The New York Jets were naïve to think another team would offer up a draft pick in a trade for popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow. The Jets finally released Tebow on Monday after an ugly and tumultuous one-year experiment.
Tebow is now a free agent who can sign with any team. Should the reigning AFC East champion New England Patriots consider “Tebowmania” in Foxborough?
There are several reasons to think the Patriots may have interest. For starters, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels drafted Tebow in the first round in 2010 with the Denver Broncos. McDaniels is a huge Tebow supporter and thought he could make Tebow into a starting NFL quarterback. However, McDaniels was fired before he had enough time to develop Tebow in Denver.
New England head coach Bill Belichick also was very complimentary of Tebow before the 2010 NFL draft. The Patriots had a pre-draft meeting with Tebow and came off very impressed. The Patriots like high-character players who are versatile. Tebow could be both under the right coaching. The Patriots are creative enough on offense to come up with a way to use Tebow’s unique talents.
The Patriots also have the no-nonsense football culture to handle “Tebowmania” in Foxborough, Mass. New England is completely different from the circus atmosphere of the New York Jets. The Patriots would not allow Tebow to become a distraction.
New England also has an opening at quarterback behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, and young Ryan Mallett is the backup. There is room to fit Tebow in as a third-stringer if the Patriots are interested in a gimmick quarterback.