By Paul Roumeliotis
Quarterback Tim Tebow was released from the New England Patriots on Friday. After clearing waivers, he has officially become a free agent. If Tebow can't find another job in the NFL, though, it's been presumed he'll wind up in the CFL.
But with Marc Trestman in Chicago, that's hardly a certain move.
Before the 2010 NFL Draft, the Montreal Alouttes -- coached by Trestman -- acquired Tebow's CFL rights. Trestman's now with the Bears, and Alouettes coach Jim Popp told reporters on Monday, "we haven't spoken to Tebow or his representative."
Earlier, Popp said: "I own his rights and I never even spoke to the guy."
The pieces never quite fell into place for Tebow in the NFL. A first-round pick of Denver, he played two years there before being traded to the New York Jets following the signing of Peyton Manning. Tebow saw limited playing time in New York and eventually was cut by end of the season. In 2013, Tebow signed with the Patriots but was waived after their preseason finale.
Trestman's plan to build his team around Tebow three years ago went to scraps after Tebow's name was called by the Broncos in the NFL Draft. Now, with Trestman coaching the Bears, it's unclear if Montreal would even want him.
Although there's the wrinkle: Apparently, a Russian-league team is courting Tebow.