ESPN's Mortensen says Tebow joining Jags a 'virtual certainty'

New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow passes against the Tennessee Titans in the second quarter on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. (The Associated Press)

Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 8:22 a.m.

A source with the Jacksonville Jaguars calls it a “high likelihood” that Tim Tebow will return to his hometown to compete for the quarterback job next season, according to ESPN National Football League analyst Chris Mortensen.

In a report published by Saturday night, Mortensen's league sources called it a “virtual certainty” Tebow will play for the Jaguars next season.

Tebow was traded to the New York Jets last offseason after leading the Denver Broncos to the AFC playoffs. He was expected to play a significant role with the Jets as a wildcat formation specialist behind starter Mark Sanchez, but those opportunities were few and far between and then Tebow was bypassed for third-string quarterback Greg McElroy when Sanchez was benched earlier this week.

According to Mortensen, the Jets are expected to honor Tebow's request to be released this coming offseason.

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