Top 5 NFL Teams That Should Sign Free Agent QB Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow: Top 5 NFL Teams That Should Sign the Free Agent QB
After the Patriots signed Tebow, his status as the first backup quarterback was immediately questionable as the team already had another college standout on the roster in Ryan Mallett. Mallett is much more the prototypical quarterback than Tebow and fits into the mold that is the Patriots’ quarterback, formed by the ever-present Tom Brady. With little to no chance to prove he could be a trustworthy and effective backup to Brady, Tebow was cut and sent to the free agent market.
Many believe Tebow’s career is over, but the statistics do not seem to suggest the same thought. Despite seeing next to no playing time in his season with the chaotic New York Jets, the 2011 season is not too far removed from NFL teams’ memories to forget the revolution that occurred in Denver. After he took over the reins of the Denver Broncos in Week 6, Tebow took the team on a wild ride that resulted in an 8-8 record after starting 1-4 and a wild card spot in the playoffs. Tebow was the catalyst behind the Broncos’ turnaround as his late-game antics resulted in several come-from-behind wins and the season concluded with an overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs.
With this not-too-distant memory of Tebow's grandeur coupled with his passion and determination to win games, there are several NFL teams that could stand to have Tebow as their backup quarterback. So, let’s get started with the list of the top five of those teams.
5. Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons do not have any worries at the quarterback position as long as their star, Matt Ryan, stays healthy. Nevertheless, every head coach would like the comfort of knowing he has a solid backup on the bench and Mike Smith is no different. When Dominique Davis is your number two option, “you’re gonna have a bad time.” Having Tebow on the bench would be a nice safety valve for the Falcons.
4. Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears cannot claim to have the deepest quarterback situation, especially not when number two on their depth chart is Josh McCown. The aged veteran has not even seen any playing time since getting into three games back in 2011. Even more so, Jay Cutler is always an unsteady question mark as the Bears’ starting quarterback. Tebow could be a valuable backup in Chicago.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman was great for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, but if the young star cannot repeat his performance in 2013 or goes down with an injury, the Bucs may be searching for answers. And when Dan Orlovsky and rookie Mike Glennon are your possible answers, you will be bound to start asking new questions like “Who in management should be fired?” Tebow would look great sitting behind Freeman.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton are the backup options for the Arizona Cardinals. Lindley is a young gun out of San Diego State and Stanton is a veteran benchwarmer with seven years of pine grabbing under his belt. Further, the Cardinals’ starting quarterback is the questionable Carson Palmer. Fresh off of joining the Oakland Raiders, his best statistical season since 2007, Palmer was released after winning only four games. With the whole depth chart at quarterback being one big question mark, the Cardinals could stand to add Tebow to their ranks.
1. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills just released Matt Leinart only five days after signing the veteran quarterback. Their backup, Kevin Kolb, was just placed on injured reserve, leaving only Jeff Tuel as a viable option in case rookie E.J. Manuel does not pan out or gets injured. Manuel was a mobile quarterback in college and the Bills will look to utilize that, so having Tebow on the squad would be a perfect addition.
That does it for my list. I would love to hear your thoughts on the Tebow tribulations, where you think he should be signed, or if you think he should quit football. Please leave any comments you have below and thanks for reading!