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MONTREAL (AP) - The Montreal Alouettes would welcome Tim Tebow to the CFL _ provided he’s willing to compete for a job as a backup quarterback.
Anthony Calvillo is entrenched as Montreal’s quarterback. The 40-year-old Calvillo is entering his 20th CFL season and assesses his career on a year-to-year basis. That would leave Tebow to contend with former Boston College star Quinton Porter, a five-year CFL veteran, for the No. 2 spot.
“If Tim Tebow wants to come to Canada we’d definitely welcome him,” general manager Jim Popp said. “That’s why we have him on our neg list and we’d take a look at him and see if he can play in Canada, but it would obviously be competing for a backup job.”
Playing Canadian football would present Tebow with clear challenges, given the importance of the passing game on the longer, wider CFL field.
“None of us know if he can really play in Canada either so it would be a project to see what he’s capable of doing,” Popp said. “Tim Tebow has a strong arm. You hear about the knocks on his throwing whether it’s accuracy or touch. If you’re going to have success in Canada you’re going to have to be able to throw the ball all over the field.”
“I think right now there’s 32 NFL teams that aren’t willing to do that. That doesn’t mean a CFL team wouldn’t in the future. But, again, until you have him and really figure out what he can and can’t do you don’t really know.”
But a CFL team with Tebow would also have to adjust to his celebrity. The two-time NCAA champion’s No. 15 jersey with Denver ranked second in U.S. sales to Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers in 2011.
“I don’t know what his process is going to be, if any, or if he even has an interest in playing in another league outside the NFL,” he said. “If they end up having that discussion I’m sure we’ll hear from them and we’ll move from there.”
Popp said Montreal also has former Texas star quarterback Vince Young on its negotiation list, and Young’s representatives have spoken to the Alouettes twice. Each time the message has been the same: If Young came to Quebec, it would be as Calvillo’s backup.
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