The Jets are reportedly gauging trade interest in Tebow during the NFL combine according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com:
The Jets will try to shop him at this week’s scouting combine. The first day they can trade him is March 12, so they might keep him until then with the hope that they can swing a deal. Chances are, no one will bite, so they’ll end up releasing him.
Talks of a Tebow trade have been circulating ever since the Jets were knocked out of playoff contention near the end of last season. Tebow wasn’t given his fair share in New York as the second quarterback on the depth chart behind starter Mark Sanchez with the team deciding to go with Greg McElroy over the former Heisman trophy winner once Sanchez was benched.
With the Jets’ coaching staff preferring McElroy and Sanchez over Tebow, the Florida product will be headed elsewhere at some point during the NFL off-season.
The most likely trade destination for Tebow following the Jets’ disappointing 6-10 season was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tebow is a fan favorite in Jacksonville and the Jaguars have had problems at the quarterback position over the past few years with Blaine Gabbert not exactly cutting it after two years in the league.
Despite Jacksonville seeming like the perfect fit for Tebow, the team has denied any interest in acquiring the popular backup quarterback and will stick with Gabbert for the foreseeable future.
If the Jets fail to find a trade partner for Tebow, New York will simply release the quarterback making him a free agent. Tebow’s release appears to be the most likely scenario with no teams willing to trade for Tebow, but rather wait for him to hit free agency.