Sunday, March 17, 2013

Arena team has 'contract waiting for Tebow to sign'


The probability of New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow having a job in the NFL is decreasing by the day. At least he has a backup option.

Brett Bouchy, the owner of the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators, recently told the Orlando Sentinel that he'd be glad to put the quarterback bust on his roster.

He also he thinks the move would help Tebow in the long run. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him," Bouchy said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "I think he would definitely improve as a quarterback in our league.

"Kurt Warner told me once that when he got back to the NFL after playing in the Arena League, the NFL game was like slow motion. Everything in the Arena League is just so much faster and quicker and predicated on accuracy. Whenever Tim is willing, we have a contract waiting for him to sign."

Bouchy's offer may be the best that Tebow will see, as his release by the Jets is a near  certainty at this point and no other pro prospects have surfaced, at least not publicly. He's one of five signal-callers currently on the Jets' roster and doesn't have a shot at joining the impending positional competition between David Garrard, Mark Sanchez and probably another free agent or rookie.

Warner's success post-AFL is thoroughly documented, and a year or two of quality play indoors could re-ignite some interest from NFL teams for Tebow. Or it could put out the flame for good.

In his brief stint with the Jets, Tebow has played in 12 games and only attempted eight passes. He's been used mainly in the Wildcat role, rushing for just over 100 yards on 32 attempts. He currently holds a 48 percent completion rate in his three years in the league.

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