Tim Tebow Will Reportedly Request Trade If Greg McElroy Starts for Rest of Year

Austin GreenCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2012

Tim Tebow will request to be released or traded from the New York Jets if the team starts Greg McElroy at quarterback for the rest of the season, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Next domino in Jets QB situation: Tim Tebow will request to be traded/released after season assuming McElroy starts last 2 games, per source

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 19, 2012

UPDATE: Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 4:27 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

With trade wins swirling, Tebow addressed the rumors on Wednesday. According to New York Newsday's Bob Glauber, the Jets quarterback said there has been no trade request:

Tim Tebow said he had not asked to be traded. Said any such discussions will take place after the season. #hesgone

— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) December 19, 2012

Like Glauber, I find it interesting that he left open the end of the season caveat. To put it mildly, something tells me that this saga won't be ending anytime soon. 

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This report comes just hours after Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced McElroy would start Week 16 against the San Diego Chargers.  

After being acquired by the Jets in March, Tebow is clearly frustrated with his lack of playing time in New York. He has thrown just eight passes this season, including the one incompletion against the Tennessee Titans on Monday. As Yahoo! Sports' Brian McIntyre notes, Tebow has logged just 71 snaps (7.58 percent) on offense and 59 snaps (14.57 percent) on special teams for New York.

Although he did not start the game, Tebow was inserted for one full series against Tennessee. But after a quick three-and-out, he was benched again in favor of Mark Sanchez. Sanchez went on to commit five total turnovers, three of which came in the final 8:44 of the fourth quarter.

The Jets lost, 14-10, and the defeat officially eliminated them from playoff contention.

After the debacle, a dejected Rex Ryan announced Tuesday that McElroy—who led the Jets to a 7-6 win over Arizona in Week 13—would get the start this Sunday in the team's regular-season home finale.

McElroy was solid in his lone appearance, completing 5-of-7 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.

The Jets selected the former Alabama quarterback in the seventh round (208th overall) of the 2011 NFL draft.