Tebow Trade Rumors: New York Jets Looking To Trade Tim Tebow Before NFL League Year, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles Top Options

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Feb 03, 2013 02:12 PM EST
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New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow passes against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter of their pre-season NFL football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, August 26, 2012.(Photo : Reuters) "

The Tim Tebow trade rumors are heating up again and there is a chance that he could be traded very soon. The team is not expected to release him, but there has been talk that the team is still hoping to trade him.

According Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets are trying to trade Tebow before the start of the new league year in March.

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One NFL general manager told Schefter, "I think his career is over without playing another position."

There is still no word on if anyone is interested, with the Jaguars already taking themselves out of the running.  

The New York Jets aimed to get headlines during the 2012 season and in that regard, the year was a success. Football-wise though? There was a lot left to be desired.

One of the largest problems with the Jets this season was the trade for Tim Tebow. The organization brought him over last March as a weapon on offense, but instead all the backup quarterback did was add drama to the locker room.

According to an ESPNNewYork.com report, Rich Cimini writes  that the deal was not the "brainchild" of Johnson, although he eventually warmed to the idea of bringing Tebow to the team. Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, who interviewed for the Jets' open general manager position, said that he was told that Tebow was "forced" on Johnson and team president Neil Glat, who also participated in the interview.

The Daily News added to the report, saying that the owner and the others interviewing candidates reportedly were looking for an "exit strategy" for the Tebow situation. The report also said that another candidate who was interviewed had no mention of Tebow in his session.

Tebow was one of the most talked about players in the NFL after leading the Denver Broncos to an improbable overtime win against the Steelers in last year's playoffs, but he has been marginalized by the Jets. This season he played in only 77 offensive played and gained 102 rushing yards on 32 carries. He made only eight pass attempts and completed six of them for 39 yards.

Head coach Rex Ryan and coordinator Tony Sparano said Tebow would help add another level to the offense, but instead starter Mark Sanchez struggled as the two tried to bring Tebow in. Sanchez threw 18 interceptions and the Jets were one of the worst offensive teams in the NFL, ranked 30th in passing with 180 yards per game and scoring just 17 points per game, ranked 28th in the league.

Making the situation even more awkward for Tebow, former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff said the team was a "mess" in handling the quarterback and never gave him a chance to succeed.

"It was a mess," Westhoff said of the Tebow situation, according to ESPNNewYork.com. "It was an absolute mess. You can say whatever else you want, it was really a mess. I was very, very disappointed. There are things that Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback, he's very limited in some things. If you throw him in the middle of a drop-back passing offense, he will look very, very average at best. But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. That's what I thought we were going to do, but we never did it."

The Jets had hoped to trade Tebow to the Jaguars, but the new general manager said that the team was not interested. "I can't imagine a scenario in which he'll be a Jacksonville Jaguar -- even if he's released," new Jaguars GM David Caldwell said at his introductory news conference earlier this month.

Other possibilities include the Arizona Cardinals, who have three ineffective quarterbacks, as well as the Chicago Bears, who hired a new head coach in Marc Trestman that has connections to Tebow. Trestman worked with Tebow prior to the NFL draft and had great praise for him following those workouts.

According to USA Today: In Canada's National Post, Trestman compared Tebow to Trestman's staggeringly effective QB for the Montreal Alouettes, Anthony Calvillo:

"We have a quarterback who has a long delivery and he's one of the greatest quarterbacks and will finish as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time north or south of the border so he does it with a motion very similar to what Tim Tebow used in college. When you're an accurate passer and you have the intangibles that go along with that you can figure it out and make it work and whether Tim changed his motion or not I believed he would figure it out and I don't have any doubt that he'll be very, very successful," Trestman said.

The Eagles and new head coach Chip Kelly could also be an option, but it isn't one of the top landing spots for Tebow.

"I believe everything happens for a reason. I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future and in that there is a lot of peace and a lot of comfort," Tebow said in an interview with Fox Business Network. "I don't have any regrets."

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