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Tim Tebow clears waivers, NFL future in doubt

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tebow waves as he stands on the sidelines before the Gators play against the Louisville Cardinals in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game in New Orleans Reuters

Tim Tebow’s NFL career may be over, as every team had a chance to claim him today, and every team passed.

Tebow, who was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, officially cleared waivers on Sunday. That means all 31 other teams could have taken his minimum-salary contract but decided he wasn’t worth it.

Realistically, that also means there’s a very good chance that his NFL career is over. The Patriots were the only team that had any interest in Tebow after the Jets cut him, and he didn’t play well for the Patriots when he got his chance in the preseason. It’s hard to see what would change to make some team interested in Tebow in the future.

Of course, Tebow does have some things going for him: He’s only 26 years old, he’s known as a hard worker, and he’s a popular player who would sell tickets. But Tebow’s presence can also become a major distraction, and that may cause some teams to shy away.

Tebow became a big star as a Heisman Trophy winner who led Florida to a national championship, and he became an even bigger star leading the Broncos to the playoffs. But he never became a fundamentally sound quarterback. As a result, he may never again be an NFL quarterback.

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68 Responses to “Tim Tebow clears waivers, NFL future in doubt”
  1. mclovin07 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:19 PM

    He’ll make more money doing motivational speaking than playing football…good luck Timmy…

  2. bucrightoff says: Sep 1, 2013 5:20 PM

    Tebow has a future of public speaking engagements, both with churches and for motivational purposes, that will earn him more than what 90% of NFL players will make. He’ll be just fine I’m sure.

  3. fissels says: Sep 1, 2013 5:26 PM

    Bummer

  4. jonevans83 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:27 PM

    buhbye

  5. elliottcovert says: Sep 1, 2013 5:30 PM

    I can understand why NFL GMs and coaches are reluctant to touch him. He’s a big distraction, and his play defies every long-term trend that predicts team success from the quarterback position.

    But the truth is, he wins games. He took a Denver team that had gone 5-16 in it’s previous 19 games and brought them to 8-8. Then he beat Pittsburgh and won a playoff game. Denver’s defense surrendered 40+ points twice in his losses and allowed an average passer rating of 93.

    His sample size is small. I don’t understand why some desperate coach on the hot seat doesn’t give him a shot to see if he work his game day magic.

  6. wvphil7 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:34 PM

    Tebow =Teblow…he’s Done

  7. wvphil7 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:36 PM

    Tebow =Scrub

  8. clownsfan says: Sep 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    Somebody is gonna pay him a ton of cash to be a commentator.

  9. imnotyourbuddyguy says: Sep 1, 2013 5:45 PM

    Dear Every person who quoted Tebow’s stats for the past 2 years trying to convince people he was not just a QB but a good one.

    Told yas so

    Never even finished his rookie contract?

  10. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 1, 2013 5:48 PM

    Maybe the Jets will sign him.

  11. mattsffrd says: Sep 1, 2013 5:53 PM

    The Jags should grab him. It’s not like they can get any worse, and he’ll sell tickets.

  12. imodan says: Sep 1, 2013 5:57 PM

    Belichick heard saying to McDaniels; Number one? Really Josh? Taught you better than that!

  13. nflpoker says: Sep 1, 2013 5:59 PM

    Tebow’s NFL future isn’t in doubt because there is none. It amazes that he did not want to be anything other than a QB. He was never in the position to dictate this. Whether he could do it or not, he should have accepted the idea of switching positions. He is just to stubborn.

  14. icdogg says: Sep 1, 2013 6:07 PM

    It’s a bummer when the Lord lets you down like that.

  15. dannyreneau says: Sep 1, 2013 6:10 PM

    If he would quit being so proud and let go of his dream of being a quarterback and started training as a TE or full back i would bet the house on him signing with a team in 2014, maybe even by the end of the season.

    Pride comes before the fall, Tebow.

    And this is coming from a big fan who followed his career since his freshman year at Florida.

  16. strokeytheclown says: Sep 1, 2013 6:12 PM

    Hopefully he is out of our misery. You can say what you what about him being a great person and a team player, he is never going to be a pro QB. The sooner he learns that, the better. I thought roly hollers like him were supposed to be above ego. Seems to me that his pursuit of being an NFL QB is all ABOUT his ego ! Hey TIm, we don’t care about your message, we all have our own.

  17. themagicman1223 says: Sep 1, 2013 6:13 PM

    He is too mule-headed to change positions, what he doesn’t realize is that no team wants him as a QB.

  18. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 1, 2013 6:20 PM

    If you are relying on “game day magic” for him to succeed, you are setting your team up to fail.

    You don’t win consistently with a 48% completion percentage. Sorry Tebow fans.

  19. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Sep 1, 2013 6:21 PM

    LynnBal says: Sep 1, 2013 5:35 PM

    Where’s the who cares option?

    Agreed.

  20. NotoriousKDV says: Sep 1, 2013 6:26 PM

    Teams realize that 2011 was a complete fluke. Never again will he face the likes of Matt Moore, Tyler Thigpen, Caleb Haine, Mark Sanchez, Christian Ponder, a Norv Turner coached team and a Raiders team with a QB that had just come out of retirement.

    Even if he did get to start again, it would be in a league that is deeper at the QB position than it’s ever been before. That “all he does in win games” stuff won’t fly anymore. Not if he had a steady diet of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton, Eli, Kaep, Wilson, RGIII, Big Ben, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Tony Romo. Even Matthew Stafford’s Lions and Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Bills blew out Tebow’s Broncos that year.

    The only team that was ever going to get beat by a QB that only completed 2 passes is that 2011 Chiefs team. The win against the Bears took Marion Barber running out of bounds while trying to run out the clock for that comeback to happen. The entire season was a perfect storm of flukiness that will never happen again. And every team knows that. That’s why Tebow is done.

  21. herlies says: Sep 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    Public speaking?

    Have you heard this man speak? He has the vocabulary and delivery of a teen.

  22. jkindler429 says: Sep 1, 2013 6:27 PM

    The Packers should take him ,they don’t have a QB after Rodgers, Mc Carthy could groom him in the fine art of Quarterbacking

  23. valcomm5 says: Sep 1, 2013 6:44 PM

    What future???

  24. billhicks666 says: Sep 1, 2013 6:46 PM

    herlies says:

    “Have you heard this man speak? He has the vocabulary and delivery of a teen.”

    That doesn’t matter to the dimwits who believe the same fairy tales that he does.

  25. deddmunnie says: Sep 1, 2013 6:56 PM

    You forgot to add “I HOPE TO HELL NOT!” to the poll.

  26. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 1, 2013 6:58 PM

    Reverend Tim Tebow.

    Hey, if it’s good enough for phonies like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, he ought to clean up…

  27. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 1, 2013 7:05 PM

    If Tebow is serious about a career in the NFL, he needs to go play in CFL and work on his footwork and learning how to be a QB. That’s his best shot.

  28. mightbegoingtohellforthis says: Sep 1, 2013 7:22 PM

    If he insists on being a QB then he should go to Canada and work on his throwing motion. The scrutiny from the Media and his fans make it almost impossible for any NFL team to sign him as a developmental QB.

  29. notoriousjebus says: Sep 1, 2013 7:37 PM

    Just a quick heads up to all the folks touting what a great locker room guy Tebow is and how he’s the ultimate team player. When he was with the Broncos he was fined on several occasions by the team. See some Tebow fans bought a billboard saying he should start, and it became a story. His coaches and fellow QBs asked him to make a statement regarding the billboard, and how the coaches had chosen Orton the starter and he agreed with the decision of the coaching staff and the billboard was silly. You want to know what the great locker room guy, ultimate team player Tim Tebow did? Absolutely nothing, he defied the request of the coaching staff as well as the pleas from his teammates and said or did nothing. So the team started fining him and kept it up until he was named the starter.

  30. wearethesteelers says: Sep 1, 2013 7:40 PM

    Still better than Sanchez

  31. leothelyon says: Sep 1, 2013 7:52 PM

    I think I’ll just skip watching football altogether – what a league of scum!

  32. bonniebengal says: Sep 1, 2013 8:01 PM

    “Just a quick heads up to all the folks touting what a great locker room guy Tebow is and how he’s the ultimate team player. When he was with the Broncos he was fined on several occasions by the team. See some Tebow fans bought a billboard saying he should start, and it became a story. His coaches and fellow QBs asked him to make a statement regarding the billboard, and how the coaches had chosen Orton the starter and he agreed with the decision of the coaching staff and the billboard was silly. You want to know what the great locker room guy, ultimate team player Tim Tebow did? Absolutely nothing, he defied the request of the coaching staff as well as the pleas from his teammates and said or did nothing. So the team started fining him and kept it up until he was named the starter.”

    I’m sure there’s more to the story, but let’s face facts here: Tim Tebow took over that Denver team when it was 1 – 4 and took that team to the playoffs, and won a playoff game against the Steelers. So he should have been the starter, shouldn’t he? Maybe he agreed with the billboard. I know I did. And we were right. Tebow did much better than Orton that year. And of course, people on here say it was all the defense. Well Orton had that same defense.

  33. thecaringkind says: Sep 1, 2013 8:02 PM

    THE MAN CANT PLAY. That’s why EVERY team in the league passed on him. Neff said.

  34. russianrebel711 says: Sep 1, 2013 8:17 PM

    Titus Young has a better shot of making an NFL roster than Tebow.

  35. jimsjam33 says: Sep 1, 2013 8:35 PM

    The NFL is a business and marketing takes a huge chunk of their off the field revenue . It seems odd to me that Jacksonville , a team going nowhere , wouldn’t take Tebow if only to sit on the end of the bench .
    Tebow is a local that Florida folks want to see . They saw him at FSU and I’m sure they believe he is for real . Give him a chance Jaguars you have nothing to lose . Oops , I forgot . Isn’t your owner a non-Christian ? Oh yes , he is a Muslim and there’s no way in this world he’ll give Tebow a chance to kneel and pray on his field after a TD !
    Just maybe , quiet religious persecution and I hear no hue and cry from non-muslims and of course the Christians have layed down and rolled over . Wake up Jacksonville and tell owner you want Tebow ! Where’s the Attorney General intervening for equality and justice for all ?

  36. lanman11 says: Sep 1, 2013 8:52 PM

    Now that he’s cleared waivers, I feel a miracle coming on….. I’ll be curious to know if he’s sticking around the New England area…..

  37. jagtiger says: Sep 1, 2013 9:00 PM

    He appears to be very “simple-minded.” His presentation in public speaking is very child like. It appears that everything he says is scripted by someone and then repeated by him from memory. I’m sure that Tebowites enjoy his talks, by they will get old to the general public very quickly.

  38. larrydavid7000 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:24 PM

    I am not a tebow hater but man you really really suck at the QB position.!!!!! Give it up or adapted to playing a new position. God would want that for you.

  39. sampulls says: Sep 1, 2013 9:30 PM

    billhicks666

    What fairy tales are you talking about? The one where ponies grow from amino acids? Or better yet, the ones where something magically appears out of nothing?

  40. jimeejohnson says: Sep 1, 2013 9:31 PM

    He needs to take control and utilize the “God-given” talents he has. There’s a lot more to life than the NFL. He’s a college grad, a very accomplished athlete, and passionate about a cause. How bad can that be?

    -Total non-religious anti-establishment freak

  41. azbearsfan says: Sep 1, 2013 9:32 PM

    jimsjam33 uh, wow. You have got it all wrong.

  42. eatitfanboy says: Sep 1, 2013 9:40 PM

    How would he sell tickets as the deactivated third QB?

  43. patsfan51 says: Sep 1, 2013 9:58 PM

    Tim Tebow is a great guy! There are lots of “great guys” out there….of which I’m one…..who could never be an NFL QB. The difference is, the rest of us aren’t wishing, hoping, trying, and failing at being one…..then saying, “I’m getting better”. Go put on a pair of ‘real comfortable jeans’ and do a commercial with Brett Favre!

  44. ibchr says: Sep 1, 2013 10:04 PM

    He’s cleared waivers. He’s been passed by every NFL team. Can the press please keep him out of their daily feeds now so we can enjoy football this year?

  45. valhalla2013 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:11 PM

    Thanks Payton, stay classy… :(

  46. thetooloftools says: Sep 1, 2013 10:17 PM

    …. and he ascended into heaven.

  47. dacoolnamesweretaken says: Sep 1, 2013 10:42 PM

    Can’t help but root for him… class act. Wish more players had the same attitude.

  48. squared80 says: Sep 1, 2013 10:52 PM

    The title of this story is confusing. Tim Tebow’s future in the NFL was never in doubt. The question was always when, not if, he’d be out of the league for good.

    Seriously.

  49. billhicks666 says: Sep 1, 2013 11:05 PM

    And the beat goes on…………..

  50. mrloser444 says: Sep 1, 2013 11:35 PM

    Getting real tired of ” all he does is win ” crap. He had 3 shots to win one game to put the Broncos in the playoffs, but couldn’t pull it off. Instead, Denver moonwalks into the playoffs with an 8-8 record in what was the worst division in the NFL at that time. If the Steelers’ Clark was playing that game, I don’t think that pass in OT would’ve gone for a TD. If all he does is win, then how come he keeps getting the boot wherever he goes. Can any one of you tebowites answer that?

  51. malvaren18 says: Sep 1, 2013 11:41 PM

    It’s time to head north to the CFL
    The Edmonton Eskimos could sure use him.

  52. TheWizard says: Sep 2, 2013 12:01 AM

    What fairy tales are you talking about? The one where ponies grow from amino acids?

    Love it. Tornado in a junkyard is pure logic to these people.

  53. ecupatsfan12 says: Sep 2, 2013 12:06 AM

    I think Tim is genuinely a good person and wants to be a man built for others. He seems to be real in his faith, and as a person I think he stands for everything right. I would love him to date my sister…HOWEVER he is an atrocious horrible no good QB. The only reason the Broncos won when he was there was because he only had to make one read and get the ball out, he didn’t have to read the defense really, all he read was one player. When he was asked to read the defense, he looked like a HS kid trying to throw against Alabama. I have never seen a pro athlete play as bad as he did against the Bucs. He is the product of his own demise, he switched HS’s and his father demanded that he play QB at Nease, went to Florida and Urban did nothing to help him play QB( he was a glorified SW tailback) and in the NFL was too stubborn to change positions. For all of you, who say, hes a good kid and deserves a chance..by that logic I played 5 years of QB in jr high and high school, I go to church every sunday, and get good grades. Does that mean I deserve a spot on an NFL roster? Lets get real here.

  54. ranci says: Sep 2, 2013 12:56 AM

    #GodsPlan

  55. thermalito says: Sep 2, 2013 3:14 AM

    Tebow can now get paid as a professional BS artist selling Bronze Age religious superstitions.

  56. johanvil says: Sep 2, 2013 4:12 AM

    As it should be.

  57. skinsrock says: Sep 2, 2013 8:02 AM

    I think he lost all confidence when he realized he couldn’t even beat Mark Sanchez for a starting spot in the NFL.

  58. luz56 says: Sep 2, 2013 9:10 AM

    CFL is a passing league.. Has anyone seen this guy throw?? TE… Has anyone seen this guy catch a ball in a game? Please with the stupid comments!

  59. talkingfan says: Sep 2, 2013 9:21 AM

    He’s be ok, most people love the dude just not for football

  60. dreday1201 says: Sep 2, 2013 9:43 AM

    Tim Tebow will end up being the NFL commissioner in the future

  61. 69finfan says: Sep 2, 2013 10:12 AM

    Hey jimsjam: You do realize that Tebow played at UF, not FSU, right?

  62. lemmetalkwouldya says: Sep 2, 2013 11:05 AM

    His career may be over, and maybe he couldn’t hit a 5 yard buttonhook to save his life, but never forget, Steeler fans, that he beat your team in a playoff game!

    For that alone, we should put Tebow in the Hall of Fame!

    lol

  63. tackledummy1505 says: Sep 2, 2013 11:18 AM

    I really don’t understand how a player who does nothing but win and he can’t find a team to play for lol. Let’s just say if Peyton Manning loses in the playoffs that would mean Tebow still has more playoff wins for the Broncos then Manning

  64. artisan3m says: Sep 2, 2013 12:15 PM

    Tebow’s stock will rise again. Hide and watch. He isn’t the best but he is a helluva lot better than a lot of backups that may be pressed into service early in the season. I’d suspect that Tebow and Vince Young will play again………..this season. Tebow may not thrill with his mechanics and style, but he knows how to win and that covers a lot of other flaws.

  65. thenordicthunder says: Sep 2, 2013 1:59 PM

    A class act on and off the field, which is most likely why the media loved to harass him and management ruined him. Tough to for those to stand in his moral shadow.

  66. Eric Fay says: Sep 2, 2013 11:24 PM

    God lied.

  67. jbeagles23 says: Sep 3, 2013 12:33 AM

    I see here people saying he should go to Canada have not watched a Canadian game. All they do is throw

  68. jessyrayz says: Sep 18, 2013 12:41 AM

    this isnt the first time he was told he couldnt play QB. look up his highschool years! mommy and daddy rented an apartment in another district that would let him play QB because the school in their district wouldnt let him play. Sorry Tim the NFL isnt your mom and dad, the pros wont move you around until someone takes you seriously.

    All in all he seems like a nice guy and its refreshing to see someone trying to use the spotlight for a positive influence, but I’m sick of hearing about him in the NFL.

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