Tim Tebow got very comfortable on the New York Jets bench a season ago and there is a chance that he will be riding the pine again in 2013 or that he will be released. The latter seems the most likely. After multiple failed attempts to trade their personal punt protector, the Jets may just be willing to cut their costs and dump Tebow.
If Tebow is released, will anyone come calling?
At least one team has expressed their interest in Tebow and publicly stated that the have an offer on the table. The problem? That team is the Orlando Predators from the Arena Football League.
“Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we’d love to have him,” Predators owner Brett Bouchy told the Orlando Sentinel, via ESPN. “I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign.”
Tebow is a legend in Florida stemming from his days in Gainesville with the Gators and the Predators have previously made Tebow a guest of honor for their home games.
If Tebow can’t find work in the NFL, why wouldn’t he go to the AFL? It couldn’t do anything to hurt his image as a guy who can’t hack it as an NFL quarterback. If anything, Tebow can work on mechanics and hope that a desperate team would eventually come calling.
For the Predators, it would be a genius move. The team would generate loads of publicity and revenue from the addition of Tebow.
Will it ever happen? Probably not, but it sure is fun to speculate.
At the very least, Tebow needs to consider the offer. Playing in the Arena Football League is a much better PR move than going on a tour of appearances at controversial churches.