Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 9/2/13

Back in April -- before he was signed and promptly cut by the Patriots -- Tim Tebow was extended an invitation to join the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Quarterback guru Steve Clarkson now believes it's time to consider that alternative.

Clarkson, who tutored Tebow during this past offseason, told USA Today Sports on Sunday that the oft-criticized signal-caller needs to continue his career north of the border.

"It's time now to maybe just reconsider a different path to his ultimate dream -- Tim might want to look to the CFL because he may have run out of options in the NFL,'' Clarkson said. "Sitting is not an option for Tim. He's ultra-competitive. He needs to stick to his strength, which is being in a competitive environment.

"Anyone who wants to work on their craft the way Tim does, he just needs to give himself a couple of days and really decide, 'Is this what I want to do?' Clearly, football is still in his blood.''

Of course, this is unlikely to resonate with Tebow, who tweeted after being released, "I will remain in relentless pursuit of continuing my lifelong dream of being an NFL quarterback.''

Clarkson thinks that Tebow playing in the NFL this season is "not realistic."

"I haven't spoken to Tim in a while,'' Clarkson says. "My general thoughts now are, 'We're starting the NFL season. Right now, it's not realistic that he'd be a guy an NFL team is going to pick up."

He's probably right. As long as Tebow is fixated on remaining a quarterback, teams are going to be reluctant to give him a shot, especially with all of the baggage that comes along with his cult-like following.

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