A procession of cars with dark tinted-window made its way down Jets Drive as players drove into the team facility Monday morning for the start of their offseason program.
Though these workouts are voluntary, a steady stream of players showed up well before their 8 a.m. call-time. The earliest of Jets, of course, was Tim Tebow.
The backup quarterback arrived in Florham Park around 6 a.m. – more than an hour before most of his teammates, including incumbent starter Mark Sanchez. Tebow even arrived before new GM John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan (who was driving the red Mustang he crashed back in January).
It’s no surprise Tebow was at the facility bright and early. Despite his bleak future with the team, the backup quarterback said recently that he would bring “a great attitude” to the offseason workouts.
The Jets have been trying to trade Tebow since the NFL Scouting Combine to no avail. The former Heisman Trophy winner was rendered an afterthought in Tony Sparano’s offense last season, completing just six passes for 39 yards, while rushing for 102 on 32 carries.
And though they’d like to part ways with him, the Jets have $1.53 million reasons to keep Tebow on the roster a little longer. As part of the trade agreement that brought the quarterback to Florham Park, the Jets and Denver Broncos split the $5.06 million prorated salary advance given to Tebow by the Broncos. According to the Denver Post, the Jets have to pay Denver that amount even if they cut him.
The Jets would prefer to trade Tebow rather than release him – which means the backup quarterback could remain on the roster through the summer…or longer. As of now, the Jets have five quarterbacks: Sanchez, Tebow, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.
The Jets have stressed the importance of a quarterback competition, but Sanchez – who rolled down his window and offered a courtesy wave to the three reporters on Jets Drive Monday -- will get the initial first-team reps in OTAs and minicamp. And chances are he’ll be the starting quarterback in 2013.
Darrelle Revis was one of the few players not spotted at the team facility. The former All-Pro cornerback is meeting with his surgeon, Dr. Russell Warren and undergoing an MRI before he heads to the facility.
As expected, wide receiver Santonio Holmes was not at the facility. The New York Post reported last week that he's currently taking classes at Ohio State and rehabbing his broken foot.