|It looks like Tebow's staying in New York. (US Presswire)|
Some seven months after the Jets traded for Tim Tebow and then kept him on the sidelines for much of the first seven weeks of the season, the team has no plans to ship him out of New York ahead of the NFL's Tuesday trade deadline. Sources tell the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that in addition to keeping Tebow around, coach Rex Ryan would like to get the backup quarterback/punt protector more involved in the offense going forward.
This isn't a completely surprising development; Jets owner Woody Johnson said earlier this month that Tebow would remain in New York for the life of his contract.
“Are we going to keep Tebow? Absolutely,” Johnson said at the time. “He'll be with us for three years … I think he's going to be a real valuable asset in terms of helping us win games.”
That said, some folks think the Jets should cut bait on Tebow after seven weeks. ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini wrote Tuesday that if the former Florida star is only going to be on the field for a handful of snaps a game, "the Jets should consider dealing him before [the] trading deadline. Maybe his hometown team, the moribund Jacksonville Jaguars, who expressed interest in him before he was traded to the Jets, would be willing to listen. They could use some excitement down there."
Cimini notes that it won't happen -- the Jets aren't going to admit they made a mistake when they acquired Tebow, and it doesn't sound like Johnson would be willing to pull the plug anyway.
So Tebow remains a member of the Jets for now -- and in all likelihood the rest of the season. Whether Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano figure out how to best use him is another issue.
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