Jets Are Foolish to Try to Trade Tim Tebow and Other AFC East News

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IFebruary 4, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 23: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets leaves the field after loss to San Diego Chargers at MetLife Stadium on December 23, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are not ready to give up on the Tim Tebow experiment just yet. Not completely, at least.

They should just get it over with already.

According to a report this weekend from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Jets will hang on to Tebow with the slim hopes of finding a trade partner for the quarterback. That serves as the alternative to releasing him completely.

The Broncos were only able to yield a fourth-round pick for Tebow last March, just months removed from compiling an 8-5 overall record and earning a playoff win. Somehow, the Jets managed to make his stock drop even further from that point, giving him 77 total offensive snaps on the season (7.02 percent of the team total). 

Why did things happen the way they did? Rich Cimini of ESPN New York shed some light on it in his Sunday notes column:

Since the season ended, we've come to learn that the relationship between Tony Sparano and Tim Tebow was strained, and that Sparano's lack of faith in Tebow was a big reason why he didn't play much, according to sources.

Tebow is becoming a sideshow (if he hasn't made the full transition already), and has now been cast off by both the Broncos and the Jets while head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano have never fully embraced his presence on their respective rosters.

A trade isn't the only option for moving on from Tebow; the Jets could just as easily release him. The Jets could save approximately $1,531,875 on the salary cap if they were to make him a free man. 

It's so easy for the Jets to cut him, and it's so obvious that they should do it, so why would anyone try to trade for him? So, it seems, whether it's a trade or a release, Tebow will not be a Jet next year.

Here's some more news from around the AFC East.


Miami Dolphins

According to Ben Volin of The Palm Beach PostPackers wide receiver Greg Jennings jokingly beckoned to Joe Philbin, "Joe, how you doing? Remember me?"

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald points out what he thinks the Dolphins must do to get to the Super Bowl anytime in the near future.


New England Patriots

James Christensen of shares an open thread on the Patriots' chances at returning to the Super Bowl in 2014.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston wonders whether the Patriots will end up traveling to Baltimore for the Ravens' home opener as Super Bowl champions.

Bleacher Report Patriots featured columnist Mike Dussault offers up a fresh Patriots mock draft.


New York Jets

Mike Donnelly of delivers a Jets stock watch.

B/R Jets featured columnist Ryan Alfieri explains why the Jets aren't as far from playoff contention as you may think.


Buffalo Bills

B/R correspondent Robert Quinn lists the best Bills players in franchise history.

Brian Galliford of lists the top 14 players (internal and external) the Bills should be targeting in free agency. 


Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.