New York Jets back up quarterback Tim Tebow is reportedly seeking a move away from the Big Apple after sliding to third choice quarterback behind Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy.
According to the Toronto Sun, Tebow has become frustrated at his limited opportunities under head coach Rex Ryan at the Jets despite being a big name signing during the 2012 off season; the Jets quarterback situation has become a source of debate for NFL fans following the poor form of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez this season.
Following another poor performance by Sanchez in the nationally televized Monday night loss to the Tennessee Titans second year pro Greg McElroy has been named the starter for the next game aginst the San Diego Chargers.
After benching Sanchez, Coach Rex Ryan said:
“I think it’s best for our team, and for this game … I have to look at what I think is the best for the team and not necessarily the individual. I’ll say this about Tim and I’ve always said it: I know he wants to help this team be successful in the worst way and there’s no doubt about that.”
“Whenever you get called on, you want to be able to go in there and be effective and efficient, and you want to help the team to try and get a victory,” Tebow said at the time. “You do that by creating first downs and hopefully being able to get in the end zone.”
Unhappy at again being overlooked for the starting quarerback job with the Jets for Heisman Trophy winner Tebow will ask to be released from his contract or traded out of New York if he is not given a chance to start one of the final two games of the NFL’s regular season.
In September after recording a win against the Bills, Tebow said that he was willing to do what ever it took to win.
“I’m definitely competitive, but the No. 1 thing to help competitiveness is winning football games,” said Tebow, who was involved in only 10 of the Jets’ offensive snaps. “However I can help this team to win football games, that’s the ultimate goal.”
At the begining of the season many insiders predicted that the QB would be traded by the end of the season.
“I think he will be a good soldier,” one NFL source said. “At the end of the year, I think he will express those concerns to the Jets. He will want to move on.”
The former Denver Bronco has a contract that runs through the 2014 season, so he will not have a choice to leave himself. Still, it is understandable for a player to request a trade to a place where he has a better opportunity to start.
What do you think? Is it time for Tebow to leave?