Tim Tebow Reportedly Will Not Return to New York Jets Next Season

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIDecember 20, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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According to a report by Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday, New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow will not return to the team next season.

This comes on the heels of news that the Jets will reportedly try to trade the recently benched Mark Sanchez.

The former Denver Broncos savior, who keyed a magical run to the 2011 playoffs, hasn't seen much action in the Big Apple, attempting only eight passes and seeing the field mostly for spot-duty running plays.

Martin offered specifics from behind the scenes:

A league source confirmed to Newsday on Thursday that Tebow won't return for the 2013 season -- a day after the backup quarterback expressed visible frustration in the locker room over his lack of use this season. The source said the Jets will try to trade Tebow during the offseason, but if a trade partner cannot be found, they'll release Tebow prior to the free-agency period in March.

As cool-headed as Tebow has proven to be throughout his short but storied NFL career from the time he was a first-round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, it's hard to blame him for showing visible frustration with his role in New York.

GM Mike Tannenbaum traded a fourth-round pick and sixth-round pick to acquire Tebow and a seventh-rounder. Combined with the hiring of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who is known for his craftiness and creativity in the running game, it was inferred that Tebow's role would be significant.

That's not how it has turned out, however.

Despite the repeated late-game heroics Tebow displayed in Denver, he hadn't played a full series at quarterback until one drive in Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. After head coach Rex Ryan decided to bench Mark Sanchez—who had five turnovers in that game—for Greg McElroy, it became apparent that the Jets had no interest in Tebow as any sort of future quarterback option.

Tebow has been treated unfairly by the Jets organization, to say the least.

Given the alleged choice between hometown Jacksonville and New York, Tebow would have likely chosen differently last offseason had he known what the future held with the Jets.

Where Tebow ends up remains to be seen. Several teams are in desperate need of a starting quarterback, but may be reluctant to pursue him. Even with Sanchez struggling, the Jets never made the move to put Tebow under center—a red flag, to say the least. 

Whether or not there is an NFL team willing to make Tebow its No. 1 signal-caller, his career is sure to remain under the microscope for the foreseeable future.