The New York Jets still have two games left to play in this NFL season, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from talking about what personnel changes the team will make heading into next year.
Mark Sanchez, the Jets’ starter for the vast majority of this godforsaken 2012 campaign, is despised by fans and the organization alike. Unfortunately, his bloated contract makes him nearly impossible to trade. He will likely be retained – simply because no better option is available. Tim Tebow, the second half of the freak show that dominated New York headlines this year, will likely be cut.
Once you accept the general premise that Sanchez will remain with the Jets and Tebow will be removed from the equation, two questions emerge: 1.) who will the Jets’ starting quarterback be next and 2.) what happens to Tebow?
League sources say it is a virtual certainty Tim Tebow will land a job back home with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.
Tebow reportedly will be traded or released after the season, but league sources say the Jets are likely to honor Tebow's forthcoming request to be released and therefore become an unrestricted free agent…
In 2013, the Jaguars will have an open quarterback competition and a team source conceded it's a "high likelihood" Tebow will be part of the mix…
What this means for Blaine Gabbert is self-explanatory: he will not be the starter next year. Ditto for Chad Henne. At this point, the Jaguars know exactly what they’re getting when they bring in Tebow – a horrendously awful practice player who is worthless when he isn’t on the field. Whether he succeeds or fails is irrelevant – he must be on the field for his presence on the team to be worth it.
If Jacksonville pulls the trigger on this and Tebow becomes a Jag next year, the end result of that little experiment will likely determine his fate in the NFL.