Tim Tebow: NFL Source Believes Jets QB Will Request Trade at End of Season

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets sits on the bench during their season opener against the Buffalo Bills  at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Tim Tebow has always been known as a team player who does anything to help the team win, but he will only be willing to stay on the bench for so long.

It's believed that the quarterback will want to leave the New York Jets if his playing time does not increase during the season, writes Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

An NFL source told Myers:

I think he will be a good soldier. At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on. The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood.

The former Denver Bronco has a contract that runs through the 2014 season, so he will not have a choice to leave himself. Still, it is understandable for a player to request a trade to a place where he has a better opportunity to start.

Tebow had a 7-4 record as a starter last season, including a stretch of six straight wins. His rise to stardom culminated with an 80-yard touchdown pass in an overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the playoffs. 

Unfortunately, his 46.5 completion percentage and questions about his overall throwing ability caused the team to acquire Peyton Manning in the offseason, rendering Tebow expendable. He was subsequently traded to the Jets for two draft picks.

While many believe that he can eventually replace Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback in New York, the fourth-year player responded with one of the best games of his career in Week 1. Sanchez threw three touchdowns and led the team to a 48-point outburst in a win over Buffalo. Meanwhile, Tebow was only able to manage 11 yards on five carries in limited playing time.

It remains to be seen whether the Jets will find a bigger role for the former Florida star this season. If they do not, it could be Tebow's last season in the Big Apple.