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Even though his days in New York appear numbered, backup quarterback Tim Tebow is planning to report next Monday for the start of the New York Jets' offseason voluntary workouts, a source confirmed Monday.
Tebow is under contract for two more seasons, but his future with the team has been an ongoing storyline in the offseason. The Jets would like to trade him, sources said, but there has been no market and they're expected to release him after the draft.
The Jets' offseason program could turn into a distraction, considering it will include Tebow and cornerback Darrelle Revis, both of whom could be gone by the end of the month.
Revis would rather continue rehabbing his surgically repaired knee under the supervision of his personal trainer in Arizona, but he'll show up in Florham Park, N.J., because the Jets are enforcing a clause in his contract that ties $3 million in bonus money to his attendance in voluntary workouts, sources said Sunday.
The Jets have been dangling Revis in trade talks, according to sources, and they could deal him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before or during the April 25 draft.
Tebow has no financial incentive to show up for the workouts, but those who know him say it would be out of character for him to skip.On Monday, Tebow was in the Tampa area and worked out with former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde at Jesuit High School, a school official told the Bright House Sports Network. Testaverde is an assistant coach for the school's football team. The two Heisman Trophy winners also had a session last month at the school.
Tebow is trying to refine his oft-criticized mechanics, and he worked last week with former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, where Testaverde has helped out in the past as an instructor.
It was a frustrating and disappointing year for Tebow, who was a nonfactor on offense and was passed over for the starting quarterback job when Mark Sanchez was benched late in the season.
Team officials have sidestepped questions about Tebow's future. Right now, they have four other quarterbacks on the roster: Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. They also could add a quarterback in the draft.
The Jets are calling it an open competition, but they have no plans to include Tebow, sources said.
The New York Post earlier reported Tebow's intention to attend workouts.