The team will not immediately release Tebow once the new league year begins because it still wants to trade away its star punt protector, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Jets would like to get a mid- to late-round draft pick for Tebow, Schefter writes, though that seems to be a tough sell.
Or as former Packers executive Andrew Brandt tweets, “Uh, good luck with that.”
Considering Jets owner Woody Johnson reportedly told general manager candidates the Tebow trade from Denver was forced upon him -- a weird stance for the team's ultimate boss to take, no? -- it sounds like New York wants to flip Tebow onto somebody else.
The only concern with that: The rest of the league presumably watched Tebow play this season, and the other teams have observed Tebow Time and all its controversy engulf a fan base and the rest of the Jets squad. Tebow was an unmitigated disaster this season, though clearly he's not fully to blame for that (in fact, Tebow probably should be getting less blame than anybody else in this whole charade).
Last year, the Jaguars and owner Shad Khan were interested in obtaining Tebow from Denver. That's no longer the case.
"I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar -- even if he's released," new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell last month.
And this answer from Jacksonville tight end Marcedes Lewis on what he thought about Tebow joining the Jaguars:
"My honest answer?" Lewis said last month. "No, no. I'm going into my eighth year, I've had about four or five different quarterbacks ... we need a guy that's going to put us over the hump right now -- not a project. Not taking anything away from Tebow, but we need a pure quarterback."
That, of course, is the problem with Tebow. He's not a pure quarterback. He's an athlete who probably could play another position in the NFL, and by most accounts, he's a good teammate. But it seems likely his starting quarterback days are over, and that won't help the Jets find somebody to take him off their hands.
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