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Russian football team trying to lure Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow

New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow speaks to media in the locker room after team football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


Tim Tebow can’t find work in the NFL, but there’s an American football team in Russia that says it will offer him $1 million for two games.

Yes, there are American football teams in Russia.

Mikhail Zaltsman, the owner of one of those teams, the Moscow Black Storm, told the state-owned Russia Beyond the Headlines that he wants Tebow. Zaltsman believes that if Tebow shows up in time to play in the semifinal of the American Football Championship of Russia on September 28, Tebow can lead the team to a victory in the semifinal (against the Moscow Patriots) and then win again in the championship game. Zaltsman claims he personally spoke with Tebow, offered him more money than he would have made for playing a full season for the New England Patriots, and that Tebow wants to do it.

We have offered him $1 million for two games,” Zaltsman told Russia Beyond the Headlines. “I talked with him personally and he wanted to go.”

Unfortunately, according to Zaltsman, Tebow’s agents are strongly urging him not to play, and as a result, Tebow is unlikely to participate in the American Football Championship of Russia.

But who knows? Maybe that $1 million payday will be enough to lure Tebow, and maybe Tebow will lead the Black Storm to the title. Robert Kraft would probably warn Tebow of one thing: If he wins an American Football Championship of Russia ring, he shouldn’t let Vladimir Putin try it on.