Tim Tebow may not have any NFL offers as of yet, but he does have at least one suitor vying for his services... for $75 a game.
The Omaha Beef of the Champions Professional Indoor Football League (rolls right off the tongue) have reached out to Tebow's agent, Jimmy Sexton, and have offered a contract to the former New York Jet. The Beef are willing to give Tebow $75 a game, a far cry from the $2.1 million he made last season in Gotham.
Beef assistant general manager Andrew Mather said that he doesn't expect to hear back from Tebow's camp, but thought it was worth a try to contact him.
The Beef have a starting quarterback right now, and a pretty good one at that. James McNear has led the Beef to a 5-1 record so far this season and has completed 70 percent of his passes. McNear has also thrown 21 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
McNear doesn't seem to be fazed by the news of the Beef contacting Tebow. In fact he feels that he is the better quarterback, saying,
"I think Tim can learn a lot from me,"
TSN's Dave Naylor is reporting that the CFL's Montreal Alouettes own Tim Tebow's CFL rights and would welcome him onto the team as a backup.
Alouettes general manager Jim Popp told TSN that if Tebow were to join the Alouettes, his role would be similar to his with the New York Jets, saying:
"If he wants to come to Canada he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York. He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did (behind Doug Flutie). And one day he might be the guy; that's our vision. He can learn from the best."
Current Montreal Alouettes coach and former Colorado Buffaloes coach Dan Hawkins is said to be a big fan of Tim Tebow's work. Hawkins' interest in Tebow is a big reason why Montreal still retains the rights to Tim Tebow. Previous Montreal Alouettes coach and current Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was a fan of Tebow's as well.
Popp has no plans to contact Tebow and believes that Tebow will exhaust all his NFL options before looking to join a CFL team.
"If (Tebow) wants to come to Canada he will reach out to us," said Popp. "And if he wants to come to Canada we would take a look at him."
Popp has said that the team also owns the rights to Vince Young, but the two haven't been in contact for months.
After one uneventful season in New York, the Jets have released Tim Tebow after a logjam was created at the quarterback position.
After the New York Jets drafted highly touted quarterback Geno Smith of West Virginia, it left the Jets with six quarterbacks, including Mark Sanchez and Tebow. The release of Tebow had been expected due to his inactivity with the Jets. Coach Rex Ryan benched Sanchez in gave the starter's job to third stringer Greg McElroy leaving Tebow very upset.
Tebow became expendable when the team signed former Jacksonville Jaguar and Miami Dolphin David Garrard.
Ryan released a statement that read:
"We have a great deal of respect for Tim Tebow. Unfortunately, things did not work out the way we all had hoped. Tim is an extremely hard worker, evident by the shape he came back in this offseason. We wish him the best moving forward."
The Jets had been trying to shop Tebow around during the Draft, but no one took the bait and now it appears his future is very murky. The Jacksonville Jaguars need help at the quarterback position but said in the past that they would not pursue Tebow.
Tebow may need to convert to another position in order to restart his NFL career. A highly inaccurate thrower, Tebow is just one of five quarterbacks in the last 30 years to complete less than 48% of his passes, with a minimum of 300 throws. The others on the list are Akili Smith, Heath Shuler, Bubby Brister, and Steve Beuerlein.
Tebow said of his time in New York:
"I felt like it was a learning opportunity for me," he said at the end of the season, reflecting on the year that wasn't. "There was a lot that I'll take from it. There's a lot that I learned and there are lot of relationships that I've built, so I know that it happened for a reason."
The New York Jets traded a fourth round pick, $1.5 million in salary, and another $2.5 million to Denver last season to acquire the little used quarterback.