Tim Tebow said he plans to attend offseason workouts for the New York Jets, but odds are good the quarterback won’t be on the roster by the time the 2013 NFL Draft is over.
Tebow has one uneventful season under his belt with the Jets, one in which the team struggled to find ways to utilize the running-threat quarterback. Tebow played sparingly on offense, throwing only eight passes all year, and instead playing as a punt protector.
Though Tim Tebow said he plans to participate in whatever workouts he’s required to, the Jets are clearly making plans without Tebow. The team signed David Garrard to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback role.
Tebow only remains on the roster because the Jets have been trying to trade him, Dan Graziano of ESPNNewYork.com has reported. Graziano said it’s possible that the team could hold onto Tebow until the 2013 NFL Draft, cutting him if they cant swing a trade for him.
The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan seemed to lose interest in playing Tebow at all as the season wore on. The Wildcat package that featured him was scaled back, leading to Tebow to grow more vocal in his unhappiness with the team.
The Tebow mismanagement wasn’t just in his lack of playing time. In the team’s Thanksgiving night matchup with the Patriots, Tebow was kept in uniform and active despite badly injured ribs. When Sanchez had a woeful performance, the New York fans called for Tebow to come in, but he was physically unable to enter the game.
The normally quiet Tebow even expressed his displeasure at seeing his role cut just one season after leading the Denver Broncos to the playoffs and a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s not clear where Tim Tebow will end up once he is cut by the Jets. There have been rumors that he would be traded to the Seattle Seahawks, but that never materialized. Some think he will still have a place in the NFL and probably even as a starter, but as a tight end or fullback instead of quarterback.