The adage that “no news is good news” probably doesn’t apply to Tim Tebow as he waits (and waits, and waits) to see if he still has a future as an NFL quarterback.
And now, more than a month after Tebow cleared waivers and became a free agent in late April, folks in his camp seem to finally be coming to the realization that this may be the end of the road for the beloved, if maligned, quarterback-slash-media-darling.
In an article in ESPN the Magazine, David Fleming writes that those close to Tebow are “privately admitting that his NFL run is probably over” — the first such statement to leak from Tebow’s inner circle, though it’s been widely assumed that the combination of Tebow’s inadequacy as a player and the media circus that follows him might make finding employment challenging.
The article also cites an NFC scout who seems to agree with that assessment of Tebow’s prospects.
“He’s not a quarterback,” the scout told Fleming. “When you look at his run two years ago, when you watch the tape and break it down, he wasn’t really doing anything that impressive. He’s a tough guy, a great leader, a great person. But he isn’t a good enough quarterback to have all the distractions that come with him.”
Many teams have been forthcoming about their lack of interest in (or need for) Tebow, so there’s a good reason for the lack of faith — both from scouts and Tebow’s buddies.
Heck, even the Jacksonville Jaguars have publicly shot down any suggestions that they should bring in Tebow, who played his prep football at nearby Nease High School.
As for who might actually be interested? Back in April, Lions GM Martin Mayhew told a radio station to “never say never” with regard to Tebow — which is about the best news he’s apt to hear about his future right now (unless he wants to play for Ron Jaworski’s Arena League team).
It’s hard to believe Tebow has fallen so far so fast, and I’ve got to imagine he ends up on a roster as a quarterback somewhere. I mean, he’s got to be at least third-string material. There’s no way he’s worse than McLeod Bethel-Thompson or Scott Tolzien or Rusty Smith, right?