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According to some talk in the NFL atmosphere, Football quarterback Tim Tebow of the New York Jets could be leaving the New York team for better prospects.
Citing an NFL source reproter Gary Myers, of the New York Daily News, writes that Tebow will continue to play the role of good soldier through 2012, but that if he is not the starting quarterback for the Jets, and continues to serve in a limited role on offense, he will most likely request a trade to a team that will give him a chance to earn the starting quarterback job.
“At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on,” the NFL source stated. “The one thing about Tebow is he is the quintessential team player. He would never do anything that is going to undermine the team. But he’s football-aholic. It’s in his blood.”
Tebow was initially acquired from the Denver Broncos on March 22 and was unable to unseat Mark Sanchez for the Jets’ starting quarterback job during the preseason.
In exploring a team trade in the near future, Tebow’s contract could be an issue- due to money. According to former NFL front office executive and player agent Andrew Brandt, in order to finalize the trade with the Denver Broncos, the Jets agreed to repay Denver $2.53 million of the salary advance that Tebow had received in 2010. The Jets are paying off $1.5 million of that amount this season, with another $1.03 million due next season.
If Tebow asks for a trade, that $1.03 million plus a base salary of $2,586,875 in 2013 will make it very difficult for the Jets to get good value on a quarterback who, if a trade is requested, would not have been able to unseat Mark Sanchez.
“He will absolutely talk to the Jets, or we will have misevaluated his competitive nature,” a source for NFL stated. “There comes a point, where they get it and realize this is who I am and just accept that role. Tebow is not there yet.”