The Bears appear likely to pass on Tim Tebow.
According to ESPN Chicago’s Michael C. Wright, the Bears aren’t inclined to sign Tebow, who was released by the Jets on Monday.
Also, Wright’s ESPN Chicago colleague, Jeff Dickerson, reported on Twitter that the club has “never” shown any willingness to add Tebow.
The Bears’ reported lack of interest in Tebow comes three years after now-head coach Marc Trestman told the (Willoughby, Ohio) News-Herald that he believed the former Florida star had a chance to make it as a NFL quarterback in the “right environment.”
“I don’t know that I’m the only one who has the sense of Tim’s ability to be developed and become a very good player in the league,” said Trestman, who worked with Tebow leading up to the 2010 draft, according to the News-Herald.
Added Trestman, per the News-Herald: “I believe in the right environment Tim Tebow will figure this out. He doesn’t have explosive arm strength, but he has more than adequate arm strength to throw the ball in the NFL and make all the throws. I saw him do something totally different in seven or eight days.
“I can only imagine what he’s going to do in one year or two years, because he’s going to outwork everybody else and find a way to figure it out.”
How a player is evaluated entering the NFL and how he is viewed after several seasons of pro game tape are two different matters. If indeed Trestman has changed his mind on Tebow, it is . . . well, it is normal. This happens all the time. Evaluations are always revisited in pro football. And they must be revisited. This is big business, and the business is constantly changing.
It’s also possible Trestman still believes Tebow could be an NFL quarterback but that his offense isn’t the right fit. Some players don’t fit some schemes.
Regardless, the NFL has four seasons of data on Tim Tebow. Now he has to hope another team looks at the data and still sees promise.