NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Not many football pundits or fans — if any — expect Tim Tebow to be a member of the Jets next season.
As the Jets’ disastrous 2012 season came to an end, reports surfaced that the former first-round pick would either be traded or released by the team.
General manager John Idzik won’t release Tebow before March, league sources told ESPN, and will instead attempt to trade him.
But of course, the pivotal question remains: Will any teams want the 25-year-old?
There doesn’t seem to be too much optimism at this juncture.
“I think his career is over without playing another position,” one unnamed NFL general manager said, according to ESPN.
Many speculated that Tebow would land with his hometown Jacksonville Jaguars, but David Caldwell dismissed that possibility when he was introduced as the new general manager of the Jags in January.
“I can’t imagine a scenario in which he’ll be a Jacksonville Jaguar — even if he’s released,” Caldwell said at the time.
Gang Green won’t be able to trade Tebow until March 12, which is the day that free agency will begin.
Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted to WFAN host Mike Francesa last week that the decision to bring in Tebow was his — not owner Woody Johnson’s or head coach Rex Ryan’s.
“It was my decision,” Tannenbaum said. ”Rex and I talked about it, and then we brought (former offensive coordinator) Tony Sparano into the mix. Obviously, Tony is a guy who has taken that kind of offense before (and) had success with it in Miami. And we felt that it was going to be another club in the bag to help us on offense. That was our thinking when we made the decision. Obviously it didn’t work out the way we had hoped, but that was our thinking.”
Used primarily as a personal punt protector on special teams in 2012, Tebow threw just eight passes on the season, completing six of them for 39 yards. He also rushed the ball 32 times for 102 yards. The former Heisman Trophy winner didn’t score any touchdowns.
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