Report: Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton among QBs Dolphins considered

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The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler on Sunday, ending speculation about what move they would make at the quarterback position in the wake of Ryan Tannehill re-injuring his left knee during practice last week.

Cutler wasn’t the only name under consideration by the team. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports three other names that were bandied about at some point before Cutler became the newest member of the team.

As you’d expect, Colin Kaepernick was one of the names. The other two reported by Salguero were Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton.

Tebow, who now plays minor league baseball in the Mets system, played for Gase when Gase was the quarterbacks coach in Denver during the 2011 season. The Broncos won the AFC West and beat the Steelers in a playoff game that year before trading Tebow to the Jets the next offseason. Current Dolphins exec Mike Tannenbaum was the Jets General Manager at the time, but Tebow’s stay with the team was far less fruitful on the field.

Orton was also on the 2011 Broncos, so familiarity with Gase seems to be the common thread with them and Cutler and Salguero adds that some names were discarded quickly.

Orton was waived in November after losing the starting job to Tebow early in the season. He has not played in the NFL since 2014 while Tebow’s last stint was with the Eagles in the 2015 preseason, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if any consideration of bringing them to Miami fell into the short-lived category.

95 responses to “Report: Tim Tebow, Kyle Orton among QBs Dolphins considered

  1. The Dolphins actually upgraded at QB this year.This was a blessing in disguise.As a ravens fan,I usually consider the dolphins an easy win when we play them.I might have reason to be nervous now.

  2. Dammit Miami! Why couldn’t you have signed Tebow so I could’ve watched the meltdown of Mike Freeman and all of Twitter.

    You robbed me of that joy.

  3. Tim Tebow is not a good QB. He can’t run his life off of a playoff game and be sold as a competent starting QB. It doesn’t outweigh his mechanics nor his rather poor QBR. His name needs to stop coming up.

    Orton? Solid guy in his day but I think his day has passed.

    Cutler? I don’t personally like his leadership skills but I am rooting for the guy. A league in which the Division leaders are decided before the first game is played on the field isn’t fun for me anymore. And it isn’t just the AFC East. The NFC West is decided, North is largely decided, South is a Charlie Foxtrot (but growing) and the East I think just teases itself into thinking it is getting back to greatness. AFC West might be the last truly competitive division in football. It isn’t the North, the East has had one team since 2000, and the South is just horrible. Someone just has to win it.

    Football is fun when Sunday after Sunday, week 1 until 17 and beyond teams are competing. Homeboys may love their team but the league isn’t fun anymore. And it isn’t Goodell that’s doing it. It’s the game doing it to itself. Competition is good.

  4. Tebow>kaepernick ….in football and in life in general. Colin can give all the money he wants away. Timmy actually donates a ton of his time. He can learn a thing or a hundred from him

  5. Kaepernick was considered? They are probably worried about the boycott by all the militant feminists and lonney leftists at HuffPost and how that will impact viewership and Jersey sales.

  6. They would have gone Gradkowski,Ponder,RG3 and a whole list of those we’ve
    forgotten about( Orton, to name 1) before signing you know who. There would be a riot in Coral Gables.

  7. Last year:
    Matt Moore rating = 105.6, 8.3 YPA, 8 TD, 3 INT, 2-1 in games
    Jay cutler rating = 78.1, 7.7 YPA, 4 TD, 5 INT, 1-4 in games

  8. The NFL viewership was down 1.4 million last year due to politics being brought on the field the owners are not gonna let this trend continue KAPS career is over and if all the big mouth players want to put their money where their mouth is go on strike and miss some paycheck for poor ol KAP !

  9. Kaepernick was considered but then wisely that idea was discarded because the good people who butter all the players bread (the fans) consider his reasons for not standing during the national anthem (and then not even voting) to be rude and disrespectful. Simple as that really.

  10. Two people flame out of the same job.

    One of them remains positive, perseveres and finds work in a different field of expertise…

    One of them remains confused and completely tone deaf to the fact he insulted and offended many many Americans. On top of that he whines and continues to play victim about not having a job…

    Which one would you rather have dating your daughter?…

  11. Tebow will remain a Joan of arc, Anne Frank or Malala figure for Biblical Christians until he can add or detract from his 9-7 (with playoff win) career record. Imagine how fired up Jesus-haters would be if their teams defeated a Tebow qb’d team on the gridiron! They’d be walking on air for days.

  12. And Kap gets to keep sleeping in the bed he made as his girlfriend tweets thoughtful messages that’ll keep him there

  13. raidordie says:
    August 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Tebow>kaepernick ….in football and in life in general. Colin can give all the money he wants away. Timmy actually donates a ton of his time. He can learn a thing or a hundred from him

    =======

    Tebow and Kaepernick both have their own agendas. Tebow is a hero to the religious right while Kaepernick is loved by most liberals/progressives. Neither is an NFL caliber QB. One day in the not-too-distant future, Tebow will be a Republican politician while Kaepernick will be on the Democratic ticket.

  14. Where’s Vince Young and Josh Freeman? Kaepernick and RG3 are somewhere seething right now. Tebow doesn’t shock me. Mike Tannenbaum traded for him when he was Jets GM. I didn’t see Mark Sanchez on this list either.

  15. gomez163 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    “The NFL is a racist league”
    ———————————-

    You are absolutely right, there should be more Asians, Hispanics, and “white” people playing this game.

  16. SparkyGump says:
    August 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    “But we don’t need a developmental league. smh”

    They’ve tried that with the World League of Football which was pretty much minor league football. It didn’t catch on and didn’t get enough fan support to warrant big television contracts so thus, no funding. So now your “minor leagues” are the CFL and arena league teams. Unless the NFL is willing to create a league like this and accept it as a loss leader then there really is no point. Who would want to watch all the scrubs play that couldn’t make an NFL roster?

    Not only that, but with the money these players get right out of the draft they better be ready to play in the NFL. Who wants to wait around 4-5 years for the guy in the minors to find out if he can or can’t play or worse yet get a career ending injury there?

    Then there is the money issue. Already have NFL players complaining they don’t get paid enough. Imagine if the NFL teams would have to pay for more full team rosters as well?

  17. I remember when Kaepernick was unstoppable and he was reeling off 60 yard runs at will.

    You know who will pick him up?? Belichick because all he cares about is winning.

  18. If that was the list of names they considered then they clearly got the best guy on that list. I would tend to think all three of these names would have gotten dismissed rather quickly. If they would have signed anyone but Cutler you could assume the team was poised to just give up on this season and play for the #1 pick.

    With Kaepernick praising Castro and Cuba, boy that would have been a hard sell in Miami I am sure. He was probably instantly bombed as a suggestion.

  19. gomez163 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I remember when Kaepernick was unstoppable and he was reeling off 60 yard runs at will.

    You know who will pick him up?? Belichick because all he cares about is winning.”
    ————————————————————————————-

    Couple of interesting points because in NE Kaepernick would never get on the field unless Tom Brady had his throwing arm ripped off of his body so you are saying the best way to win is by not having Kaepernick on the field.

    Also, there is no way in the world that head coach would have let Kaepernick become the huge distraction to the team that he was.

  20. Last time I checked, Kaep had more playoff success than Tebow. It’s funny how Tebow supporters always cite the upset over the Steelers, but always ignore the very next game where the Pats annihilated them 45-10 with a 42-7 start. Tom Brady even had a 48-yard punt on a third down, which goes to show you how the Pats took mercy upon Tebow. That game could have been 63-10 if Belichik wanted to.

  21. Kaepernick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and was one blown ref call from winning it.

    It amazing how people forget that

  22. Why not just roll with Matt Moore? Apparently I’m missing something here cause I always thought Moore was a decent QB and better than Tannehill in fact. If I’m wrong feel free to correct me. As a side note I’m a Christian and all but I feel like Tebow is better off where he is than being in the NFL again. His style of play much like RG3 and Kaepernick just doesn’t fit with an NFL offense

  23. raidordie says:
    August 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    Tebow>kaepernick ….in football and in life in general. Colin can give all the money he wants away. Timmy actually donates a ton of his time. He can learn a thing or a hundred from him
    —-

    Now you’re just being silly. Both statistically and via wins Kaep is heads and shoulders above Tebow. Kaep has won his conference and made it to a superbowl. Tebow can barely hit the broadside of a barn and has never even made it to a conference championship. Also you don’t know a thing about what players do with their personal time and because you couldnt criticize Kaep for donating because he’s putting his money where his mouth is you make something nonsensical up about how much time Kaep donates when you couldn’t possible know that. This is a little pathetic.

  24. gomez163 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm
    Kaepernick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and was one blown ref call from winning it.

    It amazing how people forget that

    ———-
    People also forget that Alex Smith was the starter that season and had as much if not more with getting SF into the postseason as Kaep. If Harbaugh would have started Smith in the SB, SF would likely have won.

  25. “militant feminists and lonney leftists at HuffPost”

    Let’s see if you let peabrain Conservatives at fox FAKE news stand since you let the above.

  26. gomez163 says:
    Kaepernick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and was one blown ref call from winning it.

    It amazing how people forget that

    Kaepernick took to the Super Bowl the same 49ers team that Alex Smith took to the NFC championship game the year before and may have gone too if not for a fumble on a return. If Kaepernick had taken a lousy team to the Super Bowl I’d catch your drift but he took over a team that was stacked with talent especially on defense and had already come close the year before. If we’re gonna point out everything Kaepernick did let’s also point out he failed to adapt to the role of pocket passer. I actually liked Kaepernick and thought he had a cannon of an arm and am neither here nor there on his protest (But I disagree with the racial divide it helped further) but he’s no good anymore. It’s time to give it up

  27. Record in last season as starting Qb before blackballing: Tebow 8-5, Kap 1-10
    Career Win% as starting QB: Tebow 56%, Kap 48%
    Tebow beat Matt Moore in 2011 along with Rivers and Roethlisberger.

  28. This move tells a lot about how much confidence the Dolphins have in Tannehill, and it’s not a lot. They went out of their way to only consider bringing in bad QBs, so that the fans would welcome Tannehill back with open arms. Just another NFL owner who’s making so much money that he doesn’t really care about winning. Nothing is going to change unless the TV revenue gets divided up according to wins and losses. Right now, these owners have nothing to gain by trying to give their fans their money’s worth. They’re just stealing your money.

  29. I love how Colon K is not being considered for anything this year.

    If he were a smart man (as if) he’d sit on his bum and contemplate that men stand and women don’t…

  30. If I hated Tebow, Jesus and Western Civilization and knew Tebow would stink it up as a starting QB, I would want him out there for a few 2-14 seasons to deflate Tebowmania and mock Christianity in typical Jesus-hater style. The fact that this hasn’t been allowed to happen(no games allowed to start since) means that they know Tebow will succeed again like he did in 2011 with an 8-5 record and are too afraid to allow it so they blackballed Tebow instead!

  31. Ummm… why not first make an inquiry to Tony Romo? Easily the best QB not currently playing. It might not be possible to lure him from the big TV gig, but he did say he thought he’d left something undone on the field.

  32. kayes says:

    Tebow? TEBOW?
    ============================================

    Yeah. Tebow. The guy who took over a losing Broncos team and led them to a playoff win in his only season starting under Gase’s offense.

  33. gomez163 says:

    The NFL is a racist league
    ============================================

    That must be why the vast majority of players are black. Kaepernick isn’t even black.

  34. If Tebow’s name was brought up, don’t be surprised if they sign him after baseball season. By the way Tebow’s numbers here are pretty good. 32 total tds 19 passing to 9 int’s and 6 lost fumbles. Yeah that’s a 2/1 ratio and better than 2/3 of starters last year. And while I think Kap and Tebow and Vince Young could all be successful in. Read option system Tebow only got to play one year 16 starts total. To say he didn’t take his team to Super Bowl is stupid when he started the 2011 season as 4th string and then went 8-5. He never was got first team snaps in the pre-season. His rookie year was the strike so again. I will judge him when I see him get to start and play a little more.
    ,

  35. The Ravens should have blown out the 49ers in Super Bowl 47. When the lights went out, things changed. Kaepernick had one good season, but he’s no longer the player he once was. No team wants the distractions he brings with him. I am a big Jay Cutler fan. Maybe his demeanor comes off as complacent, but I have respect for someone with a chronic illness like Type I Diabetes who competes at such a high level. Just my $.02

  36. Tebow back in NFL(with a legitimate chance to play QB)equals the end of NFL TV ratings crisis and means that self-respecting Christians can go back to watching the NFL again without being fools!

  37. You are absolutely right, there should be more Asians, Hispanics, and “white” people playing this game.

    Noticed how you put “white” in quotes. “Whites” dominated the game in the early years, but when others were allowed to play you realized you weren’t as dominant as you thought. If you’re just not good enough you’re just not good enough.

  38. Because Sanchez is currently on The Bears says “commentwaitingdeletion”.

    The article title states quarterbacks that Miami considered. That could mean free agency or trade. My mention of Sanchez has to do with the fact that Dolphins president Mike Tannenbaum drafted him. He also signed Tebow, since we are discussing Miami and fringe qb’s, that’s why i included Sanchez. Being the third string qb behind Trubisky and Glennon doesn’t exactly make him untouchable. I wouldn’t suggest the move, i stated it merely in comedic fashion. Hence the Vince Young and Freeman mentions.

  39. homeofthebravens says:
    August 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm
    The Dolphins actually upgraded at QB this year.This was a blessing in disguise.As a ravens fan,I usually consider the dolphins an easy win when we play them.I might have reason to be nervous now.
    =====================================

    I remember that 1-15 Dolphins team (07′ maybe). Who was the one win against again? Oh thats right, the Ravens…

  40. Yeah, whites don’t dominate sixco, Brady, Gronk, Edelman. Amendola, Hogan and even James “White” didn’t get dominated at all last season

  41. abninf says:
    August 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    gomez163 says:

    The NFL is a racist league
    ============================================

    That must be why the vast majority of players are black. Kaepernick isn’t even black.
    ____________________________________________
    This is the ALT-Universe you people live in……
    If you and your ilk saw Colin Kaepernic coming toward you in the suburbia you live in, “fro on blast, You’d cross the the street in fear.

    #spindontflyhere

  42. When Tebow won those games and many said it was luck and that great defense, keep in mind Orton sucked with the same team. That shoveled dirt on his career.

  43. What’s the definition of ‘considered?’ That doesn’t mean that they were seriously thinking of bringing in Tebow like drawing up a contract and working him out serious

    I don’t see an issue with them considering any QB that history with Gase

  44. Kaepernick had poorer stats and a lower winning percentage than Alex Smith in the 3 seasons that they split starts in S.F., lower winning percentage and averaged 6 less points per game than Gabbert in the 2 seasons they split starts. The remaining year he went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

  45. this just proves that the Dolphins dont care about anything other than their revenue stream. winning is not the priority here. I would take Kaepernick over Orton and Tebow any day of the week.

  46. Not buying this story. Tebow flamed out in Denver and then in New England (Josh McDaniels in particular still believed in his game until he saw it up close in 2013 preseason) and finally with the Eagles.

    Paison – you would take a self-entitled brat like Kaepernick over two guys that are deeply flawed yet actually put in some serious work?

  47. crappygovernment says:
    August 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    If I hated Tebow, Jesus and Western Civilization and knew Tebow would stink it up as a starting QB, I would want him out there for a few 2-14 seasons to deflate Tebowmania and mock Christianity in typical Jesus-hater style. The fact that this hasn’t been allowed to happen(no games allowed to start since) means that they know Tebow will succeed again like he did in 2011 with an 8-5 record and are too afraid to allow it so they blackball.

    Dude you need to go on Twitter. When it comes to comedy, you’d rival ‘The Donald’ himself.

  48. Never forget the one season Tebow was given a chance in 13 games he produced SEVEN 4th quarter comeback victories and a playoff win. Doesn’t get much better than that.

  49. gomez163 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 6:37 pm
    I remember when Kaepernick was unstoppable and he was reeling off 60 yard runs at will.
    You know who will pick him up?? Belichick because all he cares about is winning.
    ________________
    Boy you are having a field day today! Kaepernick signed to the PATRIOTS? Maybe you need to consult a dictionary, because the naked crushing irony (would be fodder for fans and critics alike) would certainly NOT be lost on Kraft or Belichick.

  50. dcpatfan says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    abninf says:
    August 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    gomez163 says:

    The NFL is a racist league
    ============================================

    That must be why the vast majority of players are black. Kaepernick isn’t even black.
    ____________________________________________
    This is the ALT-Universe you people live in……
    If you and your ilk saw Colin Kaepernic coming toward you in the suburbia you live in, “fro on blast, You’d cross the the street in fear.

    #spindontflyhere

    And the winner for most racist comment today is….

  51. sicx01 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    You are absolutely right, there should be more Asians, Hispanics, and “white” people playing this game.

    Noticed how you put “white” in quotes. “Whites” dominated the game in the early years, but when others were allowed to play you realized you weren’t as dominant as you thought. If you’re just not good enough you’re just not good enough.

    ———
    And Kaep is not good enough. Why is this hard to understand?

  52. Tim Tebow isn’t a good qb…until he is. Yes, that’s right, he sucked for most of a game, but played lights out at the very end (if the score was still close).

    So does he suck? No, obviously not, if he can play great football with the game on the line. He’s just inconsistent.

  53. dcpatfan says:
    August 6, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    abninf says:
    August 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    gomez163 says:

    The NFL is a racist league
    ============================================

    That must be why the vast majority of players are black. Kaepernick isn’t even black.
    ____________________________________________
    This is the ALT-Universe you people live in……
    If you and your ilk saw Colin Kaepernic coming toward you in the suburbia you live in, “fro on blast, You’d cross the the street in fear.
    ==================================================

    In fear? I don’t think so LOL. RANGERS LEAD THE WAY

  54. Water cooler conversation in Miami:
    “What about Tebow?”
    “You cannot be serious.”

    News report: They considered Tebow!

  55. Dang, and crapernick already had that Dolphins ball cap too. He really liked their uniform colors, he would have been a solid choice! 😛

  56. Both of them might be familiar with Gase’s system, but this has to be fake news. If this report is true, then the Dolphins’ front office is incompetent.

  57. “raidordie says:
    August 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Tebow>kaepernick ….in football and in life in general. Colin can give all the money he wants away. Timmy actually donates a ton of his time. He can learn a thing or a hundred from him”

    Looks like you can learn a thing or two about Kaepernick. He runs a friggin Know Your Rights youth Camp and is there personally on the ground.

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