How long will Jets hold onto Tim Tebow?

February, 20, 2013
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There was one curious name missing from the New York Jets' first round of cuts on Tuesday.

The Jets released veterans Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith, Josh Baker and Jason Smith to get under the salary cap. But New York still held onto polarizing backup quarterback Tim Tebow.

Why?

There is no secret that Tebow will not be a Jet in 2013. However, this is an indication New York is holding out hope that it can get something for Tebow in a trade. The Jacksonville Jaguars were the best possibility until they backed out of the Tebow sweepstakes. Now, the market for Tebow appears non-existent.

The Jets appear willing to wait for some quarterback-needy team to step up and acquire Tebow. It would preferably happen before the draft, so New York could get an extra pick this year to improve the team.

Either way, the Tebow ship has sailed in New York. It was a one-year experiment that turned out to be disastrous, and it's just a matter of time before the Jets cut ties.

Maybe the Jets will eventually get lucky and be able to trade Tebow. But right now it doesn't appear teams are lining up to acquire him.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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