Tim Tebow: Trading Jets Backup QB Will Only Prolong Drama in New York

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets takes his only snap against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 28-9.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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The Tim Tebow drama in New York simply won’t end.

It was obvious from the start of Tebow’s tenure in New York that the coaching staff had no intention of incorporating the young star in the team’s offensive schemes, and the question about what the organization will do with the enigmatic star this offseason is one of the hottest topics.

While many experts knew the Jets would try to trade Tebow—or subsequently cut him if a deal wasn’t worked out—the latest report is that the New York organization has no intention of cutting the star.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets have no plans to release the polarizing backup QB if a deal can’t be reached:

The New York Jets do not plan to release quarterback Tim Tebow before the start of the new league year in March and instead will hold on to him with the hopes that they can trade him, according to league sources.

There is no doubt that some of the blame for last year’s debacle should be shouldered by Tebow and the media circus that surrounds him, but he should endure no criticism for the way the Jets performed or the final 6-10 result of the season.

Tebow would have undoubtedly added to the New York offense if incorporated into the game plan, but the 73 offensive plays he ran all in of 2012 proves that Rex Ryan and the coaching staff never really had any intention of letting the former first-round pick shine.

As seen by the results of the team and starting QB Mark Sanchez, the Jets had ample opportunities to plug Tebow in for a full half or for a full game and see what he was capable of, but something stopped them.

There was no reason a player that led the Denver Broncos to the playoffs last season should be limited to just 73 plays; especially on a team that lost 10 games.

The organization should have been examining the kind of player it had on its hands, or at the very least, showing off what Tebow could do to amp up his trade value.

New York would be lucky to get a sixth-round pick for Tebow now.