Arena League extends invite to Tebow

March, 17, 2013
3/17/13
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If Tim Tebow can't find a job in the NFL, he can always return home to play for ...

The Orlando Predators.

Of the Arena Football League.

Predators owner Brett Bouchy told the Orlando Sentinel he'd love to sign Tebow if he's not on an NFL roster for the 2013 season. Tebow is an icon in the state of Florida and would draw huge crowds in Orlando, not far from Gainesville, where he made his legend as a Florida Gators quarterback.

"Tim would certainly want to first exhaust his opportunities in the NFL, but we'd love to have him," Bouchy told the newspaper. "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."

For now, Tebow remains on the Jets' roster, along with four other quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy, David Garrard and Matt Simms. The Jets have been trying to trade Tebow, and they likely will continue to do so at the NFL meetings, which begin Sunday in Phoenix. Failing a trade, they're expected to release him.

Despite incessant criticism, Tebow has maintained that he wants to remain a quarterback in the league. The growth of the read-option attack would seem to help his chances, but we all know there are other factors that might cause teams to shy away from him. The Jets and Jaguars were the only teams willing to trade for him last year, and the Jaguars already have stated they no longer have an interest.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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