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Tebow “probably gone” soon

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Fans show their support for New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow prior to an NFL football game between the Jets and the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


The Jets held the rights of quarterback-of-all-trades Tim Tebow through the draft, holding out hope that someone would offer, say, a conditional 2030 seventh-round draft choice for the 2010 first-round pick.

Now that the draft is over, Tebow’s time in New York could be, too.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Tebow is “probably gone” at some point soon. The move would drop the Jets’ quarterback depth chart from six down to five.

It also would leave the Jets on the hook for $1.531 million that must be paid to the Broncos in 2013. The cash represents a salary advance given to Tebow in 2011.

Mehta’s report comes two days after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Tebow, who showed up for offseason workouts a full 15 pounds lighter, has gotten the team’s attention with his efforts to improve. Per Schefter, the longer Tebow is in the building, the more support he secures.

We’ll regard that last leak as a last-ditch effort to get someone to try to trade for Tebow. Now that the draft has ended, the Jets are on the clock to cut Tebow.