Tim Tebow: Jets Won't Find Trade Partner For Controversial QB

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MARCH 26:  Quarterback Tim Tebow addresses the media as he is introduced as a New York Jet at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on March 26, 2012 in Florham Park, New Jersey. Tebow, traded from the Denver Broncos last week, will be the team's backup quarterback according to Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, started 11 games in 2011 for Denver and finished with a 7-4 record as a starter. He led the Broncos to a playoff overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round before eventually losing to the New England Patriots in the next round.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets are reportedly shopping Tim Tebow at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, but it's a hopeless cause.

ESPN's Rich Cimini first broke the story:

The Jets will try to shop him at this week's scouting combine. The first day they can trade him is March 12, so they might keep him until then with the hope that they can swing a deal.

There won't be a single team willing to part with valuable draft picks in order to acquire a player who might not be better than half of the quarterbacks coming out of this year's draft.

I can't fault new general manager John Idzik for making a necessary attempt to get rid of Mike Tannenbaum's greatest folly, but the truth of the matter is that teams could just as easily draft Collin Klein in Round 7—a player who compares favorably to Tebow. 

Tebow isn't a pocket passer, and he isn't fast enough to run the same kind of read-option that was so successful for young quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III this past year. 

He's a player who needs to completely reinvent himself to become a competent NFL quarterback. Tebow will always be a tremendous athlete, but the physical running style that worked so well for him in college just doesn't fly in today's NFL. 

In his short pro career, Tebow has completed just 47.9 percent of his passes, and many of his incompletions stem from woefully inaccurate throws that sometimes fall well short of the target.

If he's ever going to succeed as a starting signal-caller in the NFL, he needs to become an efficient passer who relies on flawless mechanics—a daunting process that will surely take two years or longer to accomplish. 

Even discounting Tebow's limitations as a passer, any team that trades for him would be on the hook for his $2.59 million contract in 2013. If there are any teams out there interested in taking on a project, the smart move would be to wait until the Jets release him and then wait until he clears waivers. 

The Jets want to get something in return for their costly investment from a year ago, but it's not going to happen.

Tebow is simply untradeable.