By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s the offseason that keeps on giving.
After a week that included massive trades (Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy), key signings (Ryan Mathews, Byron Maxwell, and DeMarco Murray), and the dismissal of the team’s top wide receiver (Jeremy Maclin), on Monday the Eagles worked out QB Tim Tebow.
“I believe he must have finally said I’ll consider tight end, I’ll consider fullback, I’ll run the read-option at the goal-line or short yardage as a quarterback,” CBSPhilly Sports Director Beasley Reece said Tuesday on the 94WIP Morning Show. “I think he must have said, ‘Coach I will consider allowing you to use as a multi-dimensional athlete.’
Tebow, who miraculously led the Denver Broncos to a playoff victory during the 2011-12 season, has not played in the NFL in over two years.
“I think the coach was intrigued by his skill set and wanted to see for himself,” Reece continued. “If Tebow would play tight-end he would be an amazing tight-end,” Reece said. “The quarterback has the best hands on every football team. He catches more balls than anybody on the team. I assure you that Tebow has excellent hands, would make a great tight-end, great fullback, and a great emergency third-string quarterback. I see none of those extra skills in Matt Barkley.”
Approximately 60-percent of fans, according to the 94WIP Morning Show’s Audio Roadshow question, think Tebow is a better third-string QB option than Barkley.
Howard Eskin, who called last week the “greatest week in a non-football season week for the Eagles” he can ever remember, disagrees.
“He stinks,” Eskin said of Tebow. “He’s not a better option than [Matt] Barkley. Barkley can at least understand the position of the quarterback, at least can throw the football. He may not be good enough obviously to be the starter. Tim Tebow can’t play.
Listen: Howard Eskin on the 94WIP Morning Show
“If he plays another position I would think about it, but Tim Tebow wants to be a quarterback and that’s good,” Eskin said. “It won’t be in the NFL.”
Eskin thinks bringing in Tebow to workout was some sort of a publicity stunt or favor done by Chip Kelly.
“Chip Kelly had to be bored after a week of unbelievable activity,” Eskin said. “I believe that Chip Kelly did somebody a favor to bring him in. Chip Kelly’s got a lot of coaching friends out there and I think Chip Kelly’s agent represents some players, so I don’t know if he represents Tebow or not.”