NFL Rumors: Browns listed as one of six possible landing spots for Tim Tebow

The Cleveland Browns are considered to be one of the few landing spots for quarterback Tim Tebow.

NFL.com’s Mark Sessler believes that Tebow, recently cut by the New York Jets in the wake of their selection of West Virginia’s Geno Smith this past weekend, believes that Rob Chudzinski‘s offense would make sense for the versatile Tebow if he could get past the hurdle of the cold weather.

“It’s a long way from sunny Florida,” writes Sessler, “but coach Rob Chudzinski ran an option-fueled offense with the Carolina Panthers; none of Cleveland’s current quarterbacks bring that flavor. The Browns didn’t add a passer in the 2013 NFL Draft and appear married to the idea of giving Brandon Weeden another chance this season, but Tebow would give this young team some flexibility.”

A sideshow of epic proportions, Tebow has been erratic at best since stepping behind center with the Denver Broncos. On the field for just seven percent of the plays run by the New York Jets in 2012, it appears that Tebow‘s days as a passer could be over—many anticipate that he will have to change positions if he is to forge a career in the NFL going forward. This said, Tebow‘s ability to run the read-option offense could land him in a place where quarterback is a position of need.

Through three seasons, Tebow has a completion percentage of 47.9 percent, throwing 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has added 12 touchdowns with his feet, none of which occurred in 2012.

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  • BenRM

    No where is the only landing spot for Tebow

  • Garry_Owen

    Lazy analysis. Boo!

    Chud ran the option in Carolina because he had Cam Newton. If he didn’t have Newton, he wouldn’t have run the option. He’s not likely to pick up an option QB just so he can run the option.

    At least I hope not.

  • RGB

    Well, we do need a tight end…

  • Tron

    This is really lazy reporting. They didn’t bother to go back to Chud’s DA offense days. DA didn’t run the option either, Chud prefers a big arm. Look how many time Cam aired it out, the only reason he ran was because that was an added bonus. Tebow couldn’t stretch the field at all, he has 0% chance to join the Browns as QB option.

  • Bourn, Michael Bourn

    In a pure football sense, Tebow would be a solid acquisition. Since we don’t have a 3rd string developmental QB (sorry Thad Lewis), why not use that spot on someone who can actually contribute? If Thad Lewis starts a game this year, we won’t be in the playoffs anyway.

    You can’t tell me that Tebow would be a worse fullback than Owen Marecic! Line him up back there every 10 plays or so, let him block or catch an occasional pass, and then run some trick plays every once in a while. He can serve as a FB, special teamer, and 3rd string QB, which sounds like a pretty valuable 53rd man to me.

    Alas, there is more to this than football and Tebowmania is not worth what Tim Tebow brings to the table.

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  • Andrew

    I wouldn’t mind seeing him signed by the Steelers. It would be one more thing to make fun of them for.

  • BenRM

    touche, sir

  • BuckeyeDawg

    (NFL.com writers gathered around the water cooler)

    “Hey, I saw Tebow got cut. I’m feeling lazy this morning, and I need a puff piece to fill some space. Where do you think he will end up?”

    “I don’t know…how about Cleveland? They stink, and everyone makes fun of them already. It’ll be good for a chuckle.”

    “Sounds good. Tebow in Cleveland. They need all of the prayers they can get…”

    (everyone chuckles)

  • midview132

    Let me get this straight. Some of you say the Browns are worse with Tebow than with Thad Lewis. This mindset allows us to draft high every year. Bring him in for one year and try him at different positions if not qb alone. As opposed to Thad Lewis who will never be a NFL qb and will hold a clip board, leave your hatred for Tebow out of the situation and start trying different things otherwise we will draft in the top ten again and again and again.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Don’t disagree with your take on Tebow, but I’m amused by your take on Thad Lewis that he can’t ever be a starting QB in the NFL. Why is that, exactly? You are pigeon-holing him even more than the people talking about how Tebow isn’t getting a chance!

  • woofersus

    But Norv Turner will NOT be running an option fueled offense. I think the only places that should consider Tebow are teams already running that type of offense and maybe don’t have multiple QB’s with that skill set. I actually think Philly would be a great destination for him, since they will run an offense that would suit him, Barkley won’t be ready this year, and Vick always gets hurt. Plus it might be helpful to work with Vick, who also came into the league as a runner first and passer second. I think Tebow and Vick would be good for each other.

  • Tribefan8

    I’m in agreement that IF (and i’d prefer they didn’t) they signed him, use him as a Wing-Back/TE/FB and have him listed as the 3rd string QB. This would free up a roster spot to carry another backup CB/WR/OL. But I’d rather not have him and the media baggage that comes with it.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’d be fine with bringing in Tebow as long as it is made clear to him that he won’t be a true QB in the offense. If he’s brought in to run the option and play an H-back role, then great bring him in with this stated clearly. If he’s not interested in that, then it’s a hard pass.

  • Wow

    This guy gets it

  • Yes, let’s bring in a QB who in his one year as a starter led the league in the number of possessions that were three-and-outs and only converted 31 percent of their third downs.

    Sounds like a ball of awesomeness!

  • mgbode

    agreed, I would like to sign Tim Tebow. To a minimum deal as a H-Back/TE. Chud/Norv have done TE-conversions before and Tim can run some goalline plays too.

    I am infatuated with the multi-purpose guys. Guys
    who can play H-Back, RB, TE, even some WR. So, I see Tebow having
    potential in such a position.

    Obviously, there is extra media-attention there and headlines to be had. I understand all who want to avoid it though I think our current coaching staff is strong enough to just laugh at any media/fan creation.

  • mgbode

    I don’t know. I sat through that Pitt game 🙂

  • Natedawg86

    Tebow does beat the Steelers in playoff games. I would sign him if I were Pitts…

  • Jaker

    Third stringer in San Fran would be interesting. There’s no way he comes here though, and it’s because of two words…

    Vertical. Offense.

  • mgbode

    yes, if they get back to the playoffs, then he could beat Pitt while in a Steeler jersey this time 🙂

  • Garry_Owen

    I hope that Tebow realizes after this that he really doesn’t have a future in the NFL as a QB and accepts and embraces the TE/H-Back position. If so, I would love for the Browns to take him. He’s a great guy and a tremendous athlete and general football player. But no way would I want the Browns to go anywhere near him if he or anyone else thinks he’s coming as even an emergency QB.

  • JeBron_Lames

    Do I have to break out the Michael Scott video again?

  • architrance

    Lest we forget, the last time he was an actual starting QB, Tebow led his team to the playoffs and actually won a game in those very playoffs (Against who? Against the Steelers), throwing for 316 yards, setting a Broncos record for QB rating in a playoff game and an NFL record for yards per catch in the playoffs.

    And we have better options than this on the Browns? News to me…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This QB thing just won’t die!!!!!!!

  • Harv 21

    I stake the minority position, as usual.

    No, Tebow can’t throw vertical, hell he can’t really throw horizontally either. But on a young, ethically-challenged team it’s the intangibles, friends. I picture a training camp scene, players stretching in the hot morning haze, Armonty Bryant casually plopping next to Josh Gordon to chat him up a little. Immediately, Tebow’s helmet signal buzzes. He knows instinctively where he’s needed, and so he pops up and off he goes, with a friendly yet determined stride. He squeezes between them on the grass though there’s hardly enough room, and as Armonty glares at him says “You circumcised, Monty? I can do it. Mr. Banner wants me to do it, whenever I think it necessary.”

  • Du

    I completely agree that this is just lazy reporting. With that being said, I still don’t get why most people think “Tebow’s days as a passer could be over.”

    I seem to remember just a little over one year ago, Tim Tebow leading his team on comebacks and then beating the Steeler’s in the playoffs. Since then he has pretty much zero chance to prove himself further. The guy is a winner period. Yet this incredible media attention continues to surround him all stemming from his ‘on his sleeve’ faith. But everyone seems to hate him and undervalue him because he is a Christian. Ridiculous!

    Yet watch now as the Jason Collins story gains more and more traction. The guy will be put on a pedestal for years and years. For what?? Announcing his sexual orientation? Unreal world we live in…just unreal.

  • And later in the locker room…”Hey guys…listen have a blessed night. Bye, Des…remember if you’re going to partake in the drinky, make sure it’s gin n’ Jesus juice. And Quentin, the only thing you’re going to solicit tonight is Luke 7:36…amiright?!”

  • LaundroMat

    “A sideshow of epic proportions, Tebow has been erratic at best since stepping behind center with the Denver Broncos.”

    Actually, Tebow has been very clutch *at best* (remember??). Maybe he has been erratic, but that’s due to a mix of his being ineffective and his being effective (even very effective). Not that I’m a proponent of Tebowmania, but why he wouldn’t be someone to take a chance on as a third-stringer is beyond me.

  • None of us Brown’s fans want Tebow, which is exactly why he will be wearing a Brown’s uniform next year…

  • mgbode

    if I was Tim Tebow (which I am not btw), then I would go and play Australian Rules Football. I mean, you’d get to live in Australia and that game fits his skills the best.

  • chowson

    The guy is a player, and a good kid, and he would be a positive addition to any team in the NFL. The Jets were (and are) a dysfunctional organization. I think Tebow could bring a lot to the Browns.

  • I say bring him in. This new “management” group already gave up on the 2013 season. I don’t recall Tim Tebow ever getting scared during a game or ever getting caught under a giant USA flag. There is a good chance Ole Weeds is released before the first game. Bring him in for a year and see what happens. We need some type of entertainment on the field this year.

  • Midview132

    If you look at it realistically, Thad Lewis will never be a starter for god sake he sat behind Brandon Weeden’s 26 qb rating last year, then Colt McCoy. This year he will sit behind Weeden and Jason Cambell, both of which are never going solid starters on NFL teams. Oakland would rather have had Palmer than Cambell and they got rid of Palmer. Think of it this way maybe the kid has a miniscule chance of starting, but if I was to bet my house and you were to bet your house on him being a legitimate starter versus a backup that starts a game because of injuries, who has the better chance of being homeless?

  • saggy

    Was gonna say the same thing. Tebow has won more playoff games than the Browns combined teams since 1990-something.

  • saggy

    Just to go on the record: I like the kid and I would like to bring him in because I think he will quit trying to be a full-time QB sooner than later, and when he embraces that he will be a good player who contributes. Plus, I bet he is a good locker room guy.

    Vote for Tebow!

  • steve

    As a tight end? SURE!

  • Vindictive_Pat

    “Thad Lewis will never be a starter for god sake he sat behind Brandon Weeden’s 26 qb rating last year, then McCoy.” You don’t think that logic is a bit flawed? Weeden was always going to start every game where he was healthy. But I guess if I look at it “realistically” 🙂

  • Randy

    Not a good spot for tebow, he is a winner and the browns are losers

  • Stew Hawk

    I think I heard an arena team offered him a contract. That makes more sense than anything else I’ve heard about Tebow…

  • steve

    Thats the silliest thing i’ve ever heard. If weeden is released before the first game i will neuter myself with a rusty spoon.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    He’d give two damns less than Marecic. He only wants to play QB and won’t put in that “work ethic” that makes others rave about him so much if he plays any other position.

  • maxfnmloans

    1. God hates Cleveland
    2. God loves Tebow
    3. ????????
    4. Profit!

  • i’d love to see tebow as a browns player. he just finds ways to win. i know he’d do it in cleveland.