The never ending saga surrounding the New York Jets continued on Thursday as former NFL journeyman quarterback Jeff Garcia told the media that the team needs to move on from Tim Tebow. The Jets have made no secret about their desire to trade Tebow, but the southpaw has generated very little interest around the league. Tebow announced this past week that he would be attending the Jets voluntary workouts as long as he is on the roster. Garcia took exception with that move.
Garcia has been mentoring Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez this offseason. New York has another new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg. Garcia has played in Mornhinweg’s offensive system during his career.
Speaking to USA Today, Garcia said that the Jets need to trade or release Tebow right now. “If there’s going to be competition at the position, it’s not going to come from Tim Tebow. Having Tebow there just became a distraction, more of a circus show. Obviously it’s their decision. But from an outsider looking in, having Tebow there doesn’t bring anything positive. It just brings distraction.” He added, “For Mark, the main competition is going to be with David Garrard and Greg McElroy.”
Personally, I believe that the stiffest competition for Sanchez is going to come from Garrard. Although out of the league last season, he looked impressive in Dolphins camp last season and if the team hadn’t drafted Ryan Tannehill, would likely have been the Miami starter last season.
It was reported this offseason that both Sanchez and Tebow were being shopped by the Jets. Sanchez’s contract was a sticking point and the Jets appear stuck with him for at least another season.