New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow will request to be traded or released after the season on the assumption that Greg McElroy starts the team's final two games, reports the New York Daily News.
McElroy will start on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, putting Mark Sanchez on the bench. The Jets (6-8) have already been eliminated from playoff contention with Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, in which Sanchez threw four interceptions and lost a fumble.
Sanchez is guaranteed $8.25 million for next season, making it hard for the team to release him or risk taking a huge salary cap hit. NFL.com reports that it is "highly unlikely," that Tebow will sit idle beyond this season in the wake of the team's decision to start McElroy.
When asked about Tebow's plan for the future, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was less than forthcoming. Tebow's base salary for next season is scheduled to be $2.6 million.
"I can answer this question a million ways -- frontward, backward, sideways, anything else," Ryan said. "It's my decision and I based it on a gut feeling or whatever. Everything it comes down to is, I believe it's the best decision for our team. That's the only factor that goes into these decisions."