Since the end of the 2012 NFL season, it has been suspected by many that Tim Tebow would soon be a former member of the New York Jets.
That has yet to happen, and the quarterback is ready to start preparing for a second season year in the Big Apple. The New York Post first reported that Tebow will participate in the Jets’ offseason voluntary workouts on Monday.
New York’s offseason program begins next week, though players are not required to show up. Darrelle Revis will almost certainly attend, as well, despite reports that the team wants to trade the cornerback. Revis will miss out on a $3 million bonus if he doesn’t go to the workouts.
There have been rumors that the club is trying to trade Tebow, but there have been no interested teams. The backup has two years left on his contract, and New York may be forced to make Tebow a free agent. According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.com, there’s a good chance the signal caller will be released after the NFL Draft.
After acquiring Tebow from the Denver Broncos, head coach Rex Ryan and former general manager Mike Tannenbaum indicated that the quarterback would play a major role in the team’s offense. That didn’t prove to be the case, as Tebow threw just eight passes and ran the ball 32 times in 2012.
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It seems like only a matter of time before the Jets are forced to get rid of the former Heisman Trophy winner. The Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster after recently signing David Garrard.
With Mark Sanchez’s disappointing 2012 campaign, New York has not named a starter for 2013. Even if Tebow is still on the roster when training camp begins, it’s not likely that he’d get the job. When Sanchez was benched for a game in December, Greg McElroy got the nod over Tebow.