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Alouettes GM: Tim Tebow 'can come here and compete to be the backup'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Tim Tebow was released by the Jets on Monday morning. There are some ... interesting possibilities for where he could land. One of those is in Canada, where the Montreal Alouettes hold his rights.

But if he goes to the CFL, he'll be doing so to "compete to be the backup," according to Alouettes GM Jim Popp.

"If he wants to come to Canada he would be in the same situation as the one he was in with New York," Popp told TSN's Dave Naylor. "He can come here and compete to be the backup to Anthony Calvillo and learn the game, just like Jeff Garcia did [behind Doug Flutie]. And one day he might be the guy; that's our vision. He can learn from the best."

Calvillo is a stud; he's thrown for more than 4,600 yards in each of the last five years. He's won three CFL Most Outstanding Player awards and he's won three Grey Cups. He's a polished passer, unlike Tebow.

And there's a good chance that Tebow won't even bother being willing to head north. He's not interested in switching positions and he'll likely be stubborn about leaving the NFL. If he does, though, Popp said the team would "take a look at him."

"If (Tebow) wants to come to Canada he will reach out to us," said Popp. "And if he wants to come to Canada we would take a look at him."

Hearing this from the Alouettes GM is a bit of a dagger. It tells you just how closed off the market is for Tebow right now.

There's unlikely to be a compete-to-be-the-starter role anywhere in the NFL for him (only Oakland seems feasible), and he might simply be facing a situation where his ceiling is as a backup.

Suddenly that sort of gig in the NFL might look kind of appealing.

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