New York Jets general manager John Idzik spoke to season ticket holders via conference call, and according to USA Today, was exploring the idea of keeping Tim Tebow on board and giving him a chance to start in 2013.
“Tim, as you know, (is) currently on our roster and what we’re doing is we’re trying to increase competition at that position and positions across the board,” Idzik said. “We’re going to let the competition play out. We’re going to see who we’re able to bring on board and let it play out this offseason and into training camp.
“That will be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.”
Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum was fired for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was bringing the media circus that is Tim Tebow into a foolhardy quarterbacking and coaching situation in the Big Apple. That being said, even some of the franchise’s most die-hard fans (read: those willing to fork over thousands of dollars for season tickets even after last season’s debacle) may have been a little taken aback during the conference call with the newly hired Idzik.
It is common knowledge that no starter’s position is truly ‘safe’ in today’s NFL. That saying is amplified when a new man is brought in to make personnel decisions. The pressure is on Idzik to clean up the mess Tannenbaum has made, and that starts with making a decision at the quarterbacking position.
Word had been that he and his staff were working to trade Tebow during the recent NFL Combine. If there were going to be no takers, the former first-round pick of the Denver Broncos was going to be granted his outright release.
However, and again, everyone should be worried about their roster spot when a new guy comes in to clean house. The official NFL year opens up in exactly one week’s time. It will be extremely difficult for the team to find a taker for Tebow at that time.
But from the looks of it, at least The Chosen One will have a job by then.