Tim Tebow Rumors: Dolphins Ready To Sign Him? [UPDATE]

By Jason Van Hoven, Posted: 05/02/13 12:02PM EDT

Have the Miami Dolphins emerged as the favorites to sign recently-released quarterback Tim Tebow as a possible backup for Ryan Tannehill?

According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who spoke to 560 WQAM on Wednesday, he "wouldn't be shocked" if the Dolphins sign Tebow, whom the New York Jets released just days after they drafted West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith in the second round. He added that the Dolphins haven't publicly come out and said they didn't have interest in the controversial quarterback because owner Stephen Ross is a fan of the fourth-year man.

It does make sense from the perspective of playing in Florida for the Dolphins to sign Tebow. He played college football at University of Florida and he grew up in Jacksonville. Remember, too, that the Dolphins set up a day of celebration for former University of Florida players when Miami hosted the Denver Broncos in 2011 when Tebow was the starting quarterback of the team and led it to an 18-15 overtime victory.

On the flipside, though, the Dolphins probably don't want to welcome what could be another "Tebowmania" distraction into the locker room amid all the aggressive moves that general manager Jeff Ireland is currently making to form the Dolphins into contenders. That distraction can only become amplified because of the simple fact that Tebow played and lived in Florida for much of his life.

On top of that, the Dolphins already invested a lot in drafting Tannehill No. 8 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft to be the franchise quarterback, so even if Tebow was brought in, he'd most likely be relegated to backup. Tannehill, despite throwing more interceptions than touchdowns in his rookie campaign last season, needs work and a second season at the helm could do him a lot of justice in improvement.

However, there may be something to what Rosenhaus is saying. Ross is -- or at least has been -- a fan of Tony Sparano, who was let go as Dolphins head coach in December 2011 and was also Tebow's offensive coordinator last year with the Jets. That connection alone could be the ticket for Tebow time in Miami.

Update: According to the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Tebow "isn't in the Dolphins' plans" for 2013 despite the rumors. Contrary to what some thought, Tebow wasn't working out for the Dolphins on Thursday, and didn't take a physical with the team. However, while Tebow "hasn't been discussed," a team source said that he "hasn't been ruled out completely."


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