New York Jets popular backup quarterback Tim Tebow may have already found a new landing spot. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Tebow signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason is a "virtual certainty."
The report indicates the Jets will honor Tebow's request to be released. After he's released, Tebow will sign with the Jaguars.
This is on point with what the AFC East blog was thinking last week. We recently mapped out four possible destinations for Tebow next year, and Jacksonville was the No. 1 choice.
Tebow is a Jacksonville native who became a star and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the University of Florida in nearby Gainesville. Tebow coming home would immediately fill the stands in Jacksonville, which continues to use tarps on sections of seats in EverBank Field.
The Jaguars and Tebow also have a brief history. Jacksonville nearly acquired Tebow last offseason in a trade with the Denver Broncos. The Jaguars and Jets offered similar compensation, and the Broncos let Tebow choose his team. He unwisely chose the Jets, who embarrassingly botched the Tebow experiment this season.
According to Mortensen, the Jaguars still want Tebow a year later. Tebow could compete for Jacksonville’s vacant quarterback job next year, which is something Tebow never got a fair chance to do in New York. When starter Mark Sanchez was benched this past week, the Jets bypassed Tebow for third-string quarterback Greg McElroy. The Jets and Tebow were never a good mix from Day 1, and it's best for both sides go their separate ways.
Tebow to the Jaguars makes the most sense. That's the choice Tebow should have made the first time -- and it appears he will get another chance to correct that mistake.