Tim Tebow (By: Justin Edmonds, Getty Images Sport)
USA TODAY -
It has been too long since we have had a fun Tim Tebow trial balloon to talk about. And voila...
"@MikeSilver: Rams have discussed signing Tim Tebow. Post to come."
"@MikeSilver: "I believe it's unlikely they'll actually sign him."
There are two pieces to this: (1) That the team has even discussed it, and (2) that it is "unlikely."
The Rams' season is spiraling out of contention, if not control. Starting QB Sam Bradford was knocked out of today's loss to Carolina with a knee injury. Back-up Kellen Clemens is hardly the answer (not that Bradford was).
On top of that, the defense was leaky - they gave up more than 10 yards per pass to Cam Newton (although they contained the Panthers' oustanding rushing game) - and the Rams were frustrated into a ton of penalties.
With the loss, the Rams dipped to 3-4, a distant third in the brutal NFC West. The Wild Card spot they were supposed to contend for will be rough sledding - they sit behind a slew of teams.
Tim Tebow certainly wouldn't be their worst option, and - if nothing else - it makes an otherwise mediocre season instantly must-see. (Hint: They might also want to try to get the ball in Tavon Austin's hands more, too.)
The one silver lining to their season - that 2014 first-round draft pick they got from the Redskins for the RG3 pick - also took a hit, when Washington picked up a win over Chicago, rather than continuing to flail.
The Rams need some hope. They might need a QB. They are unsuccessfully treading water at a point in the season where you're either showing improvement or making plans for 2014.
What better moment for Tebow Time?
Now, the gulf between a team thinking about Tebow and actually signing him - that's the "unlikely" part that Silver talks about - is as big as it gets right now in the NFL. But the difference between the Rams' pre-season aspirations and their iffy reality today isn't far behind. The injury uncertainty around Sam Bradford only compounds their problems.
It might be a non-story, but it is Tim Tebow - expect it to eclipse every NFL headline except Manning's return to Indianapolis.