Do the New York Jets Really Think Tebow Has Trade Value?

By Dan Pizzuta
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Even when the New York Jets are trying to get rid of Tim Tebow, they still try to hold on to him as long as they can.

The Jets will reportedly try to shop Tebow around to teams in a trade during the NFL Combine. Thinking Tebow could have any trade value at this point would be serious delusion.

After Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a playoff win against the Pittsburgh Steelers—in Pittsburgh—Tebow was shopped around after the Broncos signed Peyton Manning. The result of those trade talks was Tebow getting sent to the Jets for a fourth- and sixth-round pick.

Using the draft pick trade value chart many NFL teams use during the draft—giving each pick a numerical value to compare the fairness of draft day trades—the added value of the two picks in the 108th and 188th spot in the draft were worth the equivalent of between the 101st and 102nd overall picks—the fifth and sixth picks of the fourth round.

If Tebow was only worth a fourth-rounder during the off-season after he won a playoff game, what do the Jets expect he’s going to be worth after whatever he did this season? Projecting a sixth or seventh-rounder would be as optimistic as predicting a a 10-win season for the 2013-14 Jets.

This isn’t to say Tebow can’t be of some value to another NFL team in some capacity, but no team is going to give the Jets anything of value to get him. If any team is looking for a silver lining with Tebow, his legs should be fresh after almost having a year off from in-game play—so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

The Jets need to cut their losses—by actually cutting Tebow from the roster—admit the whole experiment was a mistakel and move on. The only thing the Jets could have done worse to destroy any Tebow trade value was to give him a three-year/$40.5 million contract extension. Sorry, too soon?

Holding on to Tebow and announcing the team is trying to trade him is just another way of keeping the media marriage of Tim Tebow and the New York Jets running.

There’s no need to try to stay together for the kids. It’s time for a divorce.


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