Tim Tebow was on the verge of making an NFL roster for the first time in three years as the third-string quarterback for Philadelphia Eagles, and the former Bronco, Jet, and Patriot made it to the very last day of cuts before the start of the 2015 season.
But more than two months later, despite debilitating and costly injuries to some of the league’s top quarterbacks and a shallow group of viable free agents, the 28-year-old doesn’t appear any closer to reviving his football career.
Take the Indianapolis Colts and number of injuries to star Andrew Luck. As ProFootballTalk indicates, the squad signed and dropped Josh Johnson for the No. 3 spot as further insurance behind Matt Hasselbeck when Luck first went down with a shoulder injury this season.
Luck is now projected to miss at least a month or upwards of six weeks with a lacerated kidney and torn abdominal muscle, injuries sustained in Week 9’s win over previously undefeated Denver.
But Johnson’s on the Bills now, and the Colts have just one healthy quarterback on the 53-man roster, the 40-year-old Hasselbeck. PFT's also reporting the Colts are actually hoping to draw Jason Campbell out of retirement. Hasselbeck's gone 2-0 in two starts this season, but Indianapolis can’t risk another injury to an offense that’s completely reliant on the quarterback to make 23 throws per game on average.
It’s exactly for that reason why the Colts won’t be calling Tebow or his agent any time soon, even though Eagles head coach Chip Kelly praised Tebow’s improvement in the pocket.
The same could also be said for the Pittsburgh Steelers situation regarding Ben Roethlisberger, and even the Dallas Cowboys and Tony Romo.
Roethlisberger could very well play in Week 10 against Cleveland despite a mid-foot sprain, but Pittsburgh’s more likely to use caution and start third-year passer Landry Jones for the second time this season or could again go with veteran Michael Vick. He overcame a hamstring injury that kept him inactive in Week 8 but he was a full participant in practice leading up to Week 9.
With running back Le’Veon Bell out for the year, the 5-4 Steelers have DeAngelo Williams to main the rushing attack but need a reliable and accurate passer under center to spread the ball around the field to top receivers Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant in order to stay in the AFC playoff hunt.
The Cowboys are still going through a rough patch since Romo suffered a broken collarbone in Week 2’s victory at rival Philadelphia, with Brandon Weeden struggling before Matt Cassel took over for the last three games.
Even though Dallas’s losing streak has extended to six, Cassel has shown signs of a firmer grasp of the offense and he’s kept the Cowboys close with losses by an average of 4.6 points in the last three contests, including a heartbreaker in overtime to the Eagles on Sunday.
While Tebow’s rush-first style could work wonders with Dallas’ stacked offensive line, a unit that’s somewhat rejuvenated flame out running back Darren McFadden, there’s one club that could be a much stronger fit: the San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco turned starting duties over to famous draft-bust and former Jaguar Blaine Gabbert after Colin Kaepernick’s poor play through the first eight games of the season prior to Week 9. With starting running back Carlos Hyde absent again due to injury, Gabbert would completed 15 of 25 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns but he also chucked up two interceptions in the 17-16 upset at home.
All of the 49ers points came in the first-half as Atlanta made adjustments at halftime, and Gabbert didn’t show the ability to adjust on the fly. Instead, San Francisco ground out the victory with 133 total rushing yards, 32 of which came from Gabbert.
Adding Tebow would add a dimension to a 49ers offense that’s last in the league with 14 points per game, but a respectable No. 14 in rushing with 942 total yards.
There has been no report or any indication San Francisco, or any other NFL team, will call Tebow. Presumably waiting for his next opportunity, Tebow has remained quiet about a chance to return to an NFL roster. He continues to work as an analyst for the SEC Network.