Report: Tebow will ask to be traded or released

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In a move that will surprise no one — not even the most ardent believer that Tim Tebow will absorb any and all indignities and then say he’s “excited” for more — Tebow will ask to be traded or released by the Jets if Greg McElroy starts the last two games of the season, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Tebow surely won’t say anything publicly.  Privately, he’ll make his beliefs known.

Of course, he may not have to.  Why keep a guy that you rarely use?  Unless the Jets simply don’t want to have to worry about facing him in the future, they should let him go.

Tebow, we’d previously been told, picked the Jets over the Jaguars because he believed that Jets coach Rex Ryan desperately wanted Tebow on the team, and fully intended to use him.  In Jacksonville, owner Shahid Khan was pro-Tebow, but the front office and coaching staff were lukewarm.

The Jets could have given the job to Tebow for the final two weeks in the hopes of building trade value.  But if, as Erik Kuselias pointed out during tonight’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, Tebow had performed well in those two games, the green-and-white Tebowmaniacs may have loudly clamored for Tebow to get a crack at the starting job next season.

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149 responses to “Report: Tebow will ask to be traded or released

  1. Tebow never belonged in that classless organization, and I predict he’ll be stuck there longer than Ryan and the GM. They won’t let him go immediately for nothing.

  2. we all know Tim is a backup qb in this league. But the guy belongs on a team for so many more reasons than just holding a clip more.

    He needs to be in a system where he and the starter play the same type of game, so if one goes down then the system is already equiped for the next man up.

    Trade Matt Flynn to the New York Jets, and let Tebow backup Russell Wilson.

  3. I’d love to see him in NE. BB and McDaniels (assuming McDaniels doesn’t leave) could use him in some different ways. The jets couldn’t do anything with Woodhead for crying out loud, under utilizing is the
    team MO. Come on over here Tebow, there’s plenty of success to go around.

  4. Cant blame the guy! He couldnt possibly do worse than Sanchez, and the fact that they are opting to start McElroy instead of Tebow is insult to injury! A real slap in my opinion. Say whst you wanna he did beat the Steelers last year in the playoffs. That shouldve been worth a couple of starts at the end of a lost season IJS

  5. You sound like the rest of these lovesick “fans”. Professional football men in Denver, New York and Jacksonville have determined that Tebow isn’t a starting QB. But, you would have them start him based strictly on the advice of religious fanatics and you?

  6. The Jets are run by a collection of inept boneheads.

    Woody Johnson is probably the most clueless owner in the league if he keeps Rex as coach, Tannebum as GM.

    Rex is waaaaaay overrated(especially by himself) as a head coach, and completely bungled this Tebow charade.

    Tannebum cant draft a quality player if his life depended on it, and is ruining his own career by not firing Rex, and straightening out the Tebow mess.

  7. I think that the first move of the next Jets GM will be to give Tebow his wish. Tim has been the good soldier through all of the chaos of the Jets’ season, and he deserves to be allowed to find his own opportunities.

    If not, I wouldn’t blame Tebow for looking skyward and saying, “I know it’s all part of your plan, Lord, but could you give this mere mortal a clue as to what your plan IS?”

  8. Why did they sign Sanchez to that big contract when he really hadn’t proved himself? Why then bring in Tebow and never really do anything with him? It’s all been so bizarre. Greg’s a good QB. I wish him luck in the final two games.

  9. He should. He’s been treated as a sideshow attraction. Send him to a team who can properly coach him instead of one who wants to sell jerseys.

    Not a Tebow fan, but the guy deserves better.

  10. Understandable and predictable. Hope he gets another shot somewhere like JAX. He can then prove or disprove his ability as a starter/QB.

  11. Maybe you should have actually done something in practice to show you were capable of said starting position.

    You don’t get handed it just because you think you are worthy..

  12. 9ers will be looking for a backup qb next year.
    Who knows, maybe kap will get a concussion and Tebow can be put in as the starter! It’s a land of opportunity over there!

  13. Its all about the money. Money, as in having given Sanchez an extension and 8.25 mil guaranteed for 2013 and the prestigious first round selection. No way, no matter how bad the kid plays, will Rex and Co. ever let him go. No one falls on the sword.

  14. if anything pete carroll would trade flynn for sanchez and 1.5 million to make up the difference before he takes tebow

  15. I never thought it possible but I think Jets fans miss Shottenheimer as OC.

    Meanwhile I think Sanchez may have a better chance playing basketball – for the Washington Generals

  16. this just proves that rex ryan is still a bad head coach and a better defensive coordinator. he’s lost control of this team and both him and the GM go nuts with their draft picks via trades or whatever the case and they haven’t really succeeded at all.

  17. is it so wrong for tebow to want to be a starter in this league. regardless of how well he plays if guys like brady quinn and whom ever is starting for the cardinals can get a job why cant tebow. I doubt that larry fitzgerald would throw much of a fit about tebow throwing for them. I can think of a few teams that should take a long look at their quarterback situation and ask why they are so much better off with who they have.

  18. I can’t understand why they wouldn’t let Tebow play when Sanchez was not playing well. Their season and playoff hopes went down in flames Monday night. What would it hurt to see what Tebow could do?

    Won a playoff game last year with the Broncos.

  19. Tebow can be a qb for six teams right now and make them better. If mcdanials stayed in Denver, he would have gotten the best results. Six teams will take a shot at him.

  20. Quite a few posts opine that Mr. T requested or chose the Jets. Based on his non-role, one wonders what Rex told/promised him prior to the deal being signed. Regardless of how anyone perceives his abilities and skills, Rex and the Jets should not have placed him on the team simply to have him take up a roster spot, which is essentially what they did. It was a complete waste of time for EVERYONE involved. This is a shabby deal and speaks volumes about the Jets and their “brain trust.” Lastly,after witnessing this shoddy transaction, why would any top free agent or high draft choice want to sign with this team? If this can happen to TT, then it can happen to other prospective players as well.

  21. I’m enjoying this December as opposed to last year in that I don’t have to endure Tebow stories. It’s been great. In theory he’s the third string, and he asked to be traded or released? That’s rich. He thinks he’s better than what he really is.

  22. Doesn’t it take two interested parties o consummate a trade? What’s the going rate for an H back?

  23. As much as teams and the media talk about needing a QB having “the intangibles” or “leadership qualities” they really don’t mean it.

    Here is a QB with a winning record as a starter. With a playoff win on his resume (more than Ryan, Stafford, Kaepernick, Newton, Bradford, Freeman, Palmer) and with box office draw. He wins games. Not pretty wins (like the Jets win at all).

    Coaches and WRs don’t like him because he makes them look ineffective. You’re not considered a great coach when you have a QB who wins ugly.

  24. Rightfully so. He had some sway over where he went, and was happy to go to NY under the impression he would be part of the offense and even have a chance to start.

  25. Do you blame him? Not a fan but think he deserves another shot! Took a Broncos team to the playoffs and Knocked out Pittsburgh. Jets Bring him in and for what? Sanchez is awful, there is no way Tebow is worse then him!

  26. cheesewizz says:
    Dec 18, 2012 8:14 PM
    Maybe you should have actually done something in practice to show you were capable of said starting position.

    You don’t get handed it just because you think you are worthy..
    ====================
    Actually, he did something in real games… to the Jets last year… and to the Steelers in the playoffs.

    The kid just wins. There are no style points in the NFL.

  27. Tebow can’t really do much. Can’t throw, we know that..but does anyone remember him trying to catch a pass and it doinked off his helmet? He’s a joke to the nfl.

  28. I am not a big fan of Tebow as a QB; however as a leader and motivated player who exhibits all the qualities you want as a teammate, it is tough to find anyone better. If he were to come here to Jacksonville we couldn’t do any worse than we are this year….so why not?!

  29. I see Timmy is still working the annoying passive-aggressive thing – getting others to demand he get cut or traded for personal gain while playing the its-not-me-I’m-a-humble-guy role. How predictable!

  30. It doesn’t matter where Tebow goes he is NOT a NFL QB. Can’t throw, can’t read defenses and is limited in the type of offensive schemes he can play in. Essentially he is a Tony Rice/Andre Ware/Ty Detmer clone. Great college player…..no chance at being a pro

  31. Tebow’s having a very similar career path to Kurt Warner. He does nothing but win yet gets stabbed in the back by his team. Then he spends some hard times stuck with incompetent, selfish coaches who don’t believe in him, before returning to greatness when given a chance to start.

  32. I’m not a Tebow fan in any shape,manner, or form but he could (potentially) be an upgrade in Jax or Arizona. I’d say he couldn’t be any worse than a few other QBs, but I said that about John Beck last year.

  33. I live in Denver, I have friends working for the organization. he didn’t have a choice. Shame on John elway, for handling everything this way.
    Time tebow did nothing but give 100% in every game he played in. Everyone can question his Arm or skills.
    Nobody can question his heart, his champion attitude or his class.
    Elway dumped him like he didn’t just take the team to 2nd round of playoffs.

    Still, they are not getting past NE. I hope Tom brady brings swift Karma through denver in week 2.
    Shows elway, what a poor way he handled it, and couldn’t even get any further in the playoffs.

  34. Nobody is going to want this sideshow on their team, I see him being out of the league sooner than later. Jacksonville hosted tebow last week, with the same attendance result of hosting the bears and patriots. Everyone is over this guy, as soon as he realizes that things will be much better for him and EVERYONE. You are a backup Teblow, your stats prove it and your practice performance proves it.

  35. BringBackTheFlex says:

    Actually, he did something in real games… to the Jets last year… and to the Steelers in the playoffs.

    The kid just wins. There are no style points in the NFL.
    ==========

    No he doesn’t. He was 7-5 with 3 blowout losses leading a team that with the exact same players + an actual NFL QB is on a 9 game winning streak right now.

    If anything, it appears now that he was holding the Broncos back from what they were capable of.

  36. Yes Denver Defense was great and provided Tebow with opportunities to sustain drives and win games, like 8 in a row. Let him play. He set all kinds of PASSING records in college too no, winning the Heisman?

  37. Snaxdp-time to bag groceries? Are you kidding? The guy has millions, won a Heisman, won a NCAA Championship, has a winning record in the NFL , including winning a playoff game, is a legend in the State of Florida, and has a bright future regardless if he takes another snap in the NFL. I’m curious what you have chosen as a career path, how much money you have made, and your track record of success. Crickets.

  38. Pretty clear that they were calling him the #2 quarterback in name only. I am sure the lack of honesty from the coaching staff is appreciated by the Jet players.

  39. Maybe he should try to switch positions. There have been plenty of players that play a completely different position than they did in college and have found great success in the NFL. He seems like a good guy but maybe pride is getting in the way.

  40. Jets owner has got to clean house. This coach/gm has turned this team into such an embarrassing circus! Coach is a weirdo who doesn’t know how to make personnel decisions nor does the Gen Mgr. How do you give up a draft pick to get a qb (and off coordinator) for wild cat that you never use. Then at end of season refuse to start Tebow out of fear he may play well! almost feel sorry for Jets fan….almost.

  41. It’s so funy bc all I heard when they traded for him was Rex Ryan saying ” team have to game plan for 2 qbs ” lolz, they should have benched Sanchez many weeks ago and gave tebow a shot , I’m not even a tebow fan I don’t think he’s a consint pocket passer but Sanchez was horrible

  42. Tebow would have only worked in New York if they made him the half back and not the back up qb.

    everyone knows that

    had he been the half back and Holmes and Stevin Hill and the Tight End never gotten hurt.

    Just imagine having him in the play every snap as the halfback Mark is the qb Shawn Greene the Rb and Tim the halfback he could throw it ,he could take the snap he may do the option pass deep down the field,they could do the flea flicker , Mark could fake a screen the one way then hit Tim in the flat or Mark could line up as a wide and Tim could run Rg3 style option all this would have worked only if they signed him to be the half back

    you saw this with kordell Stewart ,Vince Young and Michael vick and Brad Smith

  43. You can say what you want about Tebow but the guy just wins games. And for those who say he can’t pass ask the steelers number 1 pass defense last year when he put up 316. The problem with the Jets is they have a horrible recieving core, bad running backs, and the most ignorant head coach in the league. I think he could start on a number of teams right now, cardinals jaguars chiefs raiders. I mean lots of teams looking for new QB this offseason and no real good talent coming from the draft.

  44. I don’t understand what the Jets org gained in setting back Tebow’s career. But I also did not understand why they chose to send Woodhead packing only to have him end up with the Patriots. Maybe they brought Tebow in solely for the press, well that worked…

  45. What has Tebow done besides give full effort, win some games unconventionally, and Praise The Lord? He’s a good man that doesn’t deserve the garbage he gets. Really, the Jets were stinking p the joint and were all complaining about him despite that he wasn’t really playing! Tebow has nothing to apologize for.

  46. And jacksonville doesn’t want their current coaching staff.

    Or general manager.

    And most of the players he drafted.

    With that in mind … Please no Tebow in Jax … It would just be a huge destraction from our 3rd rebuild since Coughlin was fired.

  47. BringBackTheFlex says:

    Actually, he did something in real games… to the Jets last year… and to the Steelers in the playoffs.

    The kid just wins. There are no style points in the NFL.
    ==========

    No he doesn’t. He was 7-5 with 3 blowout losses leading a team that with the exact same players + an actual NFL QB is on a 9 game winning streak right now.

    If anything, it appears now that he was holding the Broncos back from what they were capable of.
    ==========
    Oh, sorry. I guess I needed to point out that I didn’t mean he never lost a game. I thought that was implicit. My bad.

    And saying he isn’t a good player because he’s not as good as Manning is really disingenuous.

    And it’s not the exact same players.

    Tebow is a winning NFL QB. You cannot deny that. He is a playoff winning NFL QB. He carried that Denver team in a different way than Manning, but still carried them.

  48. If I’m the Jets owner I want Tebow to play this next game to sell out the seats and give the fans something to get excited about. He is obviously a fan favorite there put him in and see what he can do. I think the real reason now is because if Tebow goes out and dominates Ryan looks like an idiot for not starting him all year.

  49. Love the way all the Tebow apologists point to one game from last year as an indicator of his potential. Anyone remember how the Broncos closed out the season on a 3-game losing streak when it counted most? How they didn’t finish with a winning record? How they got obliterated in that other playoff game? Why can’t the Tebowmaniacs remember any of that?

  50. The Jax coaching staff along with their inept GM are gone after this season. Khan understands he needs to sell tickets. Welcome home Tim.

  51. Just out of curiosity, and my apologies if this is a duplicate to comments above, but I have to ask the question….

    If Tebow is ranked #2 on the depth chart, and has been all season, why is the #3 QB on the depth chart starting?

    Wonder if the union will have something to say about this….

  52. Tebow behind Brees, Brady, or Manning could possibly work out. He needs leadership and help with his mechanics. He is very athletic… just needs guidance.

  53. “the green-and-white Tebowmaniacs”

    There’s no such thing. No jet fan thinks Tebow is a starting QB or the future of the franchise. Thats why all of us cheered when McElroy came in 2 weeks ago. The media are the maniacs who want Tebow to start not real Jet fans.

  54. This guy just isn’t a good NFL quarterback… Its a much different game than college. Seems like a nice enough guy he just doesn’t have the throwing and decision making talent to cut it in the NFL.

  55. “The Jacksonville coaching staff does not want Tebow”

    Who cares? They’ve won two games and shouldn’t be there next year along with that stupid GM, Gene Smith.

    If they would have got Tebow they’d at least have more than 2 wins this season. But I’m sure Gene Smith is happy with Gabbert, lol.

  56. Sure, why not, let Tebow go to another team in another city and undermine yet another starting QB, while Tebow grandstands to the media and dupes some fools into thinking he’s the second coming of Joe Montana.

  57. 1. Sparano loves Henne. Straight up trade. Send Sanchez to Seattle for Flynn. Let them play it out.

    2. Henne and Tebow on the same team would awkward at best remember this gem?

    http://www.aolnews.com/2010/03/18/henne-on-tebow-hes-not-an-nfl-quarterback/

    3. By the way, Mularkey absolutely sucks. He sucked in Buffalo and Miami, and had weapons in Atlanta that covered up for him. I think McDaniels sucks, too. But if Belichick gets a second chance in his career after Cleveland, why not McDaniels and Tebow in Jax next year.

    I live in Jax and am not a Jags fan. But I would go to some games just to see what happens if that scenario were to play out.

  58. As I recall only Jacksonville and NY expressed interest in Tebow last year. Nothing has happened to grow that field as far as I know. In Jacksonville he could still sell tickets and would be appreciated in the community. I’d like to see him end up there… Sure, he wanted to go to NY, but I perceive that they painted him a rosy picture that never came to fruition.

    He’ll probably have to take a pay cut, but send him to Jacksonville or cut him.

  59. Is there a football team somewhere on Earth where they don’t have any media? If so, trade him there so we can quit hearing about him. You could just as easily be writing about some long snapper on any NFL team & it would have just as much relevance.

  60. He really isn’t a starting QB so if he does want a trade it will only be to go and hold a clipboard somewhere else. He became a ‘craze’ and is still living off that but it should be recognised that he is way down the list of QBs in terms of talent in the NFL.

  61. jrsee508says:

    I’d love to see him in NE. BB and McDaniels (assuming McDaniels doesn’t leave) could use him in some different ways. The jets couldn’t do anything with Woodhead for crying out loud, under utilizing is the
    team MO. Come on over here Tebow, there’s plenty of success to go around.
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I agree – Bill B is a great teacher and if Tebow has the skills and willingness to play other than QB he might make a great TE (even a blocking TE). Tebow certainly has the heart to play ball – just got to find a place for him or get him a QB coach to change his mechanics. But right now he is in the wrong place with the wrong team and coach.

  62. Regardless of your opinion of his football skills he is a stand-up guy by doing whatever he does in private. The NFL could use a healthy dose of Tebow in a number of areas.

  63. All these Tebow haters are entitled to their opinions but have they forgotten that the NFL is just entertainment and not a religion and that Tebow, at his worst, is more entertaining than half the starting QBs in the league.

  64. jrfrom508 says:Dec 18, 2012 7:59 PM

    I’d love to see him in NE. BB and McDaniels (assuming McDaniels doesn’t leave) could use him in some different ways. The jets couldn’t do anything with Woodhead for crying out loud, under utilizing is the
    team MO. Come on over here Tebow, there’s plenty of success to go around.

    ———————————

    I believe he would be a good fit for NE from a versatility perspective and he has the right work ethic, but unfortunately the sideshow that comes with it wouldn’t be good for business. I don’t think they would ever do it.

  65. Arizona would have picked him up if he was released a few weeks ago and cleared waivers. Jacksonville wanted him but he(Broncos) turned down their request and picked the Jets.

  66. After all of the locker room drama with the Jets last year, Tebow should have known better than to want to go to play for that team. Hopefully he will find another team that will give him a chance.

  67. I hope the Jets pick up Mick Vic. He is better than Tebow. Tebow is not a good passer. He can run, but not pass. Tebow should be a fullback and learn how to block.

  68. It’s a strange situation all around. Tebow was traded from a winning organization to a losing organization with a volatile environment when he might’ve steered himself to a loser organization that would’ve welcome him home. In acquiring Tebow, the Jets left themselves open to failure with Sanchez, having no viable back up qb. Meanwhile, Drew Stanton went from the loser Lions, where he had no chance of playing, unless Stafford and Hill were injured, to the dysfunctional Jets and then engineered a relocation to Indianapolis, a winning organization for which he has no chance of playing unless Luck is injured. Looking back, one must wonder who would want to be where if offered a mulligan?

  69. It just goes to show everyone what a clueless organization the Jets really are. Why sign a guy if you don’t plan on using him or at least trying to develop him? The Jets are run by some true, TRUE morons. And what’s worse, the article seems to confirm what I suspected all along- they did tell Tebow that they were over the moon about the chance to sign him, etc., etc.. only to let the guy rot on the bench and insult him further by only putting him in for a couple of stupid running plays and blocking for punts.

  70. The guy wins period. Jets are afraid of that he’ll prove that and then they’ll be stuck having to pick up the tab for him. It’s not pretty but who cares how it’s done as long as you get the W.

  71. blacknole08 wrote: “Funny thing is Tebow wanted to be traded there.” Yes, but after being convinced that Ryan really wanted him and would use him. In other words, Ryan snowed the guy. But it was still better than going to Jacksonville, where no one, except the owner, wanted him.

  72. “Anyone remember how the Broncos closed out the season on a 3-game losing streak when it counted most? How they didn’t finish with a winning record? How they got obliterated in that other playoff game? Why can’t the Tebowmaniacs remember any of that?”

    Tebow is not a good QB mechanically. But he has all the intangibles you want in a leader. The Broncos finished 8-8, but he didn’t start all 16 games – HIS record was a winning record. Why can’t the haters remember that?

    Lots of teams make the playoffs with good QBs and lose or get “obliterated”. Why can’t the haters remember that?

    A blow out is usually indicative of a bad defensive day. Why can’t the haters remember that?

    Aaron Rodgers had the best team record in the league last year and didn’t win a playoff game. Why can’t the haters remember that?

  73. patssteelersorgiants says:

    If Foles can be a starter Tebow can. I’m sensing a lot of religious bigotry in these anti-Tebow posts.

    ————————————————-
    No one can deny the religious bigotry directed at Tebow by some commenters. But that has nothing to do with football ability. My Christian faith is extremely important to me … but it’s not going to make me believe Tim Tebow has the skills to be an NFL quarterback. Maybe, with a lot of time and a lot of work, he can learn the proper passing technique. But when McDaniels took him in the first round, he lost the opportunity to sit back and study for a few years. His pay level makes it necessary to start him now. And he doesn’t have the skillset to start now. His successes in Denver were the result of flukes, not good play. Flukes won’t succeed over the long haul. It’s not a question of picking on the guy; it’s business reality.

  74. Evidently Cryin Ryan wanted another loss yesterday and he got his Xmas wish right on time.
    I’ll take Tebow for Lovie until the cows come home.

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