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Report: Jets open to keeping Tebow through OTAs, minicamp

Tim Tebow looks on as he warms up

Tim Tebow looks on as he warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 8, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

The Jets are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to Tim Tebow.

It’s clear they want to trade the backup quarterback, but as of yet, no teams are willing to pull the trigger on a deal. And the Jets – who wasted two draft picks and $2.5 million to acquire Tebow from Denver last offseason – understandably want to get something back on their return.

Even if it means waiting until the summer.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are open to keeping Tebow on the roster through minicamp and OTAs in hopes of eventually finding a trade partner for the former Heisman Trophy winner. But Rapoport added that it’s “highly unlikely” Tebow will be a Jet by the time training camp begins in late July.

A source confirmed to Newsday Monday that the seldom-used QB will participate in the team’s voluntary workouts at their Florham Park facility, beginning April 15 -- provided, he’s still on the roster.

Tebow, who led the Broncos to a playoff win in 2011 as a starter, completed just six passes for 32 yards and rushed for 102 on 32 carries as Mark Sanchez's backup last season.

In all, the Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster: Sanchez, Tebow, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.

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