It was a decision that everyone knew was coming when the NY Jets picked up quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. With six signal callers on their roster, someone had to go. And that someone was Tim Tebow.
Tebow has been a lightning rod for debate since entering the NFL in 2010 after being drafted by the Denver Broncos with their first round pick. The debate rages still because just when you think he is done, he seems to get another chance.
When the Broncos signed Peyton Manning in 2012 Tebow was traded to the Jets, with the Broncos giving up a seventh round draft pick and the Jets giving up a fourth and sixth round draft pick. The deal seemed doomed from the start.
He spent time on special teams and saw himself placed in the infamous Wildcat formation that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano loved to run. And run is mainly what Tebow did, rushing for more yards with the Jets in 2012 (102 total) than passing (8 attempts for 39 yards).
Social media has lit up since Monday morning with some Saints fans wanting Tebow to come to New Orleans, while others hope he steers clear of Airline Drive. In an understandable way, you can see both sides of that coin.
When you take on Tim Tebow, you take on a lot as an organization. The team instantly becomes a media circus with the focus being on him. Speculation follows over whether the team has become desperate or just wants to sell a #15 jersey with his name on it.
We all know this is not the mantra of the Saints when it comes to media scrutiny, especially under the ruling hand of head coach Sean Payton. Payton, like his mentor Bill Parcells, has a love/hate relationship when it comes to the press.
The elephant in the room is Tebow's heavily analyzed throwing style, which is inconsistent to say the least. Pro personnel actually think that he is more suited to be an H-back or even a tight end. Or better yet, spend some time in the Canadian Football League.
Some analysts suggested before the 2010 NFL Draft that the Saints could be a team to help develop Tebow, especially learning under Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. Brees has been known to help tutor rookie quarterbacks during the off-season and help improve their game.
Of course you can be guaranteed that you wouldn't be seeing Tebow take snaps away from Brees, but more on trick plays like former backup Chase Daniel on fake field goal attempts. The creative offensive mind of Payton would find some way to have Tebow on the field whenever he could.
Would the Saints be interested in Tebow? It's possible since the potential is there.
But should they sign him? Nothing against him, but the Saints will likely stay clear.
Although reports are that he has dropped 15 pounds and working on his throwing motion with a private coach, Tebow will probably remain off the Saints roster.