Tim Tebow's career in the NFL is again uncertain, due mainly to the fact that he was cut by the New England Patriots this weekend. However, be that as it may, his future with the Patriots might not be over just yet, according to Head Coach Bill Belichick. He wouldn't rule out the possibility that Tebow might be needed later in the season.
''I don't know what's going to happen here in the year, but certainly we've had a lot of players who've left here and come back here,'' Belichick told reporters Saturday, the Associated Press recounted (via Yahoo Sports) Sept. 2. ''It's already happened this year.''
Belichick's comments were the first he's made since trimming his team's roster to 53 players. Still, only two of those players are quarterbacks, starter Tom Brady and his back-up, second-year man Ryan Mallett.
But that's the way Belichick has tightened his roster's in the past, usually going with only two quarterbacks for the season. And why was that? According to the coach, it was '''cause we thought it was the best thing for the team.''
Belichick, a coach known for his practicality, also knows that if worse things come to worst (like Brady and/or Mallett getting injured), and Tim Tebow is still up for grabs, the Patriots can recall him. Not having Tebow on the roster also gives the team the flexibility to pick up some other quarterback that's been dropped. As Belichick reminded the reporters, many factors are considered when making personnel decisions.
As for Tim Tebow himself, he posted a three-part tweet shortly after being cut Saturday (Aug. 31): "I would like to thank Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick, Coach McDaniels and the entire Patriots organization for giving me the opportunity...... to be a part of such a classy organization. I pray for nothing but the best for you all. I will remain in relentless pursuit...... of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback."
It is currently unclear if the popular but polarizing quarterback will be picked up by another NFL team. The Patriots became the third team to drop the 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner. The Denver Broncos let him go after acquiring Peyton Manning in 2012, even after leading the Broncos to the playoffs and winning the Wild Card game. He spent a lackluster year playing behind Mark Sanchez as a New York Jets back-up but was cut shortly after the Jets drafted West Virginia University standout Geno Smith. After becoming a free agent, the Patriots gave him a shot as a back-up to Tom Brady. For the three games he played during preseason, Tebow completed 11 of 30 passes for 145 yards and ran 16 times for 91 yards.
And even though Tim Tebow insists he will "remain in relentless pursuit... of being an NFL quarterback," he just might sit the 2013 season out. Still, he could do what many NFL ballplayers do who get cut and try to battle their way back into the NFL -- play for the Canadian Football League.
The Montreal Alouettes own the rights to Tebow's possible Canadian football career. Their starting quarterback, Anthony Calvillo, hasn't played a game since August after suffering a concussion. But could Tebow take the starting position from Tanner Marsh, the Louisiana Tech quarterback that's stepped in?
"Would I look at him? Sure he's a winner," Head Coach and general manager Jim Popp told Yahoo Sports. "Would he ever be the starter? I have no idea."
But the question is: Will Tebow be willing to play in Canada, hoping, of course, to get back to the NFL someday? That remains to be seen. He could just wait for a possible pick-up from another NFL team later in the year. Or perhaps he'll wait on Belichick's call. But as Tebow's chances of being that pro NFL quarterback he dreams of dwindles, Canada might be an option that he wants to consider.
It's the path Warren Moon took. It worked out pretty well for him...