Should no NFL teams give newly released Tim Tebow a call, the former Heisman-winning quarterback won’t be unemployed for long.
ESPN won’t let the former New York Jet and Denver Bronco escape their overtures should no team offer him a contract next season, according to sources cited by New York Daily News reporter Bob Raissman.
Last week, the Jets released Tebow after one season. The 25-year-old never started a game, but did seem to put pressure on incumbent starter Mark Sanchez, who posted his worst season since his rookie year.
Raissman’s sources said the sports network juggernaut believes Tebow will play somewhere next season, but should that plan fall through, ESPN will not let him sign with a competitor like NBC Sports, CBS Sports, or even the upcoming Fox Sports 1 network.
News Corp. will pit Fox Sports One in direct compeition with ESPN, and stealing Tebow could provide huge ratings and a smudge on the Worldwide Leader’s track record.
Members of the media and viewers have accused ESPN of stoking "Tebowmania" even though he hasn’t shown the same promise or success since his playoff season in Denver.
He could be a welcome addition to ESPN’s successful “Collge GameDay” program, especially if they hit the road to Tebow’s alma mater Florida, where he won two national championships and earned a reputation as an inspiring leader.
Rumors have tied Tebow to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and New England Patriots, but nothing real has materialized as of yet.
Tebow has insisted he wants to be a starting quarterback, and has hired numerous coaches to make his arm just as dangerous as his punishing scrambling abilities and fiery determination.
Originally taken by Denver in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow became the darling of the NFL with a 7-4 record as a starter in 2011. He led the Broncos to a overtime playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Wild Card game that same year.
For his career, Tebow has 2,422 career passing yards and 17 touchdowns to nine interceptions. He has also rushed for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns.