Tim Tebow to Lions? Martin Mayhew says 'never say never'

Doug Pensinger

It doesn't sound like the Detroit Lions have interest in signing Tim Tebow, but Martin Mayhew didn't completely close the door on the idea.

The New York Jets finally released quarterback Tim Tebow on Monday morning, bringing his drama-filled one year in the Big Apple to an end. In the hours since this news broke, teams from around the NFL have been shooting down the idea of Tebow signing with their team. Even teams in the CFL are weighing in on the matter, and some don't view Tebow as anything more than a potential backup at quarterback.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew also weighed in on Tebow during an interview with 97.1 The Ticket on Monday morning. Mayhew didn't exactly endorse the idea of Tebow ending up in Detroit, but he didn't completely close the door on it, either. Here's a look at what he had to say via MLive:

"I feel good about our quarterbacks right now," Mayhew said. "We've got four on our roster and we typically go with four. But I'm the kind of guy who never says never."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that earlier in the offseason, Tebow was not willing to move from quarterback to tight end, which is why nobody wanted to trade for him. If he continues to feel this way, I can't see him signing anywhere in the NFL. He needs to realize that his best chance of continuing his career is at a position other than quarterback. That may be tough to swallow, but that's why I respect Denard Robinson so much for switching positions at the end of his career at Michigan. He realized that his future wasn't at quarterback, and now he's a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

If Tebow were to decide that he's open to playing tight end/H-back, then I could see him potentially signing with the Lions. I still don't think it would happen because the Lions wouldn't want deal with the media circus surrounding him, but they are looking for a No. 3 tight end with the ability to play H-back. The Lions drafted Alabama's Michael Williams to fill that role, but like Mayhew said, never say never.

It is worth noting that Lions senior personnel executive Brain Xanders was the Denver Broncos' general manager when they drafted Tebow in 2010. So as unlikely as Tebow signing with the Lions may seem, the front office does have a connection to him.

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