Tim Tebow Trade Rumors: Conflicting Reports Surround Jets QB's Availability

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets completes drills before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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There is never a clear consensus when it comes to New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow. Some love him, some hate him. He can't throw, but he wins games. 

But the question is, when it comes to the trade rumors surrounding the third-year signal-caller, will or won't he be moved by Thursday's trade deadline?

Action News WTEV's Steve Wrigley in Jacksonville, reported on Tuesday that the Jaguars were attempting to acquire Tim Tebow from the New York Jets via a last-minute trade: "Sources tell Action Sports, the Jaguars are making a play to trade for Tebow before the trade deadline this Thursday."

Before Jaguars fans even had time to get excited though, NBC Sports Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith shot down the rumors, citing credible sources in the process:

Multiple other reporters, however, including Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Albert Breer of NFL Network, have already thrown cold water on the report, and said there are no talks between the Jets and Jaguars.

With conflicting reports surrounding the Jets backup quarterback so close to the deadline, we won't have to wait long to find out which one is accurate. If nothing happens by Thursday's deadline, then Tebow will be a Jet for the rest of the year.

Tebow has played in all eight games for New York this season. He has completed 2-of-3 passes for 32 yards and has another 78 yards rushing on 23 attempts. 

Still, the Jaguars could use the emotional boost from acquiring Tebow. Jacksonville is 1-6 this season and has lost four straight games coming into its Week 9 matchup with the Detroit Lions. The Jaguars rank dead last in the NFL in passing offense and points scored this season.

Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert is completing just 55.6 percent of his passes in 2012 and boasts a total quarterback rating of 43.3 after the first eight weeks of the season.


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