Ask any Florida Gators fan where they would like to see their hero, Tim Tebow, lace ‘em up next season, and the answer is nearly unanimous: The Jacksonville Jaguars.
However, the Jags play in the NFL. Not a single one of those fans asked would ever volunteer seeing the former Heisman winner suiting up for the Orlando Predators next season.
Not a single fan, save for Predators owner Brett Bouchy, who told the Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi that a contract is available to the embattled New York Jets quarterback/running back/tight end/punt protector/bench warmer.
“Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we’d love to have him,” Bouchy said. “I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league. Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign.”
The funny thing is the fact that Bouchy might have a point. Warner spent a few years buried on the Green Bay Packers’ depth chart behind Brett Favre before taking what was seen as a demotion to the Arena League with the Iowa Barnstormers.
Once he returned to the NFL, he took over for an injured Trent Green with the St. Louis Rams, won a Super Bowl MVP and led teams to two more Super Bowl berths over his career.
The biggest knocks on Tebow as a quarterback throughout his young NFL career have been his slow release and below-average level of accuracy.
Rumors have been swirling for months regarding Tebow’s future, but the picture seemingly becomes more blurred with each passing day. In spite of the fact that the Jets have Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy all currently on the roster, the team went out and signed 35-year old David Gerrard to compete for the starting role.
He is only 25 years old, so Tebow still has plenty of time to prove himself as a quarterback on the NFL level. However, after only being allowed to throw eight passes for New York in 2012, his opportunity probably will not come on Broadway.
He may wind up returning to his home state.
But it might not be his home city of Jacksonville.