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Tebow not a fit for Bucs; at least not as a quarterback

Posted Apr 29, 2013 by Roy Cummings

Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 03:14 PM


  BY ROY CUMMINGS
Tribune Staff

TAMPA – Tim Tebow’s fascinating yet disappointing year-long run on Broadway will officially come to an end at 4 p.m. today when the New York Jets decision to release him officially kicks in.

What everyone, including Buccaneers fans, wants to know now is where will Tebow land next. It’s hard to know but the likelihood of him landing in Tampa is quite slim, at best.

The Bucs have no interest in Tebow as a quarterback, in part because he doesn’t really fit their prototype as a big-armed deep passer and also because they just added a prospect with that quality in third-round draft pick Mike Glennon.

There may, however, be some interest in Tebow as a fullback or tight end. The only problem is, Tebow has yet to express any desire to play either of those positions.

Should Tebow ever change his mind, the Bucs just might take a stab at him. They could use some depth at both positions and they have a history under general manager Mark Dominik of moving prospects from one position to another.

They did that a couple years ago with fullback Erik Lorig. The Bucs drafted Lorig as a defensive end out of Stanford in the seventh round in 2010 and immediately moved him to tight end before eventually making him theri starting fullback.

They also did something similar with right tackle Demar Dotson, who first played football as a defensive lineman at Southern Mississippi but has since been developed into an effective offensive lineman.

For that reason alone the Tebow watch is worth following. Tebow is likely to find out very soon that few teams have any interest in him whatsoever as a quarterback and that his NFL future, if he has one, likely lies at another position.

If Tebow ever comes to that realization and decides to let all 32 NFL teams in on it there will probably be a spike in the interest NFL teams have in him. The Bucs might even have some interest at that point but until then they’re not investing in Tebow’s off-Broadway production.

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