Twelve months ago, here were a few of the headlines that graced the Eye on Football blog:
* Who'd be interested in Tebow if the Broncos land Peyton Manning?
* Elway: Trading Tebow 'is a possibility'; to Jets, Fins, Jags, Pack?
* Broncos trade Tebow to Jets for fourth- and sixth-round picks
* Rex Ryan: Tebow will be 'a major contributor' in 'Wildcat specifically'
The 2012 season couldn't have gone worse for Tim Tebow, who was buried on a Jets depth chart behind the NFL's worst quarterback, and a former seventh-round afterthought. And now, Tebow has become toxic in football terms. Technically, he's still a member of the Jets, but he'll almost certainly be released this offseason, putting his NFL future in doubt.
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The thinking: While not much of a passer, Tebow knows something about the zone read, a part of the Seahawks offense last season with rookie Russell Wilson. But O'Neil writes that, with backup Matt Flynn traded to the Raiders last week, "The use of the option running game is also a reason many thought Seattle might look to bring in Tebow … [but] instead, Seattle will be sifting through some of the remaining free agents."
Possible options include mobile veteran backups Seneca Wallace and Tyler Thigpen, as well as former first-rounders Brady Quinn and Matt Leinart. Put another way: The Seahawks would rather have any of the four players mentioned above than Tebow. Whomever the team ends up with, they'll compete with Josh Portis for the backup gig behind Wilson.
Meanwhile, Tebow's professional fate remains undecided, at least in the NFL.