Tebow might not be on a roster currently, but he's ready if â€” and in his mind, when â€” an NFL team calls. His offseason regimen started with a visit to Tom House, the throwing-mechanics guru who has worked with Tom Brady and other notable quarterbacks on refining their games, and it continued with what appears to be grueling workout with trainer Ian Danney.
"I feel great,"Â Tebow told Phoenix-area TV station KSAZ. "I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement."
Check out the video below. Tebow always has been quite the workout warrior, and despite him not taking a snap since the 2012 season or starting a game since 2011, Tebow still appears to be in fantastic shape.
But can he play? For the past few years, the NFL consensus has been no â€” at least not as a quarterback. The New England Patriots brought him in for training camp last year, but he was cut and has not gotten a whiff of an NFL offer since.
At this point, it would be natural to assume that Tebow's chances of making it back to the league are quite remote. But good luck convincing him of that.
"One of my favorite quotes is, 'I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.' And in that, it gives you peace to just continue to work, go after what your heart desires and when you do that, you don't have any regrets. I think that's the best way to live life," Tebow said.
Undaunted, Tebow will continue to work and wait for another chance, and it's not unheard of for a player of note to be out of the league for an entire season and make his way back in â€” Randy Moss did it a few years back with the San Francisco 49ers, and Brandon Lloyd, who didn't play in 2013, is trying to do the same, also with the Niners.
It's different â€” and more rare, however â€” for a quarterback to be afforded that same chance, but you never know. A desperate and open-minded team willing to work around Tebow's well-documented throwing limitations could find a way to bring him in and exploit his notable athletic skills and unique blend of talents. Heck, maybe Jim Harbaugh might be exactly the kind of coach Tebow needs.
But Tebow remains well behind, with dozens of NFL hopeful quarterbacks having been marinating in their respective teams' systems for much if not all of the offseason, while Tebow merely has been working out on his own.
He has a job â€”Â Tebow has a deal to be an analyst for the SEC Network this fall, but he'll glady give up TV for the NFL if some team comes calling, and there's an "out" clause in his contract that allows him to do so freely.
The problem, in part, has been Tebow's unwillingness to this point to consider a position switch, or even to consider any of the professional leagues outside the NFL, as a way of sticking around as a football player. It will be interesting to see which, if either, comes true first.