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With NFL future uncertain, Tim Tebow will always have a home in the Arena Football League

Jay Busbee
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Tim Tebow. (Getty Images)

Look, we can all agree that the Tim Tebow Experiment in New York has been a catastrophic misfire; to call it a dumpster fire would be to denigrate the sublime beauty (and scent) of dumpster fires. Will Tebow remain a Jet? Will he get dealt or cut? Who knows, but we do know this: Tebow does have a job waiting for him in the Arena Football League.

The Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi aired the idea of Tebow playing in the Arena League in one of those poking-the-trolls columns, but in the course of that, he got a quote from Orlando Predators owner Brett Bouchy. And Bouchy invoked an impressive name in making the case for Tebow joining the video game-turned-real league:

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

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Warner, of course, played in the Arena League when he couldn't immediately get an NFL gig. He then went and won a Super Bowl and could well end up in Canton. Ergo, Tebow could set himself up for a fine second act with a bit of seasoning in Orlando. (Of course, Warner also famously bagged groceries after he first got cut by the NFL, so maybe Tebow could sack up a few eggs and milk bottles in a Gainesville Publix for some game prep, too.)

Tebow's future with the Jets is uncertain; no member of the Jets brass has committed to Tebow as a member of the team, much less an integral player. Tebow is due to make $2.6 million in 2013, so dealing him could be rough. And as our Canadian-sister blog 55 Yard Line effectively demonstrated, the Canadian Football League isn't exactly a good destination for him either.

Regardless, Tebow will end up somewhere prominent, whether under center or in a pulpit. We're not done with him yet.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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