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Jets Want Competition for Tebow, NFL General Manager Tells Fans

March 05, 2013

The New York Jets are focused on finding competition for backup quarterback Tim Tebow and on cornerback Darrelle Revis’s recovery from a knee injury, General Manager John Idzik told season-ticket holders.

The Jets decided not to start Tebow, the team’s No. 2 quarterback, when they benched Mark Sanchez late last season, instead promoting third-stringer Greg McElroy. The move led to speculation that Tebow, a former Denver Broncos starter, would be released during the offseason.

When asked during a conference call about the team’s plans for Tebow, Idzik said the Jets are “trying to increase competition at that position, at positions across the board.”

“We’re going to see who we’re able to bring on board and let it play out this offseason and into training camp,” Idzik said yesterday. “I think that will be healthy for all concerned, including Tim.”

Idzik, hired in January to succeed the fired Mike Tannenbaum after a 6-10 season, and Jets coach Rex Ryan spoke on the conference call with season-ticket holders.

The Jets talked with teams about trading Revis during the NFL Combine on Feb. 23-26, the New York Daily News reported last week, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation. It didn’t say which teams were involved. Revis said in an interview last month with the NFL Network that he was “speechless because I didn’t get a phone call” about trade rumors since Idzik joined the staff.

“I know it’s a business, just call me,” Revis said. “Don’t have it lingering out there. I need answers and I’m not getting any.”

No Deal

Ryan yesterday repeated his denials of speculation about a trade with the San Francisco 49ers for Revis, the 27-year-old All-Pro who tore a knee ligament in September.

“I will stand firm by saying there was no truth to that,” Ryan said on the call.

Idzik added that the team’s focus with Revis is “purely on getting him better.”

“By his doctors’ accounts, he’s doing very well,” Idzik said. “By their estimation he’s ahead of schedule, so we’re anxious to get him back.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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