Tim Tebow Reportedly Likely to Be Released from Jets Following 2013 NFL Draft

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IApril 9, 2013

Do not anticipate Tim Tebow to remain with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets for the 2013 NFL season.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Tebow's departure is likely to occur after the draft:

Tebow is under contract for two more seasons, but his future with the team has been an ongoing storyline in the offseason. The Jets would like to trade him, sources said, but there has been no market and they're expected to release him after the draft.

The Jets are calling it an open competition, but they have no plans to include Tebow, sources said.

Call it redundant, but this is obviously not surprising.

For one, the Jets are tied down with Mark Sanchez's contract situation.

Second, there's no logical need for Tebow with David Garrard on board.

Garrard also said in March that he has a chance to be the No. 1 signal-caller, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. "They told me I’d have a chance to compete for the starting job," Garrard said. "When I saw an opportunity to be able to compete for a job, I thought that was good for me and my family."

Therefore, even if Tebow receives an opportunity to compete for the starting role, Garrard's presence only makes it tougher to win.

Garrard surpasses Tebow by a long shot regarding experience, established development and overall production: 71 passing touchdowns to 41 picks and a 63 percent completion rate from 2007 through 2010.

Despite Tebow's surge with the Denver Broncos in 2011, he still only managed a 46.5 completion percentage and fumbled 13 times, along with tossing six interceptions. Combined with an abysmal preseason in 2012, the Jets had reasonable cause for concern.

Although Garrard's absence from the field the past two years is definitely concerning, his ability to read pre-snap, buy time out of the pocket and toss with solid marksmanship should appeal to the team. Tebow may provide a strong arm and mobility, but improvisation only impacts the game to a certain extent in pro football.

Certainly Tebow deserved better from the Jets, and giving him more time at the helm would have done Gang Green's offense some good. The 2013 quarterback situation, though, is different than 2012 with a veteran capable of immediately overtaking Sanchez.