NFL, Tim Tebow

Is Tim Tebow Arena League Bound?

3/18/13 in NFL   |   CASE717   |   13 respect

Quarterback Tim Tebow (and I use that position term very loosely) is a free agent after one season with the Jets.  The experience in the Big Apple should not be characterized as a saving grace for Tebow considering his very limited role, primarily on select third down situations and punt coverage while posting meager statistics (6 completions and 102 yards rushing in 12 games). It got so bad for Tebow last year for the Jets, coach Rex Ryan anointed backup quarterback Greg McElroy to start Week 16 over Tebow after Mark Sanchez' most recent ineffectiveness.  Safe to say, it was a long year for the Jets and Tim Tebow.Blog Photo - Is Tim Tebow Arena League Bound?

It would be reasonable to presume that currently, the cell phones of Tebow's agent or representatives are not ringing to give him a chance to make an NFL roster in 2013, much less at the quarterback position.  Now, the word is that the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League are willing to bring in Tebow in 2013. No formal contract has been officially tendered and it's unclear if Tebow would stay at quarterback or consider switching positions.  In a recent interview, Predators owner Brett Bouchy spoke about the possibility of Tebow in the AFL.

Bouchy:  "Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him.  I would definitely think he would 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."

If the Arena League focuses on accuracy, Tebow the quarterback doesn't apply (48% career completion percentage). Although the speed is accelerated in the Arena League, it's hard to predict any of Tebow's raw skills excelling consistently.  Perhaps this is just a marketing ploy to bring Tebow in by Orlando to sell a few more tickets and jerseys.  Without any current suitors for his services in 2013, Tebow would be wise to consider Orlando's offer to develop his skills in any league that would welcome him or switch positions outright for at minimum one season.  As of now, Tebow as an NFL quarterback is not in the cards. 
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