NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Tim Tebow may be running out of believers in the NFL.
The Heisman-winning, two-time national champion, first-round pick, AFC West-winning, playoff-winning quarterback is expected to part ways with the Jets this offseason.
Many expected the Jaguars to make a run at Jacksonville’s hometown hero. But on Thursday, new general manager Dave Caldwell slammed the door on Tebow: “I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released.”
What’s next? The Canadian Football League? A quick search on Twitter showed no shortage of CFL talk — some serious, some not.
“Hello Montreal?#cfl #tebow,” tweeted TSN reporter Dave Naylor. The Alouettes reportedly hold negotiating rights on Tebow.
Wrote Amanda Balionis: “John Clayton just said Tebow may want to look to CFL if he wants to remain a QB… welp.”
“NFL should realize Tebow fans could abandon the league entirely for the CFL if Tim ends up there,” fan Cheryl Milligan tweeted. “There are a LOT of us…”
The Jets will reportedly end the Tebow experiment via trade or release this offseason, though the team has insisted no personnel decisions will be made without a new general manager in place. New York acquired Tebow from Denver last March.
Tebow played in 12 games for the Jets in 2012, completing six of eight passes for 39 yards. He also carried the ball 32 times for 102 yards. He didn’t score a touchdown.
“The Jets didn’t ruin him. His lack of ability ruined him — and now he’s gone,” said WFAN co-host Craig Carton on Friday morning.
According to Carton, Tebow will be “lucky” to land in the CFL. Some on Twitter would agree.
“The speculation about Tebow going to the CFL seems silly to me,” wrote user Jim Fadler. “The QB’s have to be accurate up there also. You only get three downs.”
Carton’s co-host, former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, said Tebow “shouldn’t be in the NFL as a quarterback” and “doesn’t have the skill set that’s going to make a difference for a team.”
And then there’s the distraction issue. Just ask Jets fans, whose team ended up under the microscope all season following a much-discussed introductory press conference for the backup quarterback.
“Wherever he goes, that’s the story,” said Esiason. “And no team wants to go down that road, what the Jets had to (endure) this year.”
Esiason said in August that the Jets should “cut Tim Tebow.” Now it’s expected that they will — if New York can’t find a trading partner.
And he may not have a soft landing. It’d be a stunning trajectory for Tebow, once considered the league’s most popular player.
“I said it, I’ll say it again, and I’ll say it until the cows come home,” said Esiason. “He’s just not an NFL quarterback.”
What’s next for Tebow? Think he’s done in the NFL? Would he catch on in Canada? Be heard in the comments!