow might make for a good fit as the No. 2 quarterback after Campbell signed with the Browns. Whether Trestman would want to start his Bears career by bringing in the hype that comes with Tebow being on the team could be a deterrent.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Philip Rivers took a major step back last season for the Chargers, but still can be one of the league’s most productive quarterbacks when he’s on his game. So, it’s unlikely new coach Mike McCoy will look elsewhere for a starter.
However, McCoy knows all about what Tebow can do when given an opportunity. The two were together in Denver when Tebow pulled off comeback after comeback during the 2011 season and led the Broncos to the playoffs. McCoy, then Denver’s offensive coordinator, worked the offense around Tebow’s strengths and appeared to be a magician in the process.
While it never truly appeared Tebow was a threat to Sanchez in New York, he could prove to be just that to Rivers — especially with a coach who believes in his abilities. Whether the Chargers, who just drafted Manti Te’o, would want any added attention remains to be seen.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
OK, so it’s not exactly the homecoming playing in Jacksonville would be, but Tebow would surely be a big draw in his home state — even if it’s as a backup to Josh Freeman.
The Buccaneers’ current backups are Dan Orlovsky, Adam Weber and third-round draft pick Mike Glennon, and Tebow might feel he could overtake them on the depth chart as the No. 2.Next Page >
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