Tim Tebow, the backup quarterback who is expected to be released by the Jets before the season starts, is planning to go to work with the team as long as he’s on the team: Brian Costello of the New York Post reports that Tebow will report to Jets voluntary workouts next week if he is still on the roster when those workouts begin a week from today.
That’s not a big surprise, but no one would blame Tebow if he decided to stay home: Voluntary workouts are voluntary, and if a player knows he’s not in a team’s plans, he’s free to skip them.
But Tebow would surely prefer to know as soon as possible what the Jets’ plans for him are, and so his planned attendance might help him in that effort: It could push the Jets to cut him in the next week, as they wouldn’t want to risk Tebow suffering some kind of fluke injury that put him out for the year, which would mean the Jets would be forced to put him on injured reserve and pay him his base salary.
Even if Tebow does go through the voluntary workouts just like his teammates, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll have those teammates by the start of training camp. Perhaps voluntary workouts are where Tebow will say goodbye.