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Mayhew on adding Tebow: “Never say never”

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As teams line up to say they’re not interested in quarterback Tim Tebow, Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew left the door open a crack.

In an interview with 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, Mayhew didn’t completely rule out pursuing Tebow.”I feel good about our quarterbacks right now,” Mayhew said.  “We’ve got four on our roster and we typically go with four.  But I’m the kind of guy who never says never.”

Mayhew would be less likely to not say never if Tebow is willing to do something other than play quarterback.  Especially since Mayhew has no inclination to let Tebow run a change-of-pace offense.”

We like our starting quarterback and we like him on the field,” Mayhew said of Matthew Stafford.  “I like him on the field 100 percent of the time.”

Currently, the Lions have Stafford, Shaun Hill, Kellen Moore, and undrafted free agent Alex Carder under contract.

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21 Responses to “Mayhew on adding Tebow: “Never say never””
  1. noeffinway says: Apr 29, 2013 10:56 PM

    Anyone who posts here thinking that the Lions are thinking about signing Tebow is a fool. This is just a run-of-the-mill “never say never” thing. But hey, let’s blow it up into something else.

  2. thepoliticalfirebrand says: Apr 29, 2013 10:57 PM

    Well, considering how many Lions have been arrested lately, Tebow might actually be a good fit. At least he could be a positive role model for the team.

  3. mazblast says: Apr 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    Smart man, at least about this. Never publicly rule out any option, especially after finishing last in your division.

  4. noeffinway says: Apr 29, 2013 10:58 PM

    The Lions have absolutely no need for a QB of Tebow’s caliber. So why don’t we just let this nonsense just slip away.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 29, 2013 11:07 PM

    Makes him a lot more sensible than most G.M.s around the league.

  6. spellingcops says: Apr 29, 2013 11:08 PM

    According to Schefter, several teams inquired to his agent whether or not he’d switch to te, & he said he wouldn’t.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 29, 2013 11:16 PM

    Well if they could find a way to trade Shaun Hill then that would make a lot of room available to add a guy like Tebow.

  8. stealthjunk says: Apr 29, 2013 11:34 PM

    So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  9. ohnothatguy says: Apr 29, 2013 11:52 PM

    This guy deserves a shot!! For heavens sake he has as many playoff wins as romo and every expert football analyst swears romo is elite. And remember he has the same amount of wins as romo and how many years did tebow start compared to romo?!?! Point valid right there. If romo and sanchez can be starters in major nfl cities why cant tebow? How many epic failures as he had compared to those two clowns? And they get to be starters? Im no tebow fan, i have a great qb on the team i root for, which is the g-men for those wondering, but give the guy a chance. If leaf,couch,russel can start games in the nfl so should tebow

  10. threatlevelxmidnight says: Apr 30, 2013 12:00 AM

    Seriously Mike… How many articles do you plan to write about this guy?

  11. alskdh says: Apr 30, 2013 12:15 AM

    Breaking news!

  12. granadafan says: Apr 30, 2013 12:22 AM

    The Lions need a rugged running back. Tebow can carry the ball and block well.

  13. shadowcell says: Apr 30, 2013 12:29 AM

    really? no one’s gonna make a “throwing him to the Lions” joke?

  14. raiderinva says: Apr 30, 2013 12:33 AM

    Given the laundry list of player conduct on and off the field, maybe the better question is would Tebow want to play in Detroit.


    I forgot that maybe Ronnell Lewis, Amari Spievey, Johnny Culbreath, Mike Leshoure, Nick Fairley x2, Aaron Berry x2, and Ndamukong Shu being a case in his own right. (understand the Commish has Shu on speed dial)

    Could just be the ultimate spot where Tim Tebow could preach forgiveness and start to wash the feet of those less fortunate….

  15. raider23mike says: Apr 30, 2013 12:58 AM

    He’s going to the Cowboys

  16. piis314 says: Apr 30, 2013 1:07 AM

    I’d like to see Tebow come to Green Bay. No controversy as Rodgers is clearly the starter. However, he’d be an improvement over Graham Harrell and would bring his class act to a classy organization.

  17. monropoobah says: Apr 30, 2013 5:20 AM

    i’m so glad the tebow thing is finally over for the jets. when he signs as a tight end in new england i’ll be just as happy, because he won’t be here. not a hater but way tired of the sideshow. gave the jets the benefit of the doubt because i thought they would do something with him and i don’t care about his religion one way or another. i blame sparano. him i never liked.

  18. polapea says: Apr 30, 2013 6:01 AM

    He is the worst passing QB in the league. Name ANY other QB w/ at least 8 starts that has a lower completion %. Name another starter with as many 3 and outs.
    And stop holding onto one playoff win. Trent Dilfer won a superbowl and lost his job the next year.

    Honestly why bring in Tebow as a back-up? His doing or not, he creates a distraction. He’s not capable of running the standard O. Coaches don’t want to have to adjust O’s for their back-up. Lions have a vertical passing game. Tebow can’t run it.

  19. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Apr 30, 2013 6:09 AM

    It may be my Terps bias, but I think Shaun Hill is one of the best backups in the league.

  20. charlesanakin says: Apr 30, 2013 11:29 AM

    Who said he would have to be the #2 QB? Kellen Moore doesn’t deserve to be in the NFL. If they could sign him to a minimum deal and have him replace Kellen Moore why not? He’s a team guy and a really hard worker. He could play some special teams. I’m not saying he should ever take game snaps from Stafford but if he’s better than one of the three guys you have why not. Furthermore he’s a high character guy (which lets be honest the Lions could use more of) and a hard worker. Who’s going to skip out early if the 3rd string QB is still at the facility working on his game? I would love to the Lions sign him as their 3rd QB.

  21. gbmickey says: Apr 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    Effinway the Lions are the first and only team to say never say never in regards to Tebow except for the Canadian team. That makes sense since the Lions are about on par with them talent wise.

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