NFL Trade Rumors: Why the New York Jets Should Not Move Tim Tebow

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IOctober 26, 2012

Oct. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) reacts after a first down on a fake punt on the first play of the second quarter against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE
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Tim Tebow has been nothing more than a unnecessary novelty for the New York Jets this season, an over-hyped decoy that's accounted for 32 yards passing and 76 yards rushing in seven games. 

After teasing a special "Tebow" package during the preseason, Rex Ryan has rendered the team's most talked about offseason acquisition useless, giving him a mere 25 touches thus far. 

But that doesn't mean the Jets should trade him.'s Rich Cimini suggested the move in a recent column and possible landing spot articles have run rampant ever since. 

Actually, they'd be much smarter to keep him on the team. 

Based on super low expectations set forth by the masses for Gang Green's regular season, as it currently stands, the Jets have to be happy with a 3-4 record that has them one game out of the AFC East lead and in the thick of the wild-card race. 

They've gotten to this point with an offense that ranks 28th in the league in yards per drive, and 20th in points per drive. Mark Sanchez was great against a susceptible New England Patriots secondary in Week 7, but only Andrew Luck, Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel have a lower quarterback rating right now and no one has a lower completion percentage.

You know that vaunted "ground-and-pound" running game Ryan spoke of at length in the offseason? It averages 3.7 yards per carry. 

The point here is that New York has been as equally mediocre as seemingly the rest of the AFC, and has done so with Tebow hardly being a part of an offense that's undeniably desperate for playmakers. 

Tebow could certainly be featured more prominently. 

Essentially, for the Jets offense, the only place to go is up. Though Tebow isn't a dynamic throwing quarterback, he can make plays. 

Sure, there's a good chance the signing of Tebow was motivated by the media attention he'd bring, but there's no need for such an anemic offense to not use a guy who's been relatively productive in his career—especially on the ground. 

Also, another reason why the Jets shouldn't trade Tebow lies within the unsteadiness of Sanchez. 

Remember how we all made wagers on when Sanchez would totally implode, Tebow chants would then rain from the Met Life Stadium seats and Ryan would bench the 2009 first-rounder? 

Well, Sanchez hasn't experienced a major meltdown yet, but if he does, Tebow is insurance New York was willing to purchase this offseason. 

Why waste it?

Tebow probably isn't the sole savior of the Jets team that may or may not struggle in the season's second half, but they aren't a better club without him.