Why prolong the inevitable? Free Tebow

April, 8, 2013
4/08/13
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The Jets have dragged out this Tim Tebow charade long enough. It's time to move on. To quote ESPN colleague Skip Bayless, free Tebow.

Tebow isn't in their plans for 2013, and yet they will welcome him for the start of voluntary workouts next Monday. Even though no one would think less of him if he boycotts the workouts, Tebow is planning to attend if he's still on the roster, a source confirmed.

Talk about awkward. There's no point in making him walk into the locker room, knowing it's not for long. Haven't the Jets endured enough distractions over the past 12 months? Why prolong the inevitable?

The Jets could have a double distraction, what with Tebow and Darrelle Revis participating in the workouts. Maybe they could hang out together in the locker room, catching up on old times. Wait, there are no old times. Well, maybe they can exchange real estate-agent recommendations, seeing as how they'll probably both be re-locating in the next few weeks.

The Jets could avoid this by simply releasing Tebow, but they're clinging to the hope they can trade him before or during the draft. It's not happening. If the Raiders received only a conditional seventh-round pick for QB Carson Palmer, what could the Jets get for Tebow? They wouldn't get enough for a trip to Starbucks.

This delay is all about the Jets trying to save face. They traded a fourth-round pick for Tebow and agreed to pay $2.5 million to the Broncos, receiving virtually no return on the investment. Now new GM John Idzik is trying to show his new boss he can turn nothing into something by recouping a draft pick. If he can land an unconditional pick for Tebow, he should be the frontrunner for executive of the year.

Except for the day he asked out of the Wildcat, Tebow has been a good soldier. There's no reason for the Jets to spite him, which is what they're doing to Revis. It's time to end the marriage. It doesn't have to be nasty. They can always remain friends.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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