Posted April 30, 2013

Tim Tebow clears NFL waivers, becomes free agent

NFL

Tim Tebow officially became an unrestricted free agent after clearing NFL waivers Tuesday.

None of the 31 other NFL teams claimed the quarterback after the Jets placed him on waivers Monday. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida is now free to negotiate with any team.

Tebow reportedly has already received offers from the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, the Omaha Beef, a Nebraska indoor league team and the Lingerie Football League.

Tebow attempted just eight passes and rushed for 3.2 yards per carry during his lone season with the Jets. The Jets traded for Tebow after he quarterbacked the Broncos to the 2011 playoffs.


40 comments
GregGranger
GregGranger

Jesus comes to OAKLAND!!!!! Lets go Raiders! Lol, he cant be any worse then Russell Right? ;)

Rick K.
Rick K.

Holy crap.  Why do people take Tim Tebow and his abilities so freaking personal? How did this degenerate into a political argument? Though, I do find it amusing that both sides are calling each other some pretty bad names while simultaneously arguing that they are taking the moral highground.  Anyway, whether or not Tebow can read a defense or complete passes in the NFL is not a political issue.  He can't.  I only evaluate what I see him do on the field, today. Not what he did at Florida.  He was pretty mortal once the NFL figured out how to defend him.  We'll see what happens, but it doesn't look good for Timmy.

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Rick K. Could you defend against him, or tackle him?  You would probably quiver and shake, and run the other way if he started to walk toward you.  He beat the Steelers, and only the Patriots beat him in the playoffs, but the first team they played beat this year's Peyton-led Broncos.

There's a statistic I would like for you to explain away.

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes  @Rick K. Here's what I take away from the situation. 32 gms and 32 head coaches seem to have said he can't play quarterback.  There's really nothing you say that's going to carry more weight than that.  When he's playing in Canada next year, you can argue about his college stats and you can argue about his leadership abilities and you can argue until you're blue in the face.  But if this argument were a contest, only one thing would win it:  him getting back on the field as an NFL QB.  And that aint happening.

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Rick K. He can't read defenses?  Tell that to the coaches and players of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU and Pittsburg.

Or did the players and coaches really throw all those games, just to let Tebow win?

I find it interesting that none of the fans who criticize Tebow have written disparagingly of criminals who play in the NFL.

What gives?

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes  @Rick K. I don't need to state the obvious.  And I'm glad you have a good grasp of this young man's college accomplishments.  But as even a casual NFL fan will tell you, what you did in college doesn't mean anything once you get to the pros. 

matt37
matt37

 @Rick K. Religion buddy, religion.  The simple fact that the young man completes <50% of his passes doesn't compute when you think god has anything to do with it.

raspikes
raspikes

 @matt37  @Rick K. Briliant deductive reasoning.  Now you insult a whole religion.

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes  @Rick K. First of all, I'd like to see where either of those guys said that.  Secondly, yeah, I'll question their judgement too.  Here's your boy's last 5 games:  1-4.  42% completion %.  7 total tds, 8 or 9 total turnovers, 170 yards a game.  Don't take my word for it-apparently that's enough of a body of work for the NFL decision makers to say "no thanks".  We all had some spirited sports talk and people might get fired up, but at the end of the day, the people who make these decisions seems to have said "no".  And that's the bottom line.

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @matt37  @raspikes  @Rick K. 

The only statistic that Tebow bashers ever cite is a poor completion percentage.  All quarterbacks are charged with an incompletion, when no pass is caught, even if a receiver runs the wrong route and is not there when the ball arrives, drops the ball, or is beat out by a defender who intercepts the ball.

Here is a question for you:  How many games, on any level, have you seen won by the qb with the highest completion percentage?

It is a more complex game, that has many dimensions, yet the anti-Tebow crowd can give only this one statistic.

After playing, and then following football for more than 50 years, I have noticed that the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Most of the Broncos stated that it was Tebow who raised their level of play.

Five high-school All Americas changed their commitments to Florida, because they wanted to be on whatever team Tebow was on.  All five are now starters on NFL teams.

There is in life people that are natural leaders.  In any occupation, and in any crowd, there are those who are exceptional.  They bring out the best in others.

Not considering this, and basing one's opinion on only one statistic is to ignore nature and character, and to downplay people who really are superior to most others.

By the way, Joe Montana and Drew Brees may know more about quarterbacking than you, me, or the 32 present coaches you mentioned, and both of them have said that Tebow is an exceptional quarterback, and that a team should be built around him.

Are you going to question their judgment now?

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes  @Rick K. Actually, most people I know, Christian or not, can clearly see that he's a horrible QB.  It's the people like you, ironically, that make reasonable people so tired of the Tebow story.  You can hold the man up as a role model-no arguments there.  You can consider the man a great example of great work ethic-I'd agree with that too.  But that doesn't make him a good qb. 

DaxQuatemaine
DaxQuatemaine

Tebowmania on life support. Internet Tebow sycophants are nowhere to be found. All he does is win has a hollow echo considering the dude is fetching offers from the Lingerie league. I believe this has not played itself out. No way he plays as a running back. He needs to go to camp and compete as a backup for one team. Keep the drama alive.

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @DaxQuatemaine Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr and Roger Staubach were also ridiculed and passed over by coaches before Weeb Ewbank, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry took chances on them.  Those 3 QB's went on to win NFL titles, MVP awards, and their busts are in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Sometimes, self-professed experts on scouting and coaching blunder in their assessments of players.  I think that this is one of those times.

A horse race is not a horse race until all are allowed to run, otherwise the experts would just choose a winner and not even have a race.

Tebow may yet meet a coach like Ewbank, Lombardi, or Landry, who will let him compete, not in practice, but in real games.  What happened in Denver was no fluke.  In fact, he won a playoff game there, whereas Peyton did not.

So much for that.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

@raspikes @DaxQuatemaine kind of the way they have run college football. They "vote" teams into the title game. I agree with you, it's a pathetic way to do things. Tebow deserves one more shot and everyone deserves a true college football playoff.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

 @raspikes  @DaxQuatemaine But Unitas, Starr, and Staubach could throw a football with accuracy.  In today's NFL, with all of the short passes, a QB needs to complete at least 60% to 62% to be average.  Tebow completes 47.9%.  This is below terrible.

raspikes
raspikes

 @badflounder  @raspikes Apt alias.  You flounder badly when trying to explain anything to others.

Go back to school, or get a mentor.

badflounder
badflounder like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @raspikes What on earth are you talking about?  ROFL   They told him to only complete 49% of his passes?  Tebow cannot pass and, most importantly, he cannot read defenses.  Get a clue friend.  He's a good kid, but has no business playing QB in the NFL.  That's not the worst thing ever, I am sure he will be just fine and you can continue to look up to him as a role model.

raspikes
raspikes

If you were a quarterback, and your coaches told you to throw it in the dirt or across the sidelines, unless he has a wide-open receiver, what you you do.  That is what they told him.

You missed the point entirely.

Unitas was told that he was not intellectual enough to play by one coach, but won the NFL title two years later under another.

Starr was playing second-string defensive back under one coach, but won several NFL titles under another.

Staubach was told that he was too old, too slow, and that running quarterbacks would never make it in the NFL, yet Tom Landry let him quarterback the Cowboys to several NFL title games, as Roger the Dodger became a world-beater.

Figures do not lie, but liars figure.  Are games decided by passing percentages or scores?

By the way, he scored more rushing touchdowns that Herschel Stuart.  Does that count in your book?

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes  @DaxQuatemaine Tebow went 1-4 (and barely, at that) in his last 5 games.  He passed at a 40% completion rate for 5 games straight, including such gems as 6 for 22 vs the Chiefs and 9 for 26 vs the Pats.  If you're going to give him all the credit for the lucky win vs the Steelers you have to acknowledge the fact that the Pats and Chiefs and Bills made him look like he had an 8th grade grasp of football.

 

DaxQuatemaine
DaxQuatemaine

Tebow

matt37
matt37

 @DaxQuatemaine You spoke too soon Dax, you spoke too soon.  In fact, the Tebowmaniacs, blind to fact and to logic and reason, still insist he'll rise like the Phoenix.

raspikes
raspikes

 @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine Typical hate-mongering..are you a delegate to the democratic convention?  Where did you learn this stuff?

 

raspikes
raspikes

 @JoF  @badflounder  @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine 

Henry Ford, and not the federal government, initiated the 40-hour work week. 

The three groups you cited gave us government giveaways, as in subsidized housing and utilities, food stamps and others that are drowning our nation in debt.

JoF
JoF like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @raspikes  @badflounder  @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine

 Because of Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, and other things you insult there are things like child labor laws, 40 hour work weeks, and Social Security.  Being any of these things have nothing to do with the fact that real people with football experience believe he can't play quarterback. 

That is an opinion, and everyone is free to have one. Tebow doesn't need you to babysit his feelings on an SI blog.  He will do just fine in life.  He is a fine gentleman, is a good role model, but is not an NFL QB

raspikes
raspikes

 @badflounder  @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine I guessed right.  Democrats and liberals are good at only a few things, such as using labels like "moron", "bacward" "inbred", "bigoted", all the while wasting away on the public dole and lazing about.

Maxx
Maxx

@badflounder @raspikes @matt37 @DaxQuatemaine You democrats will support others as long as its with other people's money.

badflounder
badflounder

 @raspikes  @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine Oh raspikes...I know you can't stand to see your bigoted backwards values erode away as the rest of the world marches down the road of progress. It's okay friend, us Democrats will still support folks like you, even as you hate others.  Peace

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @matt37  @DaxQuatemaine Let me guess: you dropped out of college, you smoke pot, are a liberal democrat, and hope to gain points with your peers by slinging pithy zingers..kind of juvenile, really.

And, do you really think that just anybody with a little luck can pass for 300 yards against the league's best defense in a playoff game?

Ha ha ha ha ha.

That is so lame.

raspikes
raspikes like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @matt37  8th grade education?  Were you an Academic All-America in college?  Tim was.

It is hard to do well when you offensive line doesn't block.  Did you ever play football at all?

I did, and in several positions.

Why not tell the truth for once.  Why do you really hate Tebow?

It cannot be because he was offered scholarships by more than 80 colleges, won a state high school championship, was high school and college All America,  helped win two national titles, was voted in the top 5 for the Heisman three years, winning it once, and was recognized as the best quarterback in the nation more than once, in high school and college.

And you say that he can't throw?  Tell that to the Steelers.

I think that you just resent persons that are your natural superior in athletics, academics, morality and spirituality.

By the way, I suppose that you laud gays and players with criminal backgrounds, tattoos and body piercings...just a wild guess.

raspikes
raspikes

 @matt37 Your sarcasm, and not sound reasoning, shows that you area bereft of that ability.  Pretty sad.

raspikes
raspikes

 @matt37 I never said that I am smarter than current coaches.  I said only that, coaches in the past have misjudged players, such as the three I mentioned.  I do believe that Tebow is an overachiever in many aspects of his life.

Had there not been an Ewbank, Lombardi or Landry, we never would have heard of Unitas, Starr or Staubach.  Those coaches believed in those players.

 

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes Don't forget, I heard that he was pretty good in High School too!

matt37
matt37

 @raspikes You do realize he's not in college anymore, right?  Unless his old college coach is calling the plays for an NFL team, Tim is done.

raspikes
raspikes

 @matt37 You are right about that.  You are not very smart.  You forgot to mention all those other experts who named him the Heisman winner, First Team All America Quarterback, and the opposing players who lost to him in Southeastern Conference and National Title games.

I suppose you think that they were all stupid and that the opponents threw the games?

You obviously hate him, regardless of you denial.

 

matt37
matt37 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @raspikes Who said anything about hating Tebow?  I think he's a pretty cool kid and I think he's a great role model.  I think he's even a good football player.  All I've ever said is he's not an NFL quarterback.  Don't get angry at me-apparently 32 GMs and 32 Head Coaches agree."But but but......"  Yeah, you go ahead an ignore fact and keep thinking that you're football smarter than the men paid to run teams.  I, for one, know that I am not football smarter than those gentlemen.

raspikes
raspikes

 @JoshMcadams  @matt37 You must be gay, Josh, for someone from your side always brings that up.

How does it feel for normal people to think of you as a degenerate or a pervert?