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Why The San Francisco 49ers Should Say No To Signing Tim Tebow

One of the big causalities from the 2013 NFL Draft was former New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow who was released on Monday. After the NFL pundits reacted to the news of Tebow being released, the next topic of discussion was where, if anywhere, he would end up signing.

Here are three reasons why the San Francisco 49ers should not sign Tebow:

No Need

At quarterback the 49ers currently have starter Colin Kaepernick, Scott Tolzien (presumed No. 2 QB), three-year veteran Colt McCoy and seventh-round 2013 draft pick B.J. Daniels from the University of South Florida. It has also been reported Joe Montana‘s son, Nate, will be at the 49ers’ rookie minicamp to take place May 10-12. Nate tried out for the 49ers before the draft.

The past two offseason’s the Niners showed no interest in acquiring Tebow as a quarterback. So I doubt there is any interest now, especially because they have no need for him.

Too Polarizing

As much as Jim Harbaugh loves a quarterback project, this one might be too much to handle. Tebow showed he was a polarizing player with the Denver Broncos and his one season with the New York Jets, through no fault of his own. This is also why it does not make sense for the Niners to sign him and convert him to another position.

Simply put, the media circus that comes with signing Tebow is not worth it for any position.

Not A Good Fit

Despite Tebow running the wildcat/read-option while with the Broncos and Jets, he would not be a good fit for the Niners offense that is a hybrid of the read-option/pistol offensive schemes. One could argue that Tebow would provide a backup to Kaepernick and the offense would have to minimally adjust if Kaep went down with an injury.

However, there is a huge difference between Kaepernick and Tebow lining up under center. Kaepernick has a strong and accurate arm that consistently hits his targets; while Tebow is one of most inaccurate QB’s in part because of his awkward throwing motion. The offense will not be the same with Tebow replacing Kaepernick. Tolzien is a better backup QB because of his strong and accurate arm, and his two seasons studying the 49ers offense as the scout team quarterback at practice.


At the end of the day what Tebow provides to a team is just overhype, with under performance. The 49ers don’t need that at quarterback or anywhere on their roster. Some NFL team will sign him, but he will be converted to a tight end or fullback. Early reports are saying Tebow still wants to play quarterback. But his chances of finding even a backup job are slim. Unless he goes to the Canadian Football League.

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