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Report: Jets will try to shop Tim Tebow at NFL combine

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Could Tim Tebow excel in the CFL? (Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the Jets began dumping salaries to get under the salary cap. Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith, and Jason Smith were released, saving some $32 million.

This is just the beginning, of course. New general manager John Idzik might not be able to fire Rex Ryan, but he's got free rein to fix a depth chart that became burdened with overpriced veterans in recent years. Punt protector and backup quarterback Tim Tebow qualifies. He's set to make $2.6 million in base salary next season and, for any number of reasons, isn't a good fit in New York.

Which is why, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini, the Jets will try to shop Tebow at the 2013 NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. The organization can trade him on March 12, and if nothing comes of that (and, really, we can't imagine there will be much interest), it's reasonable to assume that Tebow will join Scott, Pace and the Smiths among the ranks of the released.

We've written previously that Tebow's best chance at NFL redemption might come in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla. Except that, last month, new Jaguars general manager David Caldwell slammed the door on any such speculation.

"He is a member of the New York Jets, so I can't imagine a scenario where he would be a Jacksonville Jaguar," Caldwell said during a January press conference. "I can't imagine a scenario where Tim Tebow would be a Jacksonville Jaguar. Even if he's released."

If Tebow hits free agency and can't find any NFL suitors, the consensus seems to be that he should take his game north of the border. But it's not clear he would have success in the Canadian Football League, either.

In Peter King's Tuesday Morning Quarterback mail bag column, reader Chris from Winnipeg offered up a convincing argument why the CFL won't magically solve Tebow's quarterbackin' issues.

"There's a lot of talk about Tebow going to have to come play up here in Canada if he wants to stay a quarterback," Chris wrote King. "I just don't think it will help him. The same positives/negatives would affect him. Sure, his size and running ability would become more of an asset due to the larger field (65 yards wide, 110 long) and smaller defenders (CFL linebackers are more like safeties due to the greater need for coverage) but his throwing issues will be more pronounced. Larger ball, larger field, one less down, and the potential for a much larger weather factor. Just don't think that Tebow has any chance of going Flutie on us up here, then going south again to find success."

Fine points, all of them, but we can't imagine Tebow playing in the CFL for another reason: His image. After all, he wasn't willing to be traded to the Jaguars last offseason. In fact, the best chance to see Tebow in person might be at one of his church-related speaking appearances.

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