Tim Tebow: Trade for QB Would Allow Jaguars to Avoid Weak NFL Draft Class

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on November 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow needs to return home.

The Jacksonville Jaguars provide the perfect situation for the maligned quarterback. His season with the New York Jets has been disastrous. And despite attempting just eight passes all season, Tebow has remained a talking point in most NFL discussions.

Unsurprisingly, Tebow is looking for an exit route out of New York. You can't blame him for wanting out, but then again, what else did he expect with Mark Sanchez already the starting quarterback?

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that a move to the Jaguars is a "virtual certainty" at this stage. Jacksonville was in the hunt for Tebow last year, but he chose the Jets instead.

The time is right, though, for the quarterback to make the move to Jacksonville.

The team's quarterback situation is quite up in the air. Last year, it looked as if Blaine Gabbert was the team's future at the position. Going into his second year, it was unlikely that Gabbert would sit on the bench much.

But while Gabbert did get plenty of time during the season, he didn't inspire much faith from Jaguars fans. He and his replacement, Chad Henne, sit 27th and 31st in passer rating, respectively, among quarterbacks who qualify.

Jacksonville traded up to obtain Gabbert with the 10th pick in 2010. He's been very underwhelming in his first two years, thus casting some doubt on how good of an option he is for Jacksonville down the road.

It might be too quick to judge how Gabbert could end up in the long term. However, that might not stop the team from determining that he isn't their guy. The NFL is quite a reactionary league, where the big picture is cast aside in favor of what's better in the short term.

Jaguars management might be tempted to try and draft a quarterback in what looks to be a very off year in terms of those available. Trading for Tebow could almost be like selecting one in the draft, only the Jaguars would have to use lower-round picks to obtain his services.

Should Tebow get traded to Jacksonville, the team will know after the season what its quarterback situation is.

If Gabbert can't excel in his third year, then he probably isn't the long-term option for the Jags. If Tebow underperforms or spends another season on the bench, then it will become readily apparent to everyone in the league that he's not going to be successful in the NFL as a starting quarterback.

In addition, you can't argue with the financial value that Tebow could bring the Jaguars, no matter what his standing on the team is.

Like him or not, the quarterback always sparks opinion, whether it be good or bad. In Jacksonville, especially, the reaction would be nothing but positive in the minds of most fans. And for a team that is 20th in attendance this year, the Jaguars could use the additional revenue that Tebow would bring.

Tebow and the Jaguars is a very intriguing proposition for both sides. It's hard to argue that a possible trade isn't the best option for both sides.