Tim Tebow: Jets Shouldn't Wait to Try to Trade Backup QB

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMarch 31, 2013

The New York Jets must come to terms with the truth: Tim Tebow isn't a tradeable player. 

ESPN's Rich Cimini reported on Sunday, March 31 that the team intends to keep Tebow on its roster at least through the draft:

To the surprise of many, QB Tim Tebow remains on the Jets' roster even though it has been reported for months that he doesn't fit into their 2013 plans. I hear Tebow is getting antsy, but it looks like the Jets will keep him through the draft, hoping they can find a trading partner. 

Hope deferred makes the heart sick. 

The Jets have been actively seeking a trade partner for Tebow since the beginning of February. Since that time, the only team that has showed any interest is the Orlando Predators...of the Arena Football League.

Meanwhile, as Cimini points out, Pat White—a guy who hasn't taken a snap in the NFL since 2009—is being looked at by the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants

Tebow is due to make just over $2.5 million in 2013, per Spotrac.com. The money, by itself, isn't a huge issue, especially with so many teams well under the cap at this time. 

The real issue is this: Teams will not give up draft picks for Tebow. 


Tebow's supporters point to his ability to win games as a reason to give him another shot at starting in the NFL. In his three-year career, Tebow has a record of 8-6 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs. 

Winning games in the NFL isn't easy, and Tebow may end up getting that chance at some point. That said, Vince Young is also a "winner," and he's attempting a comeback in 2013. Young has a career record of 31-19, though he did lose his lone playoff game. 

Tebow won't be traded. 

There are too many other options available for teams looking for read-option quarterbacks that don't involve coughing up a draft pick. 

And that's the way the cookie crumbles


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