It's been 11 days and counting since the Jets cut ties with Tim Tebow and 13 months since they traded for him. Much of the conversation in the past week and a half has been about which teams -- if any -- would be interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner.
The usual suspects include Tebow's hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, but new general manager David Caldwell has said in no uncertain terms that Tebow isn't an option (laudatory commercials from local lawyers notwithstanding). The other, less conventional landing spot: New England.
Coach Bill Belichick sees value where other talent evaluators don't, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was the man responsible for drafting Tebow in the first round when he was the Broncos' head coach. Plus, Belichick never met a reclamation project he didn't like, previously having success with Corey Dillon and Randy Moss (though less so with Albert Haynesworth and Chad Johnson). But unlike those players, Tebow never had off-field issues; it was strictly his on-field struggles that landed him on the bench and, ultimately, out of work.
And now, thanks to a report from Yahoo.com's Mike Silver, we know why the Patriots haven't shown interest in Tebow: They're not interested.
Specifically, Belichick "hates" Tebow as a player, an unnamed organizational source told Silver. Not only that, but the notion that Tom Brady would periodically come off the field for the Tebow dog and pony show a handful of times a game is, well, preposterous.
"No chance," Silver's source said. "Plus, they wouldn't like the circus that comes with it."
An NFC coach added: "He seems like a great guy to have on a team, and I'd be tempted to bring him in as our backup, but it's just not worth dealing with all the stuff that comes with it."
And that seems to be the consensus across the league: Whatever talents Tebow might bring to any team is outweighed by all the other stuff, most of which isn't Tebow's doing. So for now, he remains on the outside looking in, hoping for one more shot at NFL redemption. Except this time, it's not clear it'll come.