Tim Tebow Trade Rumors: Latest Updates and Speculation on Polarizing QB

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets reacts against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Texans won 23-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow made shock waves on Tuesday when Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the New York Jets backup QB has plans to request a trade or be released from the team.

The sparingly used signal-caller came over via trade from the Denver Broncos in the 2012 offseason and never seemed to be a fit with head coach Rex Ryan. That became apparent after reserve QB Greg McElroy was named the starter for the final two games over Tebow.

This was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and the patient backup’s frustration boiled over into this trade request. His availability has certainly piqued the curiosity of a number of franchises around the NFL.

According to an older report by Mehta, a Jacksonville-based television station had found that the Jaguars had expressed some interest in Tebow. It wasn't the first time the former Florida Gator’s hometown team was inquisitive about his services.

Tom Carpenter of ESPN (membership required) noted that the Jags and St. Louis Rams had interest in Tebow prior to the 2012 campaign, but it’s unknown if any franchise still has the QB on the radar.

Regardless, it seems that Tebow’s time in the Big Apple is over, as Mehta tweeted that there will be a mutual split between the two parties at the end of the season:

So, the Jets and Tim Tebow will have a mutual parting of the ways after this season in the form of a trade or release, per source. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2012

While the Jets would apparently prefer to trade the controversial QB—who is owed $2.5 million for next season—rather than cut him, there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner:

Tim Tebow's request to be traded/released after season is only half the equation. The Jets will, indeed, look to trade him, per source. #nyj

— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 20, 2012

Of course, nothing is official yet, as Tebow himself clarified, according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini:

“The backup quarterback is expected to ask out, clarifying, ‘I haven't asked for a trade yet’—the word ‘yet’ hanging in the air.”


We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the latest trade rumors, news, updates, opinions and analysis concerning the inevitable Tim Tebow and New York Jets split.