Tim Tebow's Trade Value Would Be Diminished If Jets Start QB in Week 17

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 09:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 9, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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As much as fans of the New York Jets don’t want to hear about the future while their team wallows in squalor, the Jets must continue to sit enigmatic backup quarterback Tim Tebow to keep his trade value up for the offseason.

Tebow will likely not return to the Jets in 2013, and New York is just trying to keep the young star off the field as much a possible to further mask his inefficiencies; it’s a smart move.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting that the next step for Tebow on his quest to get to a team that will start him at quarterback is to request a trade:

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

Tim Tebow scheduled to earn $2.6M base salary in 2013. If Jets cant find trading partner, they can cut him w/ minimal hit on cap (~$1M) #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 19, 2012

New York head coach Rex Ryan proved from Day 1 that he wasn’t sold on what Tebow had to offer, and used him on the punt coverage team and minimally as a wildcat QB.

Whatever the reasoning, Ryan never utilized Tebow. So why start now?

It’s obvious that Tebow isn’t the long-term answer for the Jets, and from his performance in 2012 so far—2,444 yards, 12 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and eight fumbles—Mark Sanchez is also not the future for Gang Green.

New York is making the right decision starting Greg McElroy over both Sanchez and Tebow this week, to not only see what the team’s second-year, third-string backup QB has in terms of potential, but to keep the other two QBs from hurting their trade value anymore.

Both Sanchez and Tebow should be traded or cut in the offseason, and the duo will only hurt what little value they have left if they are allowed to enter another game.

With a sheer lack of skill players on offense, the Jets have to do what’s best for the team’s future.

The best New York could ask for now is agreeing with Tebow about a trade this offseason and sit him for the last two weeks. Once the offseason hits, the Jets would be lucky to get a fourth-round pick for the backup QB.

No matter how the ties are cut, Tebow and the Jets are better off not letting the polarizing start the final two weeks.


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