**Updated @ 9:07p**
Tim Tebow will be back in New Jersey next week for the start of the Jets offseason program.
A source confirmed to Newsday Monday that the seldom-used backup quarterback will participate in the team’s voluntary workouts at their Florham Park facility, beginning April 15 -- provided, he’s still on the roster.
It’s assumed Tebow will either be released or traded this offseason, though the trade market is particularly slim for the former Heisman Trophy winner. Tebow attempted just eight passes (completing six of them for 32 yards) and rushed for 102 on 32 carries during his first year as Mark Sanchez’s backup.
The Jets currently have five quarterbacks on their roster: Sanchez, Tebow, free-agent signee David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. And although new general manager John Idzik has emphasized the need for competition at the quarterback position this offseason, it’s unlikely Tebow will be among those fighting Sanchez for the starting job.
Tebow’s uncertain future with the Jets could make for some awkwardness next week. The same is true for Darrelle Revis, who is expected to attend the team’s voluntary workouts in order to avoid losing $3 million in bonus money.
According to Tampa Bay's 9 News, Tebow has worked out privately with former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde at Jesuit High School. The school public relationship director confirmed Tebow worked out with Testaverde -- the Tigers' quarterbacks coach -- as recently as Monday. Tebow also worked out at the school in March.
The former Florida standout also spent time this offseason working on his throwing motion with former NFL QB Chris Weinke at IMG Academy.