NEW YORK - New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow will request to be released or traded after the season, according to the New York Daily News.
The news comes after Jets head coach Rex Ryan benched starting quarterback Mark Sanchez and chose third-string quarterback Greg McElroy instead of second-string backup Tebow.
Sanchez threw four interceptions Monday night and couldn't handle a low snap with the game on the line as the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with a 14-10 loss at Tennessee.
Ryan said after the game that he wasn't ready to decide who would start against the Chargers, but on Tuesday chose McElroy over Sanchez and Tebow after talking with his staff and others in the organization Tuesday.
Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Jets in March after the Broncos acquired Peyton Manning.
Thought to be an integral part of the Jets offense, Tebow has played sparingly, throwing for 39 yards on six completions and rushing for 102 yards on 32 carries. The Heisman Trophy winner has also played punt protector for the Jets.
McElroy will make his first career start against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. The second-year quarterback came in relief of Sanchez late in the third quarter on Dec. 2 as he rallied the Jets past the Arizona Cardinals 7-6. In that game, McElroy threw the game-winning touchdown pass to tight end Jeff Cumberland.