With the NFL trade deadline set for Oct. 30, a usually quiet, anti-climactic day could receive more attention this season. Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network reports the St. Louis Rams are willing to move players for future draft picks and there’s persistent buzz that the New York Jets could and/or should move quarterback-personal punt protector Tim Tebow out of the Big Apple. The Jets acquired Tebow from the Denver Broncos on March 22 in exchange for a pair of mid-to-late round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft and agreeing to repay the Broncos $2.53 million of the $6.2775 million salary advance Tebow received at the start of the 2011 league year. Tebow was unable to unseat Mark Sanchez for the starting job and through the first seven games of the regular season has played in just 49 offensive snaps and 41 snaps on special teams. Tebow has completed two of his three pass attempts, including a 23-yard connection to linebacker Nick Bellore on a fake punt in Week 6. Tebow also has 22 carries for 76 yards, but has not scored a touchdown and ranks 32nd among NFL quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ rushing DYAR metric (Defense-adjusted Yards Above Replacement, which “represents value, per play, over an average quarterback in the same game situations”), right behind Sanchez (30th) and Eli Manning (31st). Tebow’s ranking in DYAR should not come as a surprise, however, as he ranked dead last among qualifying quarterbacks in that metric in 2011. With the Jets not using Tebow on offense, calls to trade the former Heisman Trophy winner have increased. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York writes that Tebow is ” a $2.1 million decoy ” on a Jets team that isn’t using him properly (Cimini’s example of Tebow inexplicably remaining on the sidelines during a third-and-two play from the New England Patriots’ three-yard line in Week 7 is spot on) and is unwilling to admit defeat by trading Tebow at the deadline. Eric Davis of the NFL Network said on Wednesday’s edition of “NFL AM” that the Jets should take whatever they can get for Tebow, even “food stamps”, which we’re pretty sure is not acceptable compensation under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. <br /> Hyperbole aside, the Jets probably wouldn’t get much in a trade for Tebow, who has not developed into an NFL-caliber quarterback, appears unlikely to ever do so, and has a contract with over $16 million in potential base salary escalators. The Jets would likely seek financial relief from the $2.06 million they’re scheduled to repay the Broncos over the next season-and-a-half (26 weeks), which would lessen the return they’d get in a trade.
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As trade deadline approaches, expect Tim Tebow trade talk to increase (Shutdown Corner)