Atlanta Braves General Manager John Coppolella is speaking openly about the team's interest in signing former NFL and Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to play baseball.
In an interview with MLB.com Coppolella said, “There’s no risk. If it doesn’t work, we’ll be honest with Tim early, and we can move on. If it does work, it’s great for the Braves and it’s great for baseball.”
Coppolella said Tebow's situtation is similar to NBA great Michael Jordan. Jordan also decided to take a run at baseball at one point in his career, playing for the Birmingham Barons Double-A team.
"It’s positive to draw this kind of interest to the game and make it a story because it’s good for baseball,” Coppolella told MLB.com.
MLB.com reports if the Braves were to sign Tebow, they would provide a signing bonus of less than $100,000 and attempt to get him the reps he needs in the instructional league, which begins Sept. 17.
Before turning his attention to full-time football, Tebow played baseball at Nease High School. He held a work out for baseball scouts and the media on the campus of the University of Southern California last month in Los Angeles.
The Times-Union has previously reported that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is also getting prepared to begin another season as an analyst with the SEC Network and ESPN. He also is working with the Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, which honors college football players for their community service and good deeds.
Tebow helped Florida win two national football championships under coach Urban Meyer.
Tebow was a first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos in 2010 before being traded to the New York Jets in 2012. Since then he has been to training camp with New England (2013) and Philadelphia (2015), but both times was cut.