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Report: 'Virtual certainty' Tebow ends up in Jacksonville

Tim Tebow on the bench at MetLife Stadium

Tim Tebow on the bench at MetLife Stadium as the Jets lose to the Houston Texans, 23-17. (Oct. 8, 2012) Credit: David Pokress

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" Tebow will land with the Jaguars -- the only other team that expressed interest in him before Denver traded him to the Jets.

A source confirmed to Newsday earlier this week that the Jets plan to either trade or release the polarizing QB, who has been a non-factor this 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 Shad Khan reportedly wanted to trade for Tebow last offseason -- but after current quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert (1,662 passing yards, nine touchdowns, six interceptions, 58.3 completion percentage) and backup Chad Henne struggled,  Jacksonville (2-12) is expected to hold a QB 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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