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Report: Tim Tebow a 'virtual certainty' to be a Jaguar in 2013

Tim Tebow kneels before the start of a

Tim Tebow kneels before the start of a game against the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

It's never too late to go home. Even for Tim Tebow.

The Jets' backup quarterback likely will end up in his hometown of Jacksonville in 2013, according to an ESPN report.

Citing league sources, senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen wrote Saturday that it's a "virtual certainty'' that Tebow will land with the Jaguars -- the only other team that expressed interest in him before Denver traded him to the Jets last March.

A source confirmed to Newsday this past week that the Jets plan to trade or release Tebow, who has been a non-factor the entire season. But league sources, according to ESPN, say the Jets are expected to "honor Tebow's forthcoming request to be released and therefore become an unrestricted free agent.''

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan reportedly wanted to trade for Tebow last offseason. With current quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert (1,662 passing yards, nine touchdown passes, six interceptions, 58.3 completion percentage) and backup Chad Henne having struggled, Jacksonville (2-12) is expected to hold a quarterback competition next season.

And according to a "team source,'' ESPN reported it's a "high likelihood Tebow will be part of the mix.''

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