Tim Tebow (with Jets assistant special teams coach Louis Aguilar) arrives at the team facility for offseason workouts. (Photo: Mel Evans/AP)
(USA TODAY) -- The league's most famous backup reported to Jets offseason workouts Monday. But will he have a team in September?
Tim Tebow appears to be following up on his promise to arrive at New York Jets' voluntary offseason workouts with "a great attitude," arriving to the team's facility between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to a report from the Star-Ledger.
While that optimism is admirable, Tebow doesn't appear to fit into the Jets' plans, especially with the team signing free agent David Garrard to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback role. But will Tebow find himself on any NFL team's roster in Week 1? Here are four reasons why that's looking unlikely.
The Jets continue to seek trade options for Tebow despite lukewarm interest thus far. As Mark Klis of the Denver Post explained in detail this weekend, the Jets owe the Broncos $1.53 million in advance salary Denver paid Tebow as part of his rookie deal and would still owe this money even if they cut him. Because of this, they are likely keeping him around in hopes that they can salvage something in exchange for that money. If the Jets wait until after the draft and even possibly into training camp to let Tebow go, the less time he'll have to land a limited number of roster spots, especially if he's set on continuing to play quarterback.
2) The Traveling Circus
No matter how low a profile Tebow might try to take in a new locker room, he can't control the public fascination with him. His offseason speaking engagements (orplanned ones, at least) don't help him in that regard. If you're an NFL GM, why would you court the added distraction of a backup who commands more attention than your team's best players?
As former NFL All-Pro Jeff Garcia told USA TODAY Sports last week regarding the Jets, "Having Tebow there (last season) just became more of a distraction, more of a circus show. Obviously, it's their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn't bring anything positive. It just brings distraction."
3) The Need for Two Offenses
It's pretty evident at this point that if Tebow lands with another team, it won't be as a starting quarterback. Even if a team wants to utilize him in the kind of hybrid role the Jets originally envisioned, they would need to employ a separate chapter of the playbook solely for him. The Broncos had success with Tebow in 2011 when they pared down the offense to his strengths. Is there a coach out there who would trust Tebow to run a traditional attack as a backup if their starter went down? It's one thing to keep a hybrid type third-string quarterback around when he's just another of the 53 guys, like Brad Smith or Pat White. It's not worth it in this case.
4) The Tebow Disciples
Thanks to his college accomplishments and half season of success in Denver, there are still legions of Tebow supporters who think that the only thing keeping their guy from a Hall of Fame NFL career is the short-sightedness of NFL coaches and general managers. If you're a team with a tenuous starter, the chants for Tebow will be relentless every time the incumbent throws an incomplete pass.
That's why Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell made it a point to say in his introductory press conference in January that he couldn't "imagine a scenario where [Tebow would] be a Jacksonville Jaguar." If you're a team with a star quarterback, why mess with that dynamic? Aaron Rodgers didn't like it when 60 Minutes called him sensitive. Imagine if he had to deal with people clamoring to get Tebow on the field more?