The St. Lucie Mets almost needed a new outfielder.
Prior to agreeing to a deal with former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, the Miami Dolphins “considered” signing Tim Tebow — who is currently playing in left field for the Mets’ Single-A affiliate — according to the Miami Herald.
Tebow, who hasn’t thrown a regular season pass since 2012, was one of several quarterbacks the Dolphins considered before pursuing Cutler, according to The Herald. The Dolphins’ quarterback desperation is a result of starter Ryan Tannehill reinjuring his knee in practice Thursday and potentially needing season-ending surgery.
Cutler retired from the NFL this offseason in order to pursue a broadcasting career with FOX Sports. The one-year, $ 10 million deal the Dolphins offered, however, was apparently too good to pass up.
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In addition to Tebow, the Dolphins also considered signing Colin Kaepernick and Kyle Orton, among others. Tebow, Kaepernick and Orton were part of a longer list of quarterbacks the Dolphins contemplated pursuing “before discarding for multiple reasons in favor of Cutler,” The Herald reports.
It’s unclear how serious the Dolphins were in potentially signing Tebow, as The Herald reports some of the players the team considered “were eliminated very quickly.”
While a Tebow return may seem far-fetched, the popular quarterback and Dolphins head coach Adam Gase have a history together. Gase was the Broncos’ quarterback’s coach in 2011 when Tebow helped lead the Broncos to a division title and a wild card win over the Steelers in the playoffs.
Tebow, 29, has a career quarterback rating of 75.3. He completed 47.9 percent of his passes for 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his brief three-year career with the Broncos and Jets.
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Last year Tebow announced he was pursuing a professional baseball career. The former quarterback is currently batting .262 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 38 games with the St. Lucie Mets.
Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this offseason. Despite completing nearly 60 percent of his passes last season and throwing 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions, the Seahawks have been the only team to even bring the polarizing quarterback in for a visit, before opting not to sign him.
It is widely believed Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest last season is a major reason why teams have refrained from signing him, leading players like Richard Sherman to believe Kaepernick is being “blackballed” by the league.
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