Does Tim Tebow have an NFL future?

January, 12, 2013
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Will Tim Tebow be out of the NFL entirely next season? That notion isn't as far-fetched as you might think.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, a team reportedly linked to Tebow, said this week that they have no interest in acquiring the hometown favorite. That does not bode well for Tebow's NFL future.

If the Jets can't wait to cut ties with Tebow and the hometown Jaguars aren't interested, where will Tebow land next season?

It's clear Tebow is not a franchise quarterback, and many teams do not want to take on the distraction that comes with "Tebowmania." The Jets learned that lesson the hard way this season.

However, Tebow has tremendous character and work ethic. He also has a unique set of skills, but cannot flourish unless he has creative coaching. That is why Tebow thrived with the Denver Broncos, but was a non-factor with the Jets.

Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff described Tebow best during an interview with WQAM in south Florida.

"If you throw him right in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very very average at best,” Westhoff said candidly. “But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. That's what I felt we were going to do, but we never did it.”

Our guess is someone will pick up Tebow next season and give him a look. He's a former first-round pick who can be signed on the cheap. But Tebow most likely must give up his dream to be a full-time starting quarterback. A position change might be Tebow's best chance to stick on an NFL roster next season.

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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