The New England Patriots made the right decision releasing Tim Tebow, and the fact that Tebow doesn’t have practice squad eligibility is the reason why I think he couldn’t stick around in Foxboro. Tebow just didn’t show enough to warrant taking up a spot on the roster above a depth OL or CB, but during yesterday’s press conference, Bill Belichick left the door open regarding a possible return from Tebow, who is most likely at the top of the Patriots emergency list at QB.
Even though I don’t view Tebow as a legitimate NFL quarterback, there is no reason for me to say that he could absolutely never develop into one, although the odds of that are unlikely (I mean, it’s hard to be a legit NFL QB in the first place, just look at guys like Tim Couch or Rick Mirer). But beyond that, Tim Tebow does seem like a great person, and he seems destined for greatness outside of the gridiron. The Patriots made the right decision cutting him, but just because somebody like me doesn’t like Tim Tebow as a football player, it doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a great human being.
Tom Brady has had nothing but kind words for Tebow, and he had more of them during this morning’s interview with Dennis and Callahan, “I enjoy being around him very much. He’s a very talented football player. To have a chance to spend a couple of months with him and kind of become a friend of his, was a great thing. We were yesterday talking about a lot of the quarterbacks that have been through our team over the years. Everyone brings a unique skill set and attitude to the table.
“I really enjoyed being with him. And you never know. Maybe, things in the NFL always — who knows, he could be back on the team at some point this year. I wish him nothing but the best. He’s really a great person and a great player.”
It sounds like the two quarterbacks have become friends, and that’s certainly a nice thing to hear. Robert Kraft made it clear that Bill Belichick would be the one making the decision on Tebow, and the Patriots made the smart business decision. But Kraft has been in Tebow’s corner since Day 1 as a fan of Tebow, and he once again said nice things about the former Pats QB while speaking on “CBS this Morning” today, “Who’s to say he won’t get his opportunity? To have a guy like that in the locker room, the kind of person he is, the way he conducts himself … I’d love to be his agent.”
So now Kraft is leaving the door open on a possible return from Tim Tebow. While I don’t think a reunion is likely, it definitely cannot be ruled out completely.