Tim Tebow Reportedly Attends Jets Program, New York Still Wants to Trade QB
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According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Tebow appeared at workouts but the Jets remain stagnant on their position:
Tim Tebow has arrived for start of Jets voluntary offseason program today. However, I'm told #NYJ is still trying to trade him.— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) April 15, 2013
At this juncture the Jets have to take whatever they can get for Tebow.
It feels like forever now that New York has been trying to find a trade partner. Mehta and Seth Walder had reported in December that Gang Green was planning on trading the polarizing player.
Releasing Tebow would mean the Jets wasting $1.53 million they must pay the Broncos this season as a return on the advance salary the former Heisman Trophy winner received when he signed his NFL contract back in 2010.
Clearly that gives New York extra incentive to split with Tebow, but are there any other options besides trading or releasing him?
This only adds more drama, of course. Considering David Garrard—who signed last month—and Mark Sanchez are both on the roster, Tebow won't see the field with the Jets. After being underutilized in 2012, 2013 will echo similar impact.
Based on his experience and proven consistency alone, Garrard looks like the best option under center right now. Expect him to start when Week 1 rolls around. And despite Tebow offering a more dynamic skill set than Sanchez, the Jets are currently tied down with the latter's incomprehensible contract.
Will what happen to Tebow?
Unfortunately, the Jets will be rolling the dice with any route. Given how long New York has been trying to trade him, finding a willing trade partner is quite unlikely at this point. Especially since the Arizona Cardinals brought in Carson Palmer (via NFL.com's Albert Breer), and the Jacksonville Jaguars have remained inactive.
The Buffalo Bills need a quarterback, but West Virginia's Geno Smith is a potential add through the 2013 NFL draft. This situation would be much different had the Jets held the No. 7 overall pick, as opposed to No. 9.
Right now, the rest of the league shunning a possible trade is dictating what the Jets will end up doing with Tebow. Anticipate New York to either releasing or retaining him, because that's appearing much more likely than a trade entering the draft.
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